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Defence Estate Quality Management System (DEQMS) BSI Certification

Environment Compliance Element Environmental Management


Defence will drive efficiency in energy management to maintain capability, reduce costs, and increase energy security

Steve Grzeskowiak, DEPSEC DSR - Defence Resilience Global Change Seminar—Defence Energy Symposium, 2016

Defence’s energy

All energy used to operate and maintain the Defence estate, including all internal and external energy sources such as electricity, natural gas, LPG, liquid fuels (for energy generation and passenger vehicles) and renewable energy sources, is considered stationary energy.

Energy (fuel) consumption arising from Defence onshore and offshore operations and training activities and operations overseas is considered through Defence’s overarching energy strategies. This energy is defined as operational energy and typically includes liquid fuels such as avgas, jet fuel, diesel and petrol.

Defence’s energy policy

Energy is a critical requirement for Defence to maintain and enhance its capability and as such Defence is committed to best practice energy management. Efficient and effective energy management is fundamental to Defence.

Defence’s energy requirements are significant and we have a responsibility to manage, procure and use energy in a way that delivers value for money and minimises the impact of our operations on the environment.

Defence estate energy

The 2016 Defence White Paper identifies the Defence estate as a key enabler of the Defence mission to ‘Defend Australia and its national interests’. Secure, reliable and sustainable energy is fundamental to achieving Defence’s mission now, and into the future.

Defence will manage energy effectively to enable the estate to support the Defence mission. To achieve this, Defence will:

  1. Improve energy security / resilience: The Defence estate is resilient through the continual delivery of secure and reliable energy from external and internal sources.
  2. Maximise energy productivity across the Defence business: Drive energy efficiency to support capability through integration into business processes and contracts.
  3. Transition to cleaner, more sustainable energy: Seek to partner with industry to drive investment in innovative and sustainable energy solutions.
  4. Measure and manage energy consumption and generation effectively: Improve our understanding of our energy requirements and consumption to manage energy responsibly and inform future energy decisions.

This policy aligns with Strategic Aim 4 of the Defence Environmental Policy.

Defence operational energy

The management of operational energy is undertaken through other strategic documents and guidelines. See References and Related Documents.

Whole-of-Government energy policy

In September 2006, the Australian Government released the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations (EEGO) Policy, which sets targets to help improve efficiency of energy consumption in government offices by all Commonwealth departments and agencies. The EEGO Policy aims to improve energy efficiency, and consequently reduce the whole of life cost and environmental impact of Government operations, and by so doing, lead the community by example. Defence is required to report on energy management and efficiency against a range of performance indicators annually to the Minister to demonstrate that progress is being made to manage energy more efficiently.

Defence is a major user of energy within Australian government operations and will continue to fulfil the requirements of whole-of-government energy policy, the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations (EEGO) Policy.


To find out more, contact the Director of Environmental Resource Management and Sustainability (DERMS).

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