The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for the Environment

The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Minister for the Environment

Austral bricks goes carbon neutral

Media release
17 March 2014

The Australian Government continues to build successful partnerships with industry to cut greenhouse gas emissions, with the certification this month of the first carbon-neutral pavers and bricks.

Austral Bricks Longford operation in Tasmania is the first brick-making facility to receive certification under the Government’s voluntary Carbon Neutral Program.

Congratulations to Austral Bricks on becoming a leader in their field.

For businesses, being carbon neutral means looking carefully for ways to reduce energy emissions, which makes good business sense as well as being good for the environment.

It is fantastic to see an ever-expanding range of businesses coming on board to support the programme and setting a new standard within their industries. So far, more than 30 businesses across Australia have become carbon neutral and many more are in the process of certification.

Austral Bricks has calculated the emissions all the way from the extraction of raw materials and production through to the transportation and disposal of their product and found innovative ways of reducing these emissions.

These include switching some of its kiln operations from coal to gas, as well as improving the energy efficiency of their lighting. The remaining emissions have been offset through the purchase and cancellation of carbon offsets eligible under the Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).

Steven Mouzakis, National Energy and Sustainability Manager of Brickworks Building Products, which produces Austral Bricks, said the company is delighted to have achieved a carbon neutral footprint for its range of brick and paver products manufactured at the Longford facility.

“It sends a very clear message to our customers, business partners and the broader construction industry about our ongoing commitment to deliver sustainable products and processes and to conserve our precious natural resources,” said Mr Mouzakis.

The Carbon Neutral Program is a voluntary scheme which certifies products, business operations and events as carbon neutral against the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard.  More information on the Carbon Neutral Program is at:  http://www.climatechange.gov.au/NCOS

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