Approximately 20% of Australia’s Greenhouse gas emissions are from buildings. Electricity and gas consumption are the main components of Greenhouse gas emissions at Parliament House.
- Gas is used for heating, domestic hot water and catering equipment.
- Electricity is used mainly for office lighting and power, mechanical services, lifts, chillers, computer equipment, catering equipment, water features, the central waste plant and boosted hot water heating.
- Diesel and petrol make up the remainder of energy consumed.
Energy conservation at Parliament House has been a high priority since the building was opened in 1988. Achievements include;
- Electricity consumption reduced by 41%
- Gas consumption reduced by 75%
- Greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 51%; and
- Total energy reduced by 59%
Performance for past reporting periods is available in Environment performance publications.
Energy conservation projects and strategies have included;
- replacing light globes with energy efficient types
- adjusting the operating times of lights and equipment so that it operates only when required
- installing roof-top solar panels
- installing a smarter building management system; and
- upgrading the air-conditioning and hot water systems with more efficient types.
To help Parliament House reduce greenhouse gases further, DPS also purchases 10% accredited renewable energy from sources, that include wind power, solar, mini-hydro and biomass.
We recognise our achievements over the past 25 years in reducing energy consumption and endeavour to further reduce our carbon footprint over the next 25 years.