We may wear grey but we’re going green

Published on Royal Australian Navy (author), ABIS Chris Beerens (photographer)

Location(s): Rockingham, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Keanu Barret installing a shower timer to create an awareness of water waste. (photo: ABIS Chris Beerens)
Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Keanu Barret installing a shower timer to create an awareness of water waste.

With the motto 'Train to Win', HMAS Stirling’s Training Centre-West, are putting continuous improvement into practice by doing things better and taking action without waiting for others to solve problems.
 
There is an increasing community expectation for organisations to be environmentally friendly and Royal Australian Navy is no exception.
 
Training Centre-West have committed to reducing their environmental footprint and energy consumption through the implementation of an Environmental Management Plan and a more sustainable approach to training activities.
 
Stretching targets for the year have been set and are currently being achieved.
 
These include a reduction of both energy source consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

"At a zero cost investment, we are taking the lead at Stirling and will be better positioned to reduce our risk exposure to increasing energy costs," said Training Facility Manager, Lieutenant Will Singer.

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Keanu Barrett uses a light meter to measure the ambient light in Training Centre West, HMAS Stirling.

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Keanu Barrett uses a light meter to measure the ambient light in Training Centre West, HMAS Stirling.



"Our Environmental Management Plan is to measure, mitigate and manage our environmental footprint.

"Knowing the energy consumption pattern is achieved through existing sub-metering software.

"We report our performance regularly to keep track of progress."

By switching off monitors, brew room appliances, televisions, microwave ovens and lights as part of a changing culture is yielding great results.

"This plan is about changing members' habits and employing proven ideas to reduce our energy here at Stirling," said Officer in Charge, Lieutenant Commander Robert Underdown.

With the cultural changes come other benefits including compliance with government legislation, reducing the global warming effects of climate change, enhancing Navy’s reputation as a social responsible citizen and notwithstanding reducing energy costs.

Training Centre-West, is located in Rockingham, Western Australia, and facilitates over 160 various courses with over 2,500 trainees every year.