This year our ESC members continue to be very serious about managing environmental risk, reducing waste and reducing their environmental footprint and GHG emissions.

The ASI continues to see a ramp up of demand across the country from Government and other major project decision makers, particularly with regards to infrastructure, for all suppliers to have recognised environmental credentials.  We strongly encourage ASI members to consider becoming an ESC member, which will be incorporating some significant and positive changes in partnership with the GBCAs New Green Star programme in 2022, which we believe will be attractive to project proponent decision makers who are serious about sustainability and carbon reduction.

During 2021 ASI appointed For Future Generations as our external auditors for ESC.  We are very pleased to have the Future Generations team Nick Capobianco and Melissa McConnell on board, and the feedback from our ESC members has been extremely positive.  Both Nick and Melissa bring very significant experience and are highly credentialed in the sustainability auditing space.  Our members continue to find new project initiatives which deliver sustainability enhancements, improve their business brand, deliver efficiencies and reduce costs and environmental risk.   

Examples of 2021 waste reduction and projects which commit to reducing environmental impacts:

  • Members continue to invest in new equipment to reduce waste and improve efficiency, and measure energy savings from such investments
  • Our members are increasingly installing new solar systems to switch to renewable energy, optimising existing systems, and some now seriously considering battery installation
  • Many environmental improvement projects continue to focus on preventative maintenance, such as leakage prevention for welding gases and air compressors
  • Reviewing and outsourcing nesting software to reduce steel waste
  • There are quite a few projects looking at fuel consumption minimisation and maintenance of trucks and utility vehicles initiatives
  • Re-purposing of milling machines to reduce carbon footprint
  • Spill management processes
  • Work on air extraction units is becoming increasingly popular
  • Lifecycle projects: such as electric cars risk analysis; business case replaced the entire fleets
  • Robotic Welding Machine installations to provide not only benefits from an environmental perspective, but also improve safety practices and quality process controls
  • Improvement of infrastructure, recycling and waste mitigation strategies.

For ESC questions or membership enquiries please contact our National ESC Manager, Michael Dawson on 0456 628 813, or email: michaeld@steel.org.au