Fishprint, a small printing business has won sustainability awards for reducing its waste generation by 98.9% and becoming carbon neutral. The printer uses a waterless printing technology, which results in reducing 20 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually. Other sustainability initiatives include purchasing 100% renewable energy; recycling paper, plastic wrap, ink cartridges and rags; replacing mineral-based inks with soy-based inks; and a paper purchasing policy that allows only for paper that is sourced from sustainably managed forests.
Aircraft component parts manufacturer, and subsidiary of Boeing, Hawker de Havilland ‘s program in 2001 began by simply focusing on compacting & recycling cardboard & plastic waste. The resulting focus has now generated annual savings of $1,023,000 with the recycling of plastics, cardboard, aluminium & a reduction in transportation, water and energy consumption.
Alcoa’s Pinjarra refinery improved its energy efficiency by 5% through plant upgrades and installation of co-generation plants. The upgrade additionally increased production, increasing revenue by $160 million per year. The cogen plants saved $7.5 million per year as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 15%.
Truck manufacturer PACCAR, the maker of Kenworth trucks, sliced $6680 off their power bill by upgrading energy inefficiency at its Bayswater plant. Best of all, implementation of the measures only cost $500 meaning a payback period of only 2 months!
Sustainability works for the trucking industry
Incitec Pivot, a major chemical manufacturer, installed Advanced Process Control software to automatically adjust operations of their ammonia for optimum efficiency, providing savings of 30,000 GJ of energy and reducing GHG emissions by around 1.5 kt CO2e per year while increasing productivity by 5 tonnes/day. Other initiatives at the site have included specialised refractory coating and refurbishing two boiler water pumps, which together have saved approximately 120,000 GJ of energy and 8 kt CO2e annually.
The Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been able to save 20% on its electricity in just 1 year by switching to an energy efficient lighting system. Besides just addressing energy efficiency within its offices, it also now diverts its organic waste from landfills completely. A sustainability KPI has been incorporated into all staff work plans to ensure everyone understands their role in achieving the organisation’s sustainability goals.
The carbon neutral Alto Hotel has won its third Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism in the Victorian Tourism Awards. Winning the award on the 14-November means the hotel has achieved Hall of Fame in Victoria. This award adds to the accolades the hotel has won in testament to their committed approach to sustainability. With low energy use, comprehensive waste management and sustainable purchasing integral to the business, Alto saves considerable money each year and attracts a strong business of environmentally-minded travellers.
Huntsman, a global chemical producer, has eliminated hydrochloric acid from its Victorian waste treatment program. The waste stream is now cleaner and the process is more efficient, saving the company $140,000 per year.
A concurrent water pump upgrade reduced potable water use by 1,000kL per year and paid for itself in only two months!
Bunker Freight Lines reduced fuel consumption by 12% and greenhouse gas emissions by 13% through a number of efficiency initiatives. Regular servicing and replacement of road trains was implemented to maintain efficiency of 1.25 kilometres per litre. Switching to LPG-assisted diesel fuel is estimated to save $2.8 million and 9.5 kt CO2e annually. Allowing drive tyres to be recapped twice has saved A$1 million annually as well as reducing 69% of embodied energy, 362 t CO2e and significant waste from buying new tyres.
Horsham House, a small bed and breakfast, uses 33% less electricity since 2006, 28% less gas since 2009, diverts almost 100% organic waste from landfill and has reduced water consumption by 46%. All this is done through installing simple energy efficient equipment and water saving practices.