Gosford RSL set about developing environmental sustainable business practices as a part of its long term strategic plan. The Club recognized the importance of improving operational efficiencies through new capital investment and changing workplace practices. Water and energy management were two key areas of the business that needed to be addressed due to the natural high usage and dramatic cost increases.
The Club’s long term philosophy is to trade and live, within the limits that the environment can provide and reduce our corporate demand on the environment. Therefore, it is imperative that the current operations of the business demonstrates this and future expansion incorporate environmentally sustainable design.
Gosford RSL introduced a suite of water saving initiatives which will achieve measurable outcomes and benefit the environment and major stakeholders including club members, the Central Coast community and staff. The selective approach to projects, linked to a common premise of water saving initiatives, has enabled the Club to benefit from the NSW Government’s Climate Change Fund. The fund is administered by the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) in support of long-term water savings.
The Club implemented six projects of which four were funded by the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water. The main projects included;
Smart Water Meters – This is an advanced meter that identifies consumption in more detail than a conventional meter which communicates information via a network back to the local utility for monitoring and billing purposes. Smart water meters collect real time water usage information about where and when water is being used, therefore assisting the Club to manage water consumption and potential loss of water by leakage. A sudden spike or unexplained deviation could indicate early, ruptured or damaged internal reticulation. It’s anticipated that there will be about a 3 per cent saving on water consumption.
The installation of a smart water meter will give the Club access to data which allow us to be more engaged and have access to consumption information which will lead to water being more efficiently utilised and to be actively involved in identifying leaks and a timely and cost efficient way. This tool will assist the Club in short and long term water management
A smart meter was installed on the main supply line of the Motel and the Club. This has a wireless link back to a pre-determined computer which collects data and profiles water usage and times at the rate of one pulse per one hundred (100) litres for accuracy. A sudden spike or unexplained deviation could indicate early, ruptured or damaged internal reticulation.
A long term benefit is to enable the Club to build a long term profile of water usage to measure and manage deviations and wastage. Case studies show that a 3% saving on water can be anticipated.
Water Storage Tanks – The Club has an average of 12,607,000 (calculated over 5 years) litres of water consumption for the Club and Motel each year.
Two rainwater tanks, a 30,000 litre and 50,000 litres were installed to harvest rainwater from the main club roof, whilst one 5000 litre tanks was also installed at the motel roof. These tanks have reduced reliance on mains water use resulting in savings in excess water charges. The stored water is now used for external washing of access pathways, club vehicles and irrigation for gardens and grounds and topping up the pool motel pool. To further manage external water usage and demand the existing automated irrigation system was decommissioned and water tolerant plants and natives were used in carpark landscaping.
Water Wise Urinals – A water management system reduces the amount of water utilised for the urinals.
Energy Management Strategies
The Club has installed Sun Power Energy Conservation Technology, which included 3 distribution power board savers. Of particular importance was to manage air-conditioning power consumption which carried at least 50% of the Club’s total power consumption load. Briefly the system objectives were to:
Once installed the technology would generate annual power savings of between 7.5% and 15%. Which translated to a payback period of 10 months. The savings in energy consumption are equivalent to 400+ tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. In addition to this technology, the club has replaced all refrigeration units to more energy efficient models; removed of all old air conditioning plant and installation of more energy efficient units –to all 51 motel units and there has been the progressive changeover of existing lighting to long life low energy LED’s.
Food Waste Management System
The WasteMaster system conserves essential resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with landfill, while also contributing significantly to cleaner and safer waste collection and storage.
Food waste is simply loaded into the system and in less than 24 hours is converted into a compost-like, high-calorific value residual material. The process doesn’t require additives or water to work and the volume of the waste loaded is reduced by up to 80 per cent.
WasteMaster re-utilises food waste, turning it into a valuable resource, while providing an environmentally and financially viable solution for businesses and workplaces.