NSW innovative businesses acknowledged for leading the way with sustainable change

Three well-known NSW-based companies: De Bortolli Wines, Canon and Ferrero are being recognised for their efforts in improving the sustainability of their businesses in a NSW Government program that’s generating $110 million in savings every year.

Solar panels De Bortoli Wines Bilbul, Riverina, Regional NSW. Solar energy, Photovoltaic (PV). Renewable energy source. Environmentally sustainable practice

The companies have been recognised at this year’s Sustainability Advantage Recognition event held in Sydney on Tuesday, 13 June.

The ceremony showcases businesses and organisations who have adopted sustainable business practices, and are helping build a resilient NSW economy.

Organisations participating in the flagship Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) program have improved their environmental performance while generating millions in annual savings.

OEH Director of Sustainability Programs Cristien Hickey said the initiative – now in its 12th year – has helped over 600 businesses and organisations reduce costs, create new products, and help the environment.

“The program goes from strength-to-strength, helping businesses build resilience through improved productivity and more efficient use of resources.

“This year we have 26 new organisations recognised as Bronze, Silver and Gold Partners with 38 per cent based in regional NSW.

“All partners are to be congratulated for changing their business processes, embracing new technologies, shifting attitudes and adapting behaviours to benefit the environment – both in their organisations and communities,” Ms Hickey said.

Lindsay Gullifer from sustainability leader De Bortoli Wines is proud that his company has been acknowledged for achieving the Program’s first platinum project – for the design and development of new equipment and processes which recover chemicals from wastewater.

“Sustainability Advantage has assisted us by funding our proof-of-concept and by connecting us with experts to support development.

“The new design is also set to help the broader food and beverage industry better manage their wastewater with many flow on effects for the environment,” Mr Gullifer said.

Ferrero Australia has achieved Gold Partner recognition for the second time, evidence of the company’s ongoing innovation and long-term commitment to quality and sustainable best practice.

Four new Gold Partners have been acknowledged for their outstanding achievements. Canon Australia, TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney RTO, Taronga Conservation Society Australia and aged care provider Warrigal. All have all made innovative changes to improve resource efficiencies, and productivity and address sustainability challenges that benefit the environment.

For more information on the scheme see: Sustainability Advantage Recognition Scheme.

For a full list of this year’s recognised partners, or for mages of the event email: media@environment.nsw.gov.au or by calling 02 9995 5347