Finalists for the 2012 Endeavour Awards Environmental Solution of the Year award are:
Eco-Terrazz End of Life Tile
The Eco-Terazz End of Life Tile grew from a strategic objective to minimise the environmental footprint of Armstrong and their products.
Armstrong, a large user of post consumer and post industrial recycled plastics, which were often in short supply, sought other means to supplement these materials. In 2010, after much research and development, Armstrong approached Corporate end user clients and arranged to collect End of Life vinyl tiles from refurbished department stores and supermarkets for recycling back into a new product, Eco-Terrazz.
This recycled material enabled Armstrong to produce 200 tonne of finished Eco-Terrazz, doubling their initial target. The development of Eco-Terrazz with 60% recycled content, has saved thousands of tonnes of material from landfill, as well as creating a new product for valuable export and local markets.
Eco-Terrazz is one more initiative by Armstrong, Australia’s only manufacturer of commercial vinyl flooring. Previous initiatives have seen potable water usage dropped by 50% and CO2 emissions reduced by 40% per tonne of material produced
Sustainable Management System
Heaneys has implemented an environmental management system (EMS) to reduce its carbon footprint across all business aspects.
The EMS is in accordance with the Sustainable Green Print initiative rolled out by Printing Industries Australia.
Consultants have been brought in to reduce electricity use through a comprehensive assessment of energy consumption, timing of consumption around peaks, and energy waste through 'electricity leaks'.
Major environmental impacts including solid waste production, water use and electricity consumption form the foundation of the EMS.
As the first printing company to go through many of these processes the company has worked directly with Printing Industries to ensure that the entire industry can maintain sustainability and adopt Heaneys practices to achieve its own sustainability goals.
LONGWARRY FOOD PARK
Milk Powder Production
Longwarry has aimed to become a more environmentally sustainable company by reducing wastage, increasing plant optimisation, water consumption reduction and also trying to conserve energy wherever possible.
The company has put in place practical routines in order to reach regular targets such as reducing cleaning times from three and a half hours down to two by using newer technology.
Plant productivity has also been improved and the installation of a new technology machine has meant material wastage was reduced by 98%.
Longwarry has received a $500,000 grant from AusIndustry for reducing energy consumption to match best practice as well as a $50,000 grant from South East Water in Victoria to reduce water consumption.
Lighting Reduction Project
Sedac approached a nationwide supermarket retailer with an energy management initiative which would take control of its lighting system.
The company designed and manufactured a control system to eliminate user inefficiencies and enable enhanced control through time schedules and sensors suited to the supermarket's needs, thus reducing the money spent and CO2 emissions from lighting left on unnecessarily.
Sedac identified all savings options available related to lighting and showed the client how these could be achieved through a series of trial sites.
The trial sites proved the effectiveness of the control system, showed the results of the different options and encouraged an open discussion on how to move forward and narrowed down the best works and switchboard design.
After considering different installation and pricing options, all parties agreed on the thirteenth scope revision which simplified the control, ensured great paybacks, simplified project management and administrative requirements, and had a minimal affect on store staff whilst maintaining enormous energy savings.
SULO 360L Kompakt MGB (Mobile Garbage Bin)
SULO recognised a major problem facing Australian waste management, in that 33% of all weighted household recyclables currently end up in landfill.
The alternative options of more bins or more frequent collections were thought to be too costly and environmentally unsustainable.
The company decided larger capacity was the solution – a 360L Australian designed and manufactured MGB.
The larger capacity allows for waste minimisation by reducing the leakage of recyclables into landfill.
As a consequence, it also reduces landfill costs to local councils (and ultimately ratepayers) and contributes significantly to local council compliance with national waste reduction targets set by the Federal Government.
The design of the MGB has been certified tested and the 50% larger bin takes up a similar amount of space on the nature strip as the smaller model.
It is also manufactured using up to 35% recycled content and they are currently being used by Brisbane City Council which has seen a 20% increase in recycling.
The 2012 Endeavour Awards Environmental Solution of the Year award is sponsored by Atlas Copco.