This award recognises outstanding businesses that have integrated sustainable practices in all parts of their organisation from planning and operations to service and product delivery. This has added commercial value to their business as well as achieving environmental outcomes.
Open to NSW small, medium and large businesses.
Sydney Markets: Sydney Markets Sustainability Leaders
'Receiving an Award reinforces our strategic vision to continue innovating and leading in waste recycling and sustainability. We are committed to minimising our own ecological footprint by pursuing environmental best practice and the prevention of pollution in all operations.'
Brad Latham, CEO, Sydney Markets
Australia's largest markets is at the frontline of recycling, reducing food waste and overall sustainability – with environmental benefits and savings of more than one million dollars a year. With a variety of stakeholders, it's a challenge to be both environmentally sustainable and competitive. Sydney Markets meets this challenge through innovation, renewable energy, waste management and genuine stakeholder engagement. They have achieved upwards of 70% recycling of all waste onsite, and are running on 11% renewable energy, which is the equivalent to powering 1300 houses through 8594 solar panels installed at Homebush West.
Sydney Markets demonstrates leadership by sharing sustainability know-how with the community, local councils and other market operators within Australia.
AccorHotels: Planet 21 in Action
AccorHotels embeds sustainability in its operations. Their Planet 21 in Action, defines 18 commitments for 2016–20 including zero food waste, sustainable experiences for guests, working with local communities for a positive impact and moving towards carbon neutral buildings. In the past two years, 94% of its NSW hotels have achieved a Gold or Silver P21 rating. Projects include rooftop solar on Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, banning overfished seafood and using cage free eggs as the minimum standard.
Splendour in the Grass
Splendour in the Grass empowers attendees to make their annual festival experience sustainable through positive action to preserve the environment. Initiatives include composting, recycling, water conservation, carbon offsetting, flora and fauna protection, and renewable energy sources. Achievements include a 24.6% reduction in landfill, contribution of over $31,500 toward community renewable energy projects, support of 20 environmentally responsible businesses, removal of the equivalent of over 9000 plastic bottles and reduction of transport emissions through carbon offsetting, local procurement and carpooling incentives.
Tonic Lane: The Mug Movement
Tonic Lane was the first cafe in Sydney to ban single-use disposable coffee cups in 2017. They engaged their local community with ‘The Mug Movement’, encouraging hot drink lovers to bring their own reusable cups, or use free mugs provided to reduce waste going to landfill – around 15,000 plastic-lined cups have been saved so far. They also encourage reuse of jars and cold drink bottles, recycling about 300 a fortnight and provide reusable alternatives to plastic straws and nonrecyclable foil bags.