INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS IN VIC
CCAA is delighted to announce the category winners for the 2021 Innovation Awards, VIC.
Congratulations to all the winners, who were selected by our Judges for their outstanding innovations from an impressive showcase of VIC entries that you can view here
“These Awards underline the industry’s genuine commitment to continuously raising the bar for the betterment of its workforce and the community at large,”
“Despite the additional responsibilities that businesses are facing in managing COVID health and safety, it’s great to see the entries showcasing a continuing focus on the day-to-day challenges around workplace health and safety and environmental management." CCAA CEO Ken Slattery.
ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION AWARD | WINNER: BORAL AUSTRALIA - WEST MELBOURNE CONCRETE - CO2 DOSING SYSTEM TO TREAT HIGH pH WATER
||Boral Concrete has developed a semi-closed loop carbon dioxide (CO2) dosing system to manage the treatment of high pH alkaline water which is generated as a by-product of producing concrete. This system captures all water run-off from the site and prevents any potential contamination or harm to the environment. The water is retained in large holding tanks and transferred to the dosing system as required. The water is then treated by infusing the high pH alkaline water with CO2. Once the pH has reduced to an acceptable level the system then records the details and disposes of the treated water via a standard trade waste agreement.
Water management is a key environmental issue at concrete plants and this innovation transferred the concept of treating water with CO2 from other sectors into the concrete sector. Internally developed and designed, this innovation delivers strong environmental benefits and is highly transferable.
ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION AWARD | HIGHLY COMMENDED: HANSON AUSTRALIA - WOLLERT QUARRY - A WATERWAYS DIVERSION PROJECT DELIVERS A NET BIODIVERSITY GAIN
||A watercourse diversion project at the Wollert Quarry which overcame considerable storm-water and habitat creation challenges. The project resulted in the creation of new habitat of higher diversity and quality than the pre-existing conditions. From agricultural land with a man-made drain to biodiverse waterways and frog ponds, now home to Growling Grass Frogs - A Net Biodiversity Gain. A holistic approach was taken in the project design phase with consideration of threatened species, habitat connectivity, current and future stormwater flows, and operational maintenance costs.
This well delivered project took the opportunity to provide habitat so threatened species could flourish as well as deliver strong business benefits.