Six-month management review
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For this assessment learners are required to review implementation of changes to policy and procedures, and report on progress and required modifications.
You are required to complete a review of the implementation of the Sydney Opera House (SOH) Environmental Sustainability Policy. The review takes place six months after the initial presentation of changes and is reported to Sydney Opera House (SOH) staff. As part of the review process you are undertaking you need to ensure that you:
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The Sydney Opera House (SOH) is the platform where musicians, singers, dancers, actors and speakers throng the stage over years.
Sydney Opera House (SOH)’s Yearly Reports for 2009-13 spell out commendable achievements in a challenging financial scenario.
Sydney Opera House continued to work closely with the NSW and Australian governments towards publication of the Conservation Management Plan 4th edition this year (2012).
Despite the challenging economic environment, SOH has been able to operate commercially well with operating cash flow of $0.8m and operating revenues grew by $4.1m - an increase of 5%.
The resident companies – The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, the Sydney Symphony and Sydney Theatre Company – represented 51% of total audiences and 33% of all performances.
Although the number of guided tours decreased slightly, the new foreign language tours grew considerably. Perhaps reflecting the global environment, the domestic tourist market grew by 25%.
Work continued throughout the last financial year on the Accessibility and Western Foyers Project. Successfully completed and officially unveiled this month, the Project represents the biggest building and construction project since the re-engagement with Jørn Utzon in 1999. Funded by the NSW Government, the $38 million project was completed on budget and on time.
Sony Australia signed a multi-year deal with Sydney Opera House (SOH) to become a Major Partner and the exclusive entertainment technology partner. This significant partnership will transform and modernise Sydney Opera House (SOH) public spaces with new technology including digital content delivery, creating a more vibrant and interactive experience for the 7.4 million visitors to the Bennelong precinct each year.
For the first time, Sydney Opera House (SOH) appointed an Energy and Sustainability Manager to oversee and implement a suite of measures to guide the environmental future of the Sydney Opera House (SOH) business and site (2009/10). A new range of safety programs and systems were implemented and Sydney Opera House (SOH) began a process of benchmarking with other performing arts centres here and around the world.
The invaluable support of the NSW Government, major partners NAB and Sony and all other partners, corporate sponsors and donors who, through their generosity, allow the Opera House to bring more events to the community.
In giving the world one of the 20th Century’s greatest buildings, Jørn Utzon changed the creative and cultural landscape of Australia forever. Sydney Opera House (SOH) continues the legacy of Utzon’s creative genius by creating, producing and presenting the most acclaimed, imaginative and engaging performing arts experiences from Australia and around the world - onsite, offsite and online. One of our long-term strategic goals is to create a vibrant and sustainable site. For us, sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In doing this we apply the values of stewardship, inclusivity, integrity and transparency.
This Policy details our commitment to the environmental component of sustainability. Opera House believe that to achieve an enduring contribution to our culture and society and to maintain economic viability, we must live responsibly within our environment. We are committed to:
Opera House aim to embed environmental sustainability in everything they do while meeting the strategic goals of its diverse business:
To enhance OH’s role as the creative and cultural flagship of Australia, Sydney Opera House (SOH) strives to be a global leader in sustainable performing arts centres, including being an industry leader in sustainable event management throughout the entire event lifecycle.
We will drive to improve the environmental performance of the Sydney Opera House (SOH) precinct through engaging and influencing our stakeholders including commercial, corporate and presenting partners, our supply chain and our customers.
As a global icon, host for visitors from around the world, and a community symbol that unites Australians, OH believe it is our responsibility to emonstrate and communicate our practices openly to raise environmental awareness and to engage and empower others.
This Policy provides a framework to implement measures to improve our environmental performance. OH will:
Opera House acknowledge that we are at the start of this journey. We commit to learning and continually improving to achieve these goals.
2009-13 SUSTAINABILITY REPORTS REVIEW
CRITICISM BECAUSE OF SLACKNESS IN IMPLEMENTATION
GOALS & OBJECTIVES 2009/2013
GAS/ELECTRICITY/WATER USAGE WITH SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (SOH) OFFICE
It is a complete and comprehensive transformative process which requires considerable Sydney Opera House continued to implement its Environmental Sustainability Plan this year and in recognition of environmental achievements Silver Partner status was awarded through participation in the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage program.
