Sustainability Victoria has announced Downer as a finalist in the Large Business category of this year’s Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
Downer was nominated for its asphalt pavement product Reconophalt, which incorporates non-traditional repurposed materials to reduce environmental impact, without compromising product performance.
According to Sustainability Victoria interim CEO Carl Muller, Downer and its recycling partners recognise that traditional oil-derived bitumen represents more than 50 per cent of the products’ CO2-e impact.
“Downer has worked closely to develop a solution where more sustainable, waste-derived materials are used in place of the bitumen,” Mr. Muller said.
“The asphalt mix also remains perpetually recyclable.”
The Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrates individuals and organisations working to reduce the impact of climate change.
“Delivering these awards means we continue to discover and celebrate the talent and enthusiasm Victorians have for thinking creatively about new models of sustainability,” Mr. Muller said.
“The awards, now in their 17th year, acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement. Each finalist is commended for improving sustainable outcomes across business, government, education, health and within the community.”
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 10 October at Forum Melbourne.
Premier Daniel Andrews will personally select the winners of the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award and the Premier’s Recognition Award, which will be presented at the ceremony.