Steel fabricators committed to the ASI’s Environmental Sustainability Charter (ESC) topped the two categories of the Institute’s Environmental Sustainability Awards program this year. Manuele Engineers in South Australia won in the Best Practice Environmental Management category and Cullen Steel Fabrications in NSW provided Best Environmental Project Outcome. Along with exemplary work practices, both companies have invested considerably in newer, more efficient plant facilities in recent times. The award winners were determined by the judging team comprising BlueScope Sustainability Manager, Ross Davies; ESC Mentor, Amy Luscombe; and ASI National Manager Marketing, David Ryan. They said that Manuele demonstrated outstanding commitment to continual environmental improvement, cultural awareness and leadership. “Manuele Engineers has continued to undertake environmental improvement initiatives, experienced further reductions in emissions, and has set and met ambitious targets for continual environment improvement,” they said. “(Its) environmental performance has seen it influence surrounding sites as the flagship for environmental management such as Adelaide Airport. The business continues to engage staff in creative ways that foster ownership and engagement for change. It has also developed strong recording and reporting systems to ensure ISO 14001 compliance.” The company has progressively reduced its water and fuel usage as well as greenhouse gas emissions significantly in recent times. Rondo Building Services was accorded a High Commendation for the Industry Best Practice Environmental Management category. In selecting Cullen Steel Fabrications as the winner in the Best Environmental Project Outcome stakes, the judges noted the company demonstrated a solid and enduring commitment to environmental management from undertaking significant environmental, energy efficiency and business improvement initiatives. “Cullen has a strong awareness of environmental responsibility (and is) a long standing steel business showing industry environmental leadership across its operations as well as a willingness to share knowledge,” the judges commented. The company has almost halved its energy usage since 2013 and its transition to a fully diesel fleet has reduced fuel consumption by over 30 percent. It recently invested in energy efficient robotic technology that is expected to further cut energy usage. Hutchins Bros and Structural Challenge were Highly Commended in the Best Environmental Project Outcome category. The biennial awards will be presented at the Gala Dinner of the Australian Steel Convention in Sydney on 16 September.