- Legislation and sources of information for resources and initiatives
- Identify the environmental regulations which apply in your local government area relevant to your workplace activities and provide details of what is covered by these regulations and by-laws.
|So, in our workplace we dump our waste by following NSW environment regulation ie. plastic,paper and glass separate.
|Use the least quantity of water necessary, such as when boiling a kettle for one person.drink, only put that much liquid in it.
|When not in use, all lights should be turned off, and you should use the most energy-efficient lighting, power-saving features, and the right-sized equipment.
- Identify any resources and initiatives which are in place or available in your state to help businesses to reduce their waste and use resources more efficiently.
Ans:= Resources and initiatives which are in place or available in our state to help businesses to reduce their waste and use resources more efficiently are follows:=
- Energy and Utilities Administration Act 1987
b. Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
c. Soil Conservation Act 1938
- List 1 initiative that is relevant to your sector within the Tourism, Hospitality and Events Industry and list all resources which are available through these initiative(s). Outline how these would be used.
Ans:= The Green Globe initiative is encouraged by the Australian Hotels Association (AHA). The tourist and hospitality sectors use the Green Globe programme primarily as a benchmarking, certification, and performance improvement tool. Businesses who join have access to a wealth of resources in exchange for a membership fee, and if they meet requirements in areas like solid waste management, fresh and waste water management, decreased glasshouse gas emissions, and increased energy efficiency, they are certified. An example template for an environmental policy, a “health check” of your organisation to identify areas for improvement, access to benchmarking software called Earth Check, which enables companies to track their progress and measure their consumption levels on an annual basis, the creation of an action plan, and assessment reports are all available online through Green Globe.
- Measuring current consumption and identifying existing procedures of work practices and purchasing:
Conduct a practical assessment of your organisation’s resources and practices. You may use the forms
attached below to collect your data or any software available to you (for example you may create a
spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel).
For this purpose you need to complete the following activities:
- Take the current meter reading for gas, electricity and water.
- Create a table or list and enter:
all equipment and appliances used in one specific department (for example Kitchen, F&B etc.), and measure the consumption of electricity as listed on the appliance labels.
- Measure the flow rate for water of various taps using the formula “Flow rate = Volume/Time (L/min)”
- Inspect the type of lighting used and determine the KW/H (1000 Watt = 1 KWH) used in that department based on typical or given workplace practices during operation.
- Inspect the provisions for recycling.
- Determine the intervals of waste collection and determine the size of the cubicle(s) used.
- This task is performed outside: Wearing gloves and using tongs, physically inspect the contents of garbage bins from your department and inspect the approximate waste for each category (Glass, paper, card board, green waste etc) and express these in percent (approximately).
- Determine the energy consumption ratings, use and settings of air conditioners and heaters where applicable and document the potential KWH usage for these units.
- Determine the resources required for any plants, landscaping or outside areas as relevant.
- List the purchasing strategies which are currently in place including environmentally sustainable approaches; carbon foot print considerations (for example use local supplies from growers etc.)
- Identify any workplace environmental and occupational hazards you may encounter during your resource analysis.
- Identify any breaches or potential breaches for environmental practices you have encountered in the audited area during your project and outline the issues.
- Setting efficiency targets
- Analyse the results you have obtained for usage of resources and compare these results against:
- Work and workflow processes: – which improvements could be made?
- Industry Schemes: – How do your results compare?
- Technology: – Are you using efficient technology?
- Resources: – Is there a benefit of switching e.g. from electricity to gas in some areas or using other measures?
- Best Practice: – Are there recommendations from manufacturers or bodies that recommend particular practices?
- Set your targets in a table or spreadsheet based on your findings of the analysis.
- Outline the provisions for communication this would require with key stakeholders relevant to your position and workplace and how this will be achieved. Include a template for an agenda and table for entering actions.
For this part of the assessment project you are required to write and environmental resource efficiency improvement plan which details the following:
- The purpose of the plan
- An overview what has been undertaken and why
- The resource areas and targets you have established based on Section 3, Part A;
- The measures and tools you will implement to achieve these targets;
- Strategies that can be used to ensure staff compliance with environmental requirements and to achieve new targets;
- Strategies you will use for purchasing and selection of supply chains;
- A calculation which will provide information as to the potential savings that can be achieved over time, given the investment;
Use of e.g. 10 light bulbs rated at 0.060 KWH in Kitchen area could be replaced with 10 energy saving bulbs rated at 0.012 KWH which would represent an energy saving of (10 * 48 = 0.480KWH) 0.480 KW per hour x $ 0.28 = $ 0. 1344 per hour or at 10 hours per day: $ 0.1344 x 10 = $1.35/ Day.
For a 7 day operation this then equates to a potential saving of $ 492.75 minus the proportion of the cost of the energy saving bulb @ $ 7.50 /5000 hours ($1.50 per 1000 hours use)versus an ordinary bulb @ $ 0.75 /1000 hours lifespan.
10 Showerheads in guest rooms rated A could be replaced by ones rated AAA with a potential saving of (10 * 55 L = 550 L ) 550 Litres per day etc. (0.55 x 1.80 = $ 0.99/day x 365 = $ 361.35/year) minus the initial cost for purchasing the more efficient showerheads (for the first year only)
- The provisions for communication to periodically discuss and network with colleagues to make adjustments and identify progress;
- A spreadsheet or set of tools which can be used to record and monitor periodic results from readings and invoices/ statements for utilities;
- Examples how you will evaluate strategies and make adjustments to the improvement plan.