EECA Busi­ness En­ergy Man­age­ment Award

Element - - Sustainable Businesses -

Win­ner: Laminex New Zealand – Taupo site

Laminex New Zealand aims to lead the mar­ket in en­vi­ron­men­tally prefer­able prod­ucts and sus­tain­able man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tices. It runs a range of in­ter­nal ini­tia­tives at its site in Taupo to help reach this goal. Through its ded­i­ca­tion to re­duc­ing its im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment, Laminex has been awarded var­i­ous cer­ti­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the En­vi­ron­men­tal Choice NZ and For­est Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil Chain of Cus­tody.

In a re­cent case study, Laminex found that the cost of its re­cy­cling ef­forts came in at $0.009/kg, com­pared to tra­di­tional modes of waste man­age­ment, which cost an es­ti­mated $0.4/kg. When pro­duc­ing thou­sands of tonnes of waste a year that really makes a dif­fer­ence. In the 12 months from July 2014, Laminex re­cy­cled 88 per cent of the 2.5 mil­lion ki­los of waste it pro­duced.

Laminex New Zealand sup­ports the be­lief that a com­pany should be re­spon­si­ble for its ac­tions, not just fi­nan­cially but so­cially, eth­i­cally and en­vi­ron­men­tally. Through con­stant mea­sure­ment and eval­u­a­tion, Laminex is con­tin­u­ously try­ing to im­prove its oper­a­tions and achieve its goal.

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