Title: Energy and Water Conservation
Category: Safety and Security
Implement Date: 13 May 2009
Application: Facilities Management/Custodial Operations
Appendices and Forms
|4.||Offenders use of water|
|6.||Water measurement and monitoring|
|7.||Maintenance of measurement and monitoring plan|
|8.||Water conservation plan|
|9.||Energy Conservation Plan|
To reduce water consumption within a corrective services facility, in line with community expectations and in accordance with the Water Act 2000. Water conservation initiatives contribute to the preservation of this natural resource to ensure availability for future generations.
To reduce energy consumption within a corrective services facility, in line with community expectations and the Strategic Energy Efficiency Policy (SEEP). Our objectives are-
Energy Conservation refers to the practice of decreasing the quantity of energy used.
It can be achieved through efficient energy use and the implementation of Energy Performance Contracts at facilities, therefore decreasing consumption. Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) uses energy in the form of electricity and gas at all facilities.
Potable water is water that is drawn from the mains supply public water system. This water is used for human consumption and for utility purposes (for example: for showering, toilet flushing, ordinary laundry, cleaning up in food services, landscaping and irrigation).
Significant amounts of potable water are used for utility purposes in a few facilities (for example: farm irrigation, composting and water-intensive industries such as a commercial laundry).
Water Conservation refers to the practice of reducing the quantity of water used.
The Agency must promote effective, responsible management of water and energy within the corrective services environment by reducing consumption, identifying potential wastage and installing water and energy-saving devices.
The general manager of a corrective services facility must implement a system to educate offenders on the use of water and energy and the measurement and monitoring of consumption in a corrective services facility. The system must make it possible to -
The six SEQ facilities required to comply with the conditions of a WEMP must establish and adhere to procedures and mandatory reporting guidelines set out by the QWC, relevant councils and Facilities Management Branch.
For all other facilities, the general manager of that facility must establish mechanisms and procedures, including the development of a local procedure, to enable the measurement and conservation of water that is appropriate and consistent with the location of the corrective services facility and its relevant council.
QCS' core business can benefit significantly by moving towards best energy management practices. It can reduce costs, increase profitability and improve on performance through effective production, operation, maintenance and addressing environmental issues. A detailed Strategic Energy Management Plan (in-confidence) (SEMP) has been created to show recent and future energy saving measures by the Agency.
The general manager must consult with the Facilities Management Branch regarding water audits, water measurement and monitoring and a water conservation plan.
The general manager of a facility with a WEMP must nominate a person to-
Offenders must be provided with information on the use of potable water in corrective services facilities and encouraged to comply with water restrictions in line with appendix - Guidelines for Potable Water Use. Staff must monitor and supervise offender compliance with appendix - Guidelines for Potable Water Use.
A water efficiency audit is an integral component of a WEMP. A water audit is required for all sites that use >10ML or more per year (as required by WG-1 WEMP Guideline).
Water audits should be conducted by a Water Efficiency Assessor or a professional with qualifications relevant to and experienced in water auditing of premises of a similar nature to the business activities being audited and after consultation with Facilities Management Branch.
For the facilities not currently on a WEMP the general manager must clarify and formalise the facility's water systems that use large quantities of potable water. For example -
Under Section 360ZCF of the Water Act 2000 and the Notice of Procedures Non-Residential High Volume Water Users Compliance Program, a quarterly and annual report of compliance must be submitted to the Water Service Provider.
To avoid penalties and fines to the Agency, facilities under a WEMP must continue to monitor, measure and report to Facility Management Branch to facilitate the quarterly and annual reports to the relevant councils.
The maintenance phase includes continued notification to the Facilities Management Branch who liaise directly with external service providers for recording and monitoring of all facilities' water, gas and electricity consumption-
The facilities currently under a WEMP have an existing Water conservation plan in place. For all other facilities, the general manager should review, on an annual basis, all potable water use practices at the relevant corrective services facility with a view to planning, recommending or implementing improvements, such as-
Managers of utility water systems and operations that use potable water for utility purposes must follow practices similar to those above for measuring and managing its use (refer WG-1 WEMP Guideline).
All new systems, devices and equipment that require a cooling medium in order to operate should, to the extent possible, use air for that purpose as opposed to non-recirculated potable water.
Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) will be introduced to assist in the net reduction of energy consumption at all facilities and the level of greenhouse gas emissions linked to these reductions. Utilising EPCs allow exposure to ideas that produce an overall reduction of energy by using latest technology in retrofitting energy consuming devices, which is preferable to considering each individual energy use (lighting, air conditioning etc) separately.
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