Australian Federal Police (AFP) is committed to reducing its aggregate environmental impact from energy consumption and mitigating ongoing costs in the face of rising electricity prices. Since joining CitySwitch AFP has made great
steps towards improving its performance.
Subsequently, AFP’s NABERS performance has lifted considerably across the board. To this end AFP has funded, driven or enabled a number of sustainability initiatives across different tenancies within their portfolio, including:
full LED lighting or controls upgrades, computer room air conditioning (CRAC) unit recommissioning, and air conditioning control refinement.
Since joining CitySwitch in 2017, an energy saving of 1,965,593 kWh has been achieved, with an improvement in NABERS tenancy ratings seen across almost all of AFP’s tenancies. This efficiency drive’s goal was, and still
is, to realise the performance potential of existing, underperforming tenancies and buildings. Rather than offset poor performance with further, unnecessary technology, this process has addressed root causes; poor commissioning,
latent design matters and maintenance malaise.
By participating in CitySwitch, AFP has been inspired to set an example to the wider Commonwealth; to demonstrate that policing and security operations do not need to be excessively energy intensive. This attitude has been used to set
a role model for other entities.
The initiatives and projects undertaken by AFP have been shared with other Federal Government Departments including Home Affairs, Department of the Environment and Energy, Department of Agriculture and Department of Human Services to
inspire and support these agencies’ endeavours to deliver similar outcomes. In particular, AFP’s approach to datacentre cooling has been put forward as the “gold standard” of how the Commonwealth should
approach air conditioning provided to its critical environments.