Teys Australia awarded for reducing emissions at Rocky
MEAT processing giant Teys Australia has won the top prize in the 2015 Premier's Sustainability Awards for its work towards reducing carbon emissions at its Rockhampton and Beenleigh facilities.
The Premier's Award was presented to Teys in Brisbane on Thursday in recognition of its outstanding contribution to promoting and advancing sustainability in Queensland.
The company also received the Business Eco-efficiency Award.
"Thanks to its investment in two state-of-the-art wastewater treatment systems, Teys Australia will reduce its annual carbon dioxide emissions by 72,000 tonnes - the equivalent of taking 24,000 cars off Queensland's roads each year," Environment Minister Steven Miles said.
"These wastewater systems will deliver a combined reduction in natural gas and coal that is equal to the natural gas used by about 900 Australian homes each year."
Teys said its Rockhampton facility's use of biogas had seen coal consumption fall by more than 20%.
"Our aim is to use less energy and water in our operations, create a more efficient business and continually strive to do more with less," general manager corporate affairs Tom Maguire said.
"This is an ongoing tremendous commitment by Teys to work alongside government and other industry stakeholders to improve our business and reduce markedly our environmental footprint."
Keppel MP Brittany Lauga and Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne both praised the company, the country's second largest red meat processor.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated Teys on the award and its commitment to a "cleaner, greener future".
This year's awards received 117 nominations.