Kingfield Galvanizing from Somerton has won the Small and Medium Enterprises category in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards for development of a large, automated galvanizing plant with some of the lowest emissions of any similar plant in the southern hemisphere.
Kingfield Galvanizing has capacity to produce up to 30,000 tonnes of product per annum through an automated materials handling system that delivers more consistency and, therefore, reduced consumption of chemicals and waste production.
Their new fully enclosed pre-treatment, drying and hot dip galvanizing facilities prevent emissions from entering the atmosphere. Waste created from the galvanizing process is recycled and re-used, heat from the furnace is reclaimed, water is recycled within the plant and energy consumption per tonne is reduced.
Galvanizing applies a protective zinc coating to steel components to prevent corrosion. The process reduces maintenance requirements and the life cycle cost of an asset, delivering long-life, sustainable and predictable performance for steel in exposed installations or marine environments.
Melbourne company, eWater Systems, won the night’s top honour – the Premier’s Recognition Award – for developing water splitting technology which is used to clean and sanitise facilities such as hospitals, schools, manufacturing businesses and restaurants chemical free.
The Premier’s Regional Recognition Award was presented by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio to Exemplar Health, which developed Bendigo’s new hospital, regional Victoria’s largest.
The project integrates sustainable thinking into all elements of the site’s design, construction and systems to create a healing and therapeutic environment.
Sustainability Victoria’s interim Chief Executive, Stephanie Ziersch, said the awards showed how management of environmental issues was of growing importance for not just individuals, but businesses.
“Each year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards continue to discover Victoria’s best and most inspiring Victorian individuals, organisations and businesses which are developing and implementing new sustainable practices.”
“Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Your contributions will have positive long-term effects on our society and our way of life.”
The 2017 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards winners are:
Nightingale Housing – Nightingale 1 (Brunswick)
The Nightingale model is a new housing development system that enables like-minded architects to develop design-led, multi-residential housing that is environmentally, financially and socially sustainable.
The Nature Conservancy Australia – Shuck Don’t Chuck Recycling Project (Greater Geelong)
A reef restoration project that is regenerating the natural environment by rebuilding shellfish reefs with leftover oyster shells collected from local seafood restaurants.
CERES – Sustainability and Alternative Pathways (East Brunswick)
This sustainability leader celebrates 35 years of community-based learning and action. CERES’ work benefits the environment, is socially just, economically and culturally satisfying and helps to deliver better ways of living together.
Friends of the Earth – Coal and Gas Free Victoria (Collingwood)
An awareness campaign run across regional Victoria through more than 100 forums alerts communities to the potential threat of fracking and addresses the question of unconventional gas drilling.
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park – Orange-bellied Parrot Breeding for Recovery Program (Mornington Peninsula)
Development of a 20-aviary complex for up to 40 breeding birds resulted in 25 offspring from 12 pairs in the first season. The project is helping to save this endangered species from extinction.
Moreland City Council – Moreland Urban Heat Island Effect Action Plan (Moreland)
A 2016–2026 plan sets a clear approach for Council. It maps out vital projects needed for Moreland to transition to a cooler, greener and more resilient and liveable city.
Western Health – Single Use Metal Instruments Recycling Program (St Albans)
This program recycles single-use metal instruments (SUMIs) which are an obvious waste of high-quality metals. The program has recovered around 500kgs of recycled steel, representing approximately 80% of all SUMIs purchased. This project can be used in any hospital.
Innovative Products or Services
eWater Systems – eWater Systems (South Yarra)
eWater Systems is a world-recognised company that has developed a ‘water-splitting’ technology that is used to clean and sanitise facilities like hospitals, schools, manufacturing businesses and restaurants.
Exemplar Health (NBH) Partnership – New Bendigo Hospital (Bendigo)
Victoria’s largest regional hospital integrates sustainable thinking into all elements of its design, construction and systems to create a healing and therapeutic environment.
Small and Medium Enterprises
Kingfield Galvanizing – Sustainable Hot Dip Galvanizer (Somerton)
A large, sustainable and highly automated galvanizing plant produces significantly low emissions through a fully enclosed facility that re-uses waste, reclaims furnace heat and recycles.
For more information visit www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au