Gyprock is committed to sustainable building through the development of low environmental impact products and systems, environmentally responsible manufacturing and a focus on measurable targets for waste reduction, water and energy savings.
Environmentally responsible products
Gyprock plasterboard products are manufactured from gypsum, paper and a small amount of additives. Gypsum is a naturally occurring, non-toxic sedimentary rock. The paper liner board used for plasterboard and cornice is made from 100% recycled newspapers and cartons. The energy used in the manufacture of Gyprock is amongst the lowest of any building product1. Emissions are limited to water vapour and products of natural gas consumption.
In 2008, Gyprock was the first Australian plasterboard manufacturer to have a plasterboard product certified under the Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) label. In 2011, in another first for Gyprock, the EC08™ product was recertified to the GECA 2011 Panel Boards Standard alongside the new certification of its Superchek plasterboard.
Gyprock has continued to push for higher environmental performance in its product range with out compromising the high performance standards that our customers expect from us. In 2012 Gyprock EC08 Complete was launched as the highest specification, GECA accredited board in the Gyprock range. We are also proud that in 2014, GECA accreditation was granted to the majority of the Gyprock plasterboards in the Residential and Commercial Select and Specialty Options ranges - totalling 16 boards with GECA accreditation.
The GECA label indicates the environmental performance of a product from a whole of product life perspective for consumer goods and is awarded to products that meet voluntary environmental performance standards which have been created and assessed in conformance to international environmental labelling standards.
Waste Management and Recycling
Gyprock recycles more than 95% of its manufacturing waste either back into the production process or through conversion to by-products such as soil conditioners for the agricultural industry.
Across New South Wales, Gyprock has launched an innovative project to reduce waste going into landfill. A number of suppliers deliver to CSR’s sites in non standard pallets which are not reusable and therefore are disposed as waste in local landfills. Gyprock developed a partnership with its pallet supplier to recycle the waste pallets into woodchip material which is used as a soil reconditioner by landscaping companies. This new system of recycling has significantly reduced Gyprock's waste disposal at landfill.
Also, for over 10 years, Gyprock™ has supported a plasterboard recycling service in the major residential building markets along the eastern seaboard.
At our Wetherill Park operation in Sydney’s west, we have partnered with the Macquarie Graduate School of Environment to identify, assess and recommend opportunities for improved recovery, reuse and recycling of key waste streams. This project has become an on-going relationship with the university on environmental projects.
Gyprock recognises the requirement to use water efficiently. Our storm water and groundