Fertilizer Australia is inviting applications for the 2019 Fertilizer Industry Environment Awards - these Awards recognise environmental measures completed during 2016, 2017 or 2018.
The awards aim to publicly acknowledge company and individual efforts to improve environmental outcomes, and achieve a positive industry profile.
Applications for three award categories are now being invited:
- The Fertilizer Industry Platypus Environmental Award is available to all Fertilizer Australia Ordinary members, whose 2018 fertilizer turnover is more than $100 million.
- The Fertilizer Industry Kookaburra Environmental Award is available to all Fertilizer Australia Associate members and AFSA ordinary members whose 2018 fertilizer turnover is less than $100 million.
- The Fertilizer Industry Snapper Environmental Award is available to any individual or small team of people involved in the Australian Fertilizer Industry.
Applications for the Fertilizer Industry Environmental Awards are now being sought, for any eco-efficiency measure completed during 2016, 2017 or 2018.
Companies are encouraged to nominate for the Platypus and Kookaburra awards by describing their project in 1,000 words or less, addressing each of the evaluation criteria listed below. Descriptive material such as photographs, media releases and brochures can also be submitted as attachments to the 1,000 word submission.
Nominations for the individual Snapper award can be made as an attachment to the submission for the company awards, or as a separate entry. In either case, the nomination should explain the specific role and performance of the nominated staff member in achieving improved environmental outcomes, in no more than 1,000 words. The winner of this award will be expected to have contributed ‘above and beyond’ the normal course of their work.
All nominated projects must have been undertaken in Australia, or have direct implications for the environmental performance of the Australian Fertilizer Industry.
Applications for the Fertilizer Industry Environmental Awards are required to be submitted to Fertilizer Australia by Friday 5th July 2019. Please note that the information you provide with your submission may be used as part of industry publicity or included in the Sustainability and Stewardship Report.
In assessing the relative merits of the applications, the following questions will be considered.
• Does the project address an issue of high local, regional or national priority?
• What was the magnitude of the efficiency improvement – in absolute measures (e.g. quantity/percentage or reduced water use, or quantity/percentage of relevant staff trained) and/or per unit of production?
• What productivity or profitability outcomes were achieved by the project?
• Did the project constitute a significant change from previous practices?
• Does the project provide a model for other companies to use?
• To what degree was there community and government stakeholder involvement?
• How significant was the investment in the project in terms of the resources of the company?
• To what degree was the project promoted to stakeholders as a positive improvement in industry activity?
Examples of eco-efficiency activities that would be eligible for consideration for the award include:
• Implementation of process changes for improved efficiencies of resource use (measured as inputs & outputs);
• fertilizer product improvements, towards improved efficiency of use;
• contributions to off-site environment projects; and
• research into improved technologies or use practices.
The criteria and process of judging are such that smaller members would have as good a chance of winning as larger ones. This would be accomplished by rating the performance against the criteria in the context of the size and reach of the company.
The judging panel will include the Fertilizer Australia Chairman, a representative from the Queensland Office of the Great Barrier Reef (or similar government department) and the Fertilizer Australia Program Manager.
The decision of the judges will be final on all matters affecting the Awards and no correspondence will be entered into on the subject of their decision. Submissions from the judge’s companies are permitted, and will be dealt with by substituting a replacement from the Fertilizer Australia Board whose company has not submitted an award.
The prize for each category will be a framed, spectacular photograph of the Australian animal or plant that gives its name to the award. As a perpetual trophy, your name will be forever etched into the trophy, which you can display for about 12 months – after which time you will be required to return it to Fertilizer Australia for subsequent awarding. In its place, you will receive an equally spectacular certificate.
The 2019 awards will be presented at the Australian Fertilizer Industry Conference Gala Dinner, at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, on 5th September 2019.
If you have any queries or comments regarding the Fertilizer Industry Environmental Awards, please contact:
M: 0407 663535