Rae-Line is a 41 year old family owned and run business which manufactures soft trim components, such as upholstery, leather and vinyl trim and carpet, for the transport industry.
In 2012, Rae-Line appointed an Environmental Co-ordinator and developed an Environmental and Sustainability Policy which is supported by a number of core business activities, each aimed at improving environmental performance.
Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, congratulated the Rae-Line team on winning the award.
"As a result of their new policy, the company installed Victoria's second largest privately owned solar power system which means all of the business' seven sites are now 100 per cent solar," he said.
In another project, Rae-Line’s landfill waste has been reduced and their reuse and recycling of waste has significantly increased.
“Rae-Line is a great example of a Victorian manufacturer showing leadership and ingenuity,” Mr Krpan said.
Now in their eleventh year, 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.
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.
For the first time in the awards' history, the Premier also chose Victoria Carpets as the winner of the inaugural Premier's Regional Recognition Award.
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.