5.3.1 Where to begin

Understand and baseline your entity's travel profile

In the first instance, understand how much travel is undertaken by your organisation, by what means and the environmental impacts.

An important first step in optimising travel practices is to understand the travel requirements of your organisation and the need for local, interstate and international travel. This baseline analysis will help tailor travel approaches that best meet business needs and environmental considerations. Most entities will be able to measure staff travel behaviour by internal records on the number of vehicles and flights and total mileage. However, for more accurate and disaggregated data, entities will be reliant on data collected by service providers for vehicle use and air travel. It may be worth approaching your provider to confirm their ability to report certain data and how frequently this data can be reported.

Guidance for reporting under section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 suggests that public sector entities should report the amount of various fuels consumed for transportation and total distance of air travel [153]. Reflecting the potentially large environmental impact of transport, some entities publicly report on GHG emissions associated with travel. For entities aiming to provide a concise and meaningful summary of the environmental impacts of their travel, Table 5.1 sets out some useful performance indicators.

Table 5.1 Travel performance indicators

The Australian Government Fleet Provider is required to provide entities with Annual Energy Reports, which detail vehicle fuel and energy consumption. Energy intensity of travel (megajoules/km per annum) and emissions is reported in the Energy Use in the Australian Government's Operations reports. Data from previous years can be obtained from the DCCEE website [154].

[153] Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Guidelines for Section 516A reporting - Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Available from: www.environment.gov.au/epbc/publications/pubs/reportingguidelines.pdf.

[154] DCCEE, Energy Use in the Australian Government's Operations reports, available from: www.climatechange.gov.au/en/ publications/energy-efficiency/energy-use.aspx.