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GreenThemes: Energy

09 February 2015 5:00 PM | Anonymous member
What energy efficient law firms are doing and how to buy stuff

In this newsletter:

Energy Efficiency in law firms Energy Case Study Up Next: Procurement
  • Lighting
  • Office Equipment
  • Office Procedures
  • Stretch Target for KWM
  • Answer our 10 second survey
  • Join the sustainability champions to talk about sustainable procurement
After talking, sharing and reading about energy efficiency during the last few months, what did we learn?

Energy Efficiency from our Sustainability Champions
Recent meetings of our Sustainability Champions' Networks revealed that firms are implementing or have implemented the following energy savings initiatives:

  • Replacing T8 lamps with more efficient T5 lamps 
  • Replacing halogen downlights with more efficient LEDs (or dichroic halogens)
  • Timer and Sensor lighting
  • Zoned lighting, particularly for after hours 
  • Designing floors with offices away from windows or offices with transparent walls to maximise natural light
Office Equipment
  • Replacing desktop computers with laptops (or even tablets)
  • Autoshutdown of computers 
  • Powersave modes or overnight powerdown for all equipment - printers, faxes, drinks fridges, water heaters/coolers, coffee machines, vending machings, (particularly after 7pm)
Office Procedures
  • Induction processes: including  expectations for turning off, proper recycling, etc 
  • Meeting rooms: keeping doors shut when not in use to minimise cooling 
  • Meeting rooms: turning off lighting and cooling (early preparation of rooms in advance of scheduled meetings allows the temp to equilibrate)

 Case Study: Stretch Targets for KWM

King and Wood Mallesons' Melbourne office have set themselves an aspirational target to reduce electricity use by 30% in the 12 months to June 2015. The strategy seems to be working as data estimates they have gone beyond the 20% mark already. More... 
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"Suppliers to the NAB Group must adopt...sustainability principles to actively manage sustainability risks when dealing with their own key suppliers"
 NAB Supplier Sustainability Principles

What is your firm doing about Sustainable Procurement?

Answer our 10 Second Survey to help AusLSA identify how we can help Members meet these  expectations from clients and improve their corporate responsibility. 

Sustainability Champions' Networks

The AusLSA Sustainability Champions' Networks this quarter will be focussing on sustainable procurement. We will be joined by sustainable supply chain specialists from EY who will be able to answer all your questions about taking your supply chain strategy to the next level of sustainability. 

Sydney Melbourne  Brisbane 
 Thursday 21 May

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