Rivalea Australia has been chosen as a finalist in the Business Leadership category for the 2017 Green Globe Awards.
The Business Leadership award recognises outstanding NSW businesses and corporations that have integrated environmental management and sustainable practices into their organisation. This includes consolidating environmental sustainability into their strategy, planning and operations or service delivery, and showing that this strengthens their commercial viability.
Environmental Minister Gabrielle Upton announced the finalists for the 18th Green Globe Awards, recognising sustainability and environmental leadership across New South Wales.
Rivalea Australia is up against 3 other finalists including De Bortoli Wines, Splendour In the Grass and Stone & Wood Brewing Company.
Rivalea Australia, one of Australia’s leading integrated agri-food companies, was nominated for their recent installation of a large 500kW biogas combined heat and power unit on their Corowa farm.
The 2G Avus500plus supplied by Evo Energy unit offers combined heat and power technology that guarantees advanced energy efficiency of up to 90% as well as generating around 25% of the sites power per year. This means enormous cost savings as well as a massive reduction in carbon emissions.
The unit helps reduce the company’s environmental footprint by masses, using the methane produced by the pig’s compost to power it. To power the unit, fuel is created through a process of a natural breakdown in the pig’s manure in a covered and oxygen-free lagoon.
The custom-built 500kW Biogas Combined Heat and Power Unit will generate approximately a quarter of the sites power requirements annually and offset over 28,000 tonnes per year of CO2-equivalent emissions whilst also providing heat for the piggery sheds.
By harnessing the power of methane gas, Rivalea has achieved significant cost savings, reduced environmental impact and a much more environmentally friendly footprint.
By ensuring that the organization is sustainable long term, Rivalea will minimize its environmental footprint and impact to conserve soils, judicious chemical usage and improve water and energy efficiencies.
The 2017 Green Globe Award winners will be announced at an invitation only gala event at the Art Gallery of NSW on 19th October 2017.