25 September 2013 — Key players in the property industry have been recognised for their contributions to sustainability at the NSW Government’s Green Globe Awards held last night [24 September] at Parliament House.
GPT won the Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence and the Business Sustainability Award for integrating environmental management and sustainable practices into their strategy, planning, operations, products and service delivery.
The award citation said GPT was consistently ranked as one of the best performing property and real estate companies in international sustainability benchmarks, pointing to its listing as global leader for Real Estate on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the third year in 2012.
“Already leaders in environmental excellence, the GPT Group continue to improve their performance through their subsidiary, Innogen Australia, dedicated to investigating new ways to improve energy use across their portfolio,” said Environment Minister Robyn Parker.
DEXUS took out the Built Environment Sustainability Award for their NABERS program.
The award acknowledged excellence and innovation in environmental management and sustainable practices in designing, constructing, retrofitting and managing buildings and tenancies.
The three-year DEXUS NABERS Program involved the creation of a specialist team to undertake upgrades across DEXUS’s entire office portfolio, which led to a lift in the NABERS Energy rating average from 3.2 stars to 4.7 stars, exceeding the 4.5 star target.
The NABERS Water rating target of 3.5 stars was also achieved at the end of 2012.
Energy efficiency improvements resulted in a 30 per cent reduction in energy consumption and $5.3 million a year in energy savings across the DEXUS office portfolio.
“We are pleased to receive this award for an achievement that reflects a win-win result and makes good commercial sense by not only minimising the environmental impact of our properties,” said DEXUS chief executive Darren Steinberg.
Hunter TAFE took the Energy Efficiency award for its solar cooling and energy innovation project, which includes the world’s largest solar desiccant cooling system at its Hamilton campus, an extensive LED lighting upgrade, and implementation of a real-time energy monitoring and reporting system.
The Institute’s electricity usage has been cut by around 736,000kWh (6 per cent), leading to a saving of around $110,000 over the last 15 months.
Institute director Phil Cox said: “Hunter TAFE’s commitment to sustainability extends well beyond minimising the environmental impacts of our campuses. Our sustainability journey involves exploring every opportunity to reduce the Institute’s carbon and water footprint.”
City of Sydney took out the Local Government Sustainability Award for its Smart Green Business program, which works with 367 non-office based businesses to implement water, waste and energy strategies that offer collective savings of around $1.8 million a year.
Other winners were:
- Climate Change Leadership Award – Climate Friendly
- Community Sustainability Award – Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre
- Environmental Innovation Award – REGYP
- Heritage Sustainability Award – Mawland Quarantine Station: Q Station
- Public Sector Sustainability Award – University of Western Sydney, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and the Department of Education and Communties: Youth Eco Summit
- Small Business Sustainability Award – Oak Flats Bowling and Recreation Club
- Waste and Recycling Award – Bankstown City Council: “Wheelie Good” compost and mulch giveaways
- Water Efficiency Award – Riverina Water County Council: Urban Nature Strip Lawn Replacement Rebate Scheme
- Regional Sustainability Award – Renewable Recyclers: Above Ground Mining: Wa$te to Wage$
- 10 Year Sustainability Achievement Award – Sydney Olympic Park Authority
“It’s exciting to see this year’s winners sharing their knowledge and ideas with others, helping businesses, communities and Government become more sustainable,” said Ms Parker.
“Congratulations to all winners for their leadership by example, and for demonstrating how sustainability brings social and economic benefits to NSW.”