Paving the way for new sustainability innovations

Last December, Downer partnered with our customers Queenstown Airport (QAC) to resurface 30,000sqm of aircraft parking area. It was a great opportunity to pave the way for new sustainability initiatives in airport resurfacing.

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: