Innovation Award

Organisations who are doing new and exciting things to help the environment.

This award recognises outstanding new technology, design or research.

2017 Green Globe Awards winner

Gate Gourmet Australia: Gate Gourmet Green Dry Ice Project

Gate gourmet team with airline food trolleys in the backgroundIn the airline business, packed dry ice (frozen CO2) has been the traditional refrigerant of choice in the catering carts loaded at airport gates for each flight.

Gate Gourmet Australia is a global provider of meals for airlines and airport lounges. In Australia, the company prepares more than 15,000 meals a day at its main catering facility in Mascot.

In an innovative move to increase the duration and quality of cooling and reduce greenhouse emissions from freezing, transport and evaporation of dry ice, Gate Gourmet Australia partnered with a local R&D company to trial a new synthetic cooling product called EcoSlice as a replacement.

The trials, thought to be the first of their kind in the global on-board catering market, have been highly successful.

The product is cost-effective, greenhouse-friendly and safer to use in the confined space of a catering cooler. Gate Gourmet Australia is hoping to roll out the product nationally later in 2017.

Finalists

Members of Enova Community Energy celebrating

Enova Community Energy: Enova Community Energy

Established in 2016, Enova Community Energy made Australian history as the country’s first community-owned renewable energy retailer. The business model brings exciting possibilities to Australia’s energy sector, aspiring to be a commercially and socially vibrant company that can be replicated by other communities across Australia.

Person walking amongst a floating solar farm

Lismore City Council: Lismore Community Solar – Floating Solar Farm

Lismore’s floating solar farm is the largest floating system in Australia as well as being the first community-funded council-owned solar farm, showcasing cutting-edge technology and far-reaching benefits for Australia.

OzHarvest store with donated breads and pastries

OzHarvest: OzHarvest Market

OzHarvest has opened the world’s first free supermarket in Sydney’s Kensington, for people who might not be reached through OzHarvest’s existing service. The supermarket is stocked solely with quality surplus food and goods that have been donated or would otherwise go to waste.

Engine room of the PS Emmylou

Murray River Paddlesteamers: Reclaimed Steam Engine Oil Centrifuge System

More than a century and half after the first paddlesteamers navigated the Murray River, comes the first sustainable re-use of engine oil on one of the steamers, using a heated centrifuge unit capable of re-conditioning high grade drain oil to avoid waste.

Freight train stretching for the full width of the image with sky in the background and dry sparse landscape in the foreground

Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering, University of Wollongong: Track Foundation Technology – A University of Wollongong-Ecoflex Partnership

Track Foundation Technology uses recycled truck and car tyres to advance the rail industry as a sustainable and affordable freight solution, capable of operating higher speeds and heavier loaded trains, reducing stockpiled and dumped scrap truck tyres by around 80% in NSW.