Dandenong-based business, Victoria Carpets, has won the inaugural Premier's Regional Recognition Award in the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 for their commitment to ongoing operational improvements to reduce environmental impact at their Bendigo Woollen Mill.
Presented for the first time in the awards 11 year history, the Regional Recognition Award was chosen by the Premier from all regional finalists and projects.
Victoria Carpets won the Large Business category of the awards and then went on to win the top regional award.
Overall winner for the night, recipient of the Premier’s Recognition Award, was a project by Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre for introducing recycling to a community housing estate.
Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, congratulated the Victoria Carpets team for their work across the Bendigo Woollen Mill.
"As an example, recent energy audits at their mill highlighted high levels used by lighting and heating. After extensive testing, all factory lighting was upgraded to LED technology, resulting in 550,000 kWh reduction in energy. Older heaters were replaced with new technology, resulting in a 6,000 gj reduction in gas usage.
“These are great examples of resource productivity and its opportunities for Victorian manufacturing,” he said.The Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action.
The full list of winners of the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 are:
- Innovative Products or Services Award - ModWood Technologies for development of Flame Shield®, a wood-plastic composite for building in bushfire areas
- Infrastructure and Buildings Award - RMIT University for their Swanston Academic Building: a progressive tertiary learning environment
- Environmental Protection Award - Mallee Catchment Management Authority's project: Restoring the balance in the drought-riven Hattah Lakes
- Education Award - Bentleigh Secondary College - a world recognised, very sustainable school
- Small and Medium Enterprises Award – Rae-Line for embedding sustainability practices in manufacturing soft trim components for trucks
- Large Business Award – Victoria Carpets for their work in energy and emissions reduction in their Bendigo plant
- Community Award - Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre, taking recycling to public housing residents
- The Premier's Regional Recognition Award - Victoria Carpets
Photographs from the Awards dinner and more information on the winners are available at sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au. To arrange interviews or for further media information contact Cath Newell on 0423 587 478.
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