Page 678 - Week 02 - Thursday, 14 February 2013

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Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The following should be seen in the context of significant energy reduction projects undertaken at Dame Pattie Menzies House (DPMH) which have achieved an overall reduction in tenant power consumption over the period 2005-06 to 2010-11 of almost 60% (refer ESDD Annual Report 2011-12, page 273)

(1) The Directorate is undertaking the following additional projects to reduce energy usage:

a. Delamp DPMH to just above Australian lux reading standards.

b. Install infrared sensors to all office/meeting rooms

(2) The costs associated with each project is as follows:

a. Less than $2000.00

b. Less than $5000.00

(3) It is estimated that these projects will achieve a further ten per cent reduction in electricity consumption over 2005-06 levels.

Education and Training Directorate—energy usage
(Question No 36)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 29 November 2012:

(1) What projects or initiatives does the Directorate have planned in the 2012-13 financial year to reduce energy usage.

(2) What is the cost associated with each project or initiative.

(3) What is the estimated reduction in energy usage as a result of the project or initiative.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1) The Education and Training Directorate’s focus is on assisting ACT public schools towards achieving carbon neutrality. The major program in the 2012-13 year is the installation of roof mounted photovoltaic (solar panel) systems at all schools. A minimum 10 kilowatt (10kW) system is being installed at primary schools and a minimum 20kW system is being installed at high schools and colleges.

In addition, the Directorate is installing data monitoring systems to record and report the consumption of electricity, gas and water and the generation of solar energy. This will be used for school business management purposes as well as student learning.

Other environmental sustainable programs and initiatives being implemented by the Directorate include:

Carbon Neutral School Program which will include installation and upgrade of insulation, and installation of energy efficient lighting at ten schools

a trial of solar tubes at four schools

a trial of water refill stations at five schools. A further five will be installed as part of the capital works projects at those sites.

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