At Australia's premier sustainability awards, we were delighted to see that the Environment and Planning Directorate, ACT won the Gold Award for their wind feed-in tariff reverse auction program, which has created a competitive market place for renewable energy in the ACT. Energetics has an ongoing relationship with the ACT Government assisting them with their carbon neutrality strategy "The Climate Change Action Plan". The wind feed-in tariff reverse auction process forms a cornerstone in the ACT Government's renewable energy target of 90% by 2020.
We also offer our congratulations to GPT, which were the winners of the Large Business Sustainability Leadership Award for their commitment to sustainability which is an integral part of the organisation’s business strategy. For the fourth time over six years, GPT was recognised by being named the global sector leader in real estate, on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).
In the same category, Woolworths was a finalist. Amongst their achievements across their sustainability program, was a 18.7% drop in carbon emissions over 2014 together with estimated operational cost savings of $163.1m by 2015. Their commitment gained international recognition with the DJSI nominating them as the global leader in the Food & Staples Retailing sector.
Another finalist was Simplot, for their approach to sustainability which is embedded throughout the organisation and supported through their global three pillar sustainability commitment.
Transport for NSW won in the Innovation in Social Infrastructure category for its plans for the North West rail link, which will be Australia’s largest public transport project. This project sets new benchmarks in the delivery of sustainable infrastructure.
NSW: Green Globes Awards
Qantas was highly commended in the Energy Efficiency Award category for its 8.6-megawatt tri-generation plant in Sydney, at Australia’s busiest airport. The tri-gen plant is the nation’s largest commercial tri-generation facility, delivering electricity, chilled water for space cooling and hot water for space heating. It is capable of supplying 100 per cent of the site’s energy requirements while halving greenhouse gas emissions.
Finalist in the Energy Efficiency Award category was the GPT Group (again) recognised for its innovative approach to the first stage of GPT’s $200 million Murray Rose Business Park development in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct.
Victoria: Premier’s Sustainability Awards
In the Large Business Award category, Toyota Motor Corporation won for their “Sustainability – Toyota’s Next Big Step” program.
Energy Efficiency Council Awards
Congratulations to Simplot and Simplot's National Environment Manager, Graham Bryant, again receiving recognition as an outstanding example of company-wide commitment to energy efficiency in the Leading Energy User category. This commitment is centred on its “25 in 10” program which is based on reducing energy intensity in the business by 25% per tonne of process between 2008 and 2018. Quite simply, the man behind the program in Australia is Graham Bryant who was highly commended in the category of Energy Efficiency Champion.
Congratulations to Parmalat which were also highly commended in the Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project category.
International recognition – CDP Leadership Index
Across the two categories of performance and disclosure, the Commonwealth Bank, Dexus, GPT, Investa and NAB were included across multiple leadership categories. In the resources sector specifically, Woodside (winner), Rio Tinto (winner), BHPB (finalist) achieved the largest carbon reductions in different categories, together with Wesfarmers which was a finalist.
Congratulations to all, and we look forward to more exciting and innovative stories to share across 2015.