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power

There was a 4% increase in energy consumption of Summerland owned and leased premises this year, with 4996 kWh consumed per FTE.

Accredited renewable energy take-up in electricity contracts is currently 10% pa.

2018
4996
2017
4806
2016
5617
2015
6078

paper

Internal paper usage for the 2017/18 year was 3,933 sheets of normal copy paper per FTE. This is a 29% drop on the previous year.

Improving the environmental impact of the paper we purchase and use in our marketing collateral and member communications, 100% of A4 copy paper and customer statement paper is certified carbon neutral under the National Carbon Offset Standard Carbon Neutral program.

2018
3933
2017
5555
2016
5090
2015
8456

vehicles

The corporate vehicle fleet used 10,683 litres of fuel and 114 km per FTE. This is a 10% increase on the previous year.

Utilising video or teleconferencing forms part of the assessment when making staff travel decisions.

2018
114
2017
103
2016
115
2015
97

air travel

Business travel by air in 2017/18 consisted of flights covering 93,868 kms, which equated to 1,009 km per FTE.

This is a 28% reduction on the previous year.

2018
1009
2017
1405
2016
2979
2015
1196
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2008

  • Start our environmental sustainability journey
  • Sign up to NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage program
  • Develop Summerland Sustainability Journey: Vision and Strategy
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2009

  • First Annual Sustainability Report
  • Quarterly reporting to Board on resource use
  • Establish baseline paper, toner, electricity and fuel use data
  • Focus on energy and paper reduction
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2010

  • Eco Loans launched
  • Staff and community leave allows community service for environmental organisations
  • ‘Green’ criteria included in sponsorship applications
  • Online electronic newsletters
  • Energy and paper reduced
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2011

  • Achieve Bronze Partner status in the Sustainability Advantage program
  • Abacus Environmental Sustainability Award
  • Upgrade programme commenced for energy efficient lighting in all sites
  • Online applications introduced
  • Convert to more fuel efficient vehicles
  • Eco Month in spring each year

2012

  • Upgrades to head office energy efficient lighting, movement sensor fans and lighting
  • Online Learning Management System for staff (less paper)
  • Head office waste sorting and landfill reduction activities
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2013

  • Achieve Silver Partner status in the Sustainability Advantage Program
  • Online systems for opening accounts, memberships and loans
  • Update Summerland’s Environmental Sustainability Journey: vision and strategy
  • Environmental Investment Position
  • Board and Senior Managers using iPads and laptops rather than paper at meetings
  • Paper usage reduced
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2016

  • Creation of Sustainability Committee – staff from head office and branches to drive changes
  • Waste sorting and recycling in branches and head office
  • Duplex printing standard
  • Contractors educated on eco requirements
  • Hybrid cars for field lending staff
  • Participation in the Coast Adapt Project with National Climate Change Adaptation Research facility
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2017

  • Power factoring
  • Paper hand towels changed from virgin paper to sugar cane waste product (bagass), which is 100% biodegradable
  • Recycle carpet tiles from level 3 of head office building to Bangalow refurbishment
  • Focus on paper usage
  • Promotional items are more environmentally friendly
  • No balloons used in promotions
  • Move from paper-based to electronic newsletters
  • Less printed-paper posters and brochures
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2018

  • No single use plastic bags for grocery deliveries
  • Solar panels installed at head office
  • Six month statement cycle
  • eStatement focus with customers
  • Plastic money boxes phased out