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Above: Victoria Carpets Managing Director, Phil Smith and the Minister for Environment and Climate Change (Victoria), The Hon. Ryan Smith, MP
Victoria Carpets has been awarded the Large Business Award and Regional Recognition Award in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards (Victoria) 2013 for a series of creative and innovative sustainability projects at its Bendigo woollen mill.
Victoria Carpets’ major initiatives include the upgrade of lighting and heating at its Bendigo woollen mill. LED technology was implemented, reducing energy use by 550,000 kWh. Old heaters were replaced with new technology, resulting in a reduction of gas usage by 75 percent.
In a further project, secondary energy steam coils were replaced with direct primary energy gas burners in combination with a state-of-the-art moisture control system in the wool dryer. This has achieved a reduction of 9,000 Gigajoule in gas usage.
The Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action.
Victoria Carpets is now working on various projects to improve the operational process at its carpet tufting site, as well as a water recycling project at the Bendigo mill.
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