Reaching out to the broader community, Earth Hour was once again celebrated on 31 March 2012. In addition to turning off the Sail lights for the hour, this year Sydney Opera House turned off advertising screens, dimmed lights where possible and hosted the World Wide Fund for Nature Earth Hour Awards onsite. In another first, broadcasts of Sydney Opera House’s support of Earth Hour were posted on YouTube and the UNESCO websi
Improvements to water metering and monitoring, planned for 2011/12 were delayed while an integrated solution for metering of electricity, gas and water is investigated in 2013.
Electricity use at Sydney Opera House decreased from last year by 2% through implementing energy efficiency upgrades.
An undetected leak in May and June 2012, which has since been resolved, contributed to the increased result against the baseline. Significant effort will be put into early detection of leaks and achieving the 15% reduction on the baseline year over 2012/13.
— 187 tonnes of comingled recycling, glass, light bulbs and fluorescent tubes were diverted from landfill. — A ‘reuse’ bin was placed in the central passage area to enable easy collection and transport of reusable goods to Reverse Garbage and improved signage on recycling bins in outside areas. — New recycling bins for theatre foyers were installed in the Western Foyers. — Sydney Opera House became a signatory to the Flurocycle recycling scheme, committing to recycle all our fluorescent lights to minimise mercury to landfill.
Government Information and Public Access (GIPA) Act 2009
Sydney Opera House Trust Act 1961
(NSW) or the Sydney Opera House Trust By-Law 2010.
Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
(NSW) (EP&A Act
State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011
Through our first environmental sustainability plan 2010-2013 (esp) we have achieved a number of tangible environmental improvements :–
reduced electricity use from 2000/01 baseline (approximately 10% reduction).
Increased office paper purchased with recycled content from 15% to more than 85%. Implement sustainable event initiatives and event resource accounting.
Through the first ESP 2010/13 a number of tangible environmental improvements have been achieved
Reduced electricity use by 7% from 2000/01 baseline electricity use.
Increase in the purchase of recycled office paper from 15% to 96%.
Implementation of sustainable event initiatives and event resourcing accounting.
Implementation of new recycling streams and improved waste management.
Improved environmental risk management of major building projects.
Inclusion of a range of successful sustainability talks in our Public Programs.
Funding partnerships created with corporate and not-for-profit organisations and the NSW Government to enhance the impact of programs.
In 2012 we achieved short-listing for the Green Globe Award and also Silver Recognition under the Sustainability Advantage Program.
The ESP 2010/13 set a target of 15% reduction in water use (on the baseline year of 2005/06) by June 2013. However, water use had increased by 46% at year end, due to inefficiencies in the air-conditioning system. Building Development and Maintenance investigated the air-conditioning system and found a cost-effective solution, with installation of rainwater harvesting replacing mains use. Increases in gas use in 2012/13 were in part due to the use of accurate data. Malfunctioning gas meters were repaired in November 2011. During 2012/13 the following energy management initiatives were implemented:
6% green power purchase during 2012/13.
Concert Hall low level lighting retrofit.
Investigation of building management and control systems to achieve maximum efficiency from air-conditioning plant and equipment.
The four focus areas established to drive environmental initiatives over the three years are:
Use Resources Efficiently and Responsibly – Implement strategies that will enable the Opera House, our partners and stakeholders to use resources sustainably and efficiently.
Minimise waste – Minimise waste sent to landfill through waste avoidance, improving recycling rates and collecting data to drive better recycling behaviour.
Improve Environmental Risk Management – Improve environmental performance, demonstrate due diligence and ensure effective systems, processes and knowledge aremaintained throughout the organisation.
Embed, Engage and Inspire Change – Embed the ESP into the core Opera House mission and activities to engage and inspire others to reduce their environmental impacts and set a positive example for Australia.
AUDIT OF SUSTAINABILITY
To ensure the sustainability the following areas are audited
Sydney Opera House (SOH) Trust Risk Management Committee ensures that obligations are met with respect to financial reporting, internal controls and risk management, along with compliance with all laws, regulations and codes of ethics.
Performance and compliance audits were carried out by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu on a variety of business processes and systems as part of the internal review program for the 2006/07 period, including:
Business process and system improvement recommendations were monitored by the Trust Risk Management Committee.
For further information on risk management refer to the Governance
WASTE AND RECYCLING MANAGEMENT
The conduct of waste audits has continued enabling strategies to be refined and tested for waste collection, removal and procurement. The year has resulted in a positive change in the ratio of recyclable waste which has been achieved in part by:
increased focus on the separation and recycling of cardboard and paper from general waste by providing more recycling bins, increased focus on the separation and recycling of building works waste materials from general waste
introduction of separation of loose waste such as foam containers for fruit and vegetables for recycling reduced rates of contamination among separate waste streams such as glass, cardboard and paper
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