The project was the first of its kind to use our innovative TonerPave™ product, a new low-carbon asphalt made from waste printer toner and recycled glass, and has been hailed one of New Zealand’s largest sustainability projects.
At the annual NZ Airports Association Conference awards night in October, Downer and QAC were honoured with the Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award.
“We sought a partner who would deliver a sustainable, innovative, operationally resilient solution and meet the airport’s stringent health, safety and security standards,” QAC’s General Manager of Operations and Safety, Mike Clay, says. “Once again, Downer proved to be a strong partner and the win is testimony to the foresight, innovation and hard-working team who delivered this complex project.
“Downer’s innovation and collaboration with other Kiwi organisations in pioneering a new generation lower carbon asphalt has proven to be a winner.”
Downer and QAC also made a concerted effort to engage the airport community and visitors, by creating opportunities for participation and feedback through an in-terminal experience where visitors could turn their ‘trash to treasure’. The interactive stand gave people the opportunity to donate beer bottles and toner cartridges and learn more about the project and benefits of TonerPave™. There was also a bottle crushing machine so people could put bottles in and watch them convert to sand.
This project demonstrates Downer’s contribution to achieve the following Sustainable Development Goals:
The newest additions to our Asset Services fleet are accelerating the drive towards a lower-emission and more sustainable future for Downer.
Downer is one of the largest and most experienced providers of design, build and maintenance services to Australia’s renewable energy market.
Beachgoers who frequent Rye on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula will benefit from the installation of more than 500 sensors to monitor 650 parking spaces, 20 bins and four barbecue facilities, and notify council workers when they need to be attended to.
Ian Fredericksen is standing beside his mountain bike on the foreshores of Lake Ontario in Toronto. He should be enjoying the scenery… but it’s hard to take in the view when you’re doubled over trying to catch your breath.