Global reporting initiative index

Environmental information contained in Part 5 of the DPS Annual Report is structured using the core Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) environment performance indicators as a framework—see for more information. The GRI is an independent institution that provides a sustainability reporting framework allowing suitable benchmarking currently used by several Commonwealth agencies—including the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA).

DPS has reported against GRI indicators relating to its specific functions since 2003–04, in separate stand-alone environmental performance reports. Previous reports are available on the Parliament House website at the following address:

Figure 7—GRI Indicators

GRI environmental indicators


Material indicators

EN 1 Materials used by weight or volume

Page 83 indicates sustainable purchasing practices for materials with environmental impacts. Data not available on total use

EN 2 Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials.

See page 90

Energy indicators

EN 3 Direct energy consumption by primary energy source

See Figure 5.3 page 87

EN 4 Indirect energy consumption by primary source

Indirect energy not measured. Greenhouse gas emissions from indirect energy use are shown in Figure 5.7 page 93

Water indicator

EN 8 Total water withdrawal by source

See page 84–86

EN 11 Location and size of land owned, leased, or managed in or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

Not applicable in 2010–11

EN 12 Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

Not applicable in 2010–11

Emissions, effluents and wastes indicators

EN 16 Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight.

See Figure 5.7 page 93

EN 17 other relevant indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight

Figure 5.7 page 93

EN 19 Emissions of ozone depleting substances by weight

Figure 5.9 page 94

EN 20 NOx, SOx, and other significant air emissions by type and weight

Figure 5.10 page 94

EN 21 Total water discharge by quality and destination

See page 92

EN 22 Total weight of waste by type and disposal

See pages 90–92

EN 23 Total number and volume of significant spills

See page 92

Products and services indicators

EN 26 Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services, and extent of impacts mitigation

See pages 84–92

EN 27 Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category

Not applicable in 2010–11

Compliance indicator

EN 28 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

None recorded in 2010–11