Australian Panel Products is committed to an eco-friendly and balanced environment. Minimising waste and maximizing efficiency plays a part in the company’s sustainability measures, ensuring opportunities are created for higher resource recovery.
Particleboard and MDF is manufactured from managed and renewable plantation pine, and on request can be purchased as Australian Forestry Standard Chain of Custody certified (CoC). Holding Chain of Custody certification with internationally recognised organisations promotes responsible stewardship of the world’s forests.
Australian Panel Products has various recycling efforts in place, reducing carbon emissions and diverting waste from landfill. Significantly, Australian Panel Products have been investing in solar power since 2018. Over the last 2 years the company has installed 32,541 solar panels across its network of facilities, thereby becoming more energy efficient and avoiding 10,500,000kg of Co2 emissions per year. This is further supported by an internal fleet department, maintaining and upgrading company vehicles to reduce overall emissions.
The collection of dust, bark and waste produces fuel to power manufacturing plants, whilst MDF board offcuts are repurposed into pallets and bearers to generate packaging from waste materials. A 4-Megawatt Gas Turbine Generator was installed in 2020 at Australian Panel Product’s Oberon facility, supporting 20% of the site’s power consumption. Combined with the existing solar panels, 40% of the site will be powered by sustainable energy.
A closed-loop manufacturing initiative creates an industrial ecosystem, in which the reuse of wastes or by-products is essential. Utilising the by-product of any process is an important part of sustainability—one such instance is the collection of waste water from the chip process, which is used to create steam for energy.
Australian Panel Products aims to optimize the life cycle of manufactured products, eliminating unnecessary landfill while increasing the company’s social and environmental benefits. By adopting practices that influence product design and operational principles, the environmental impact will lessen over the entire lifespan of the product; this assists in the process of repurpose and re-manufacturing.
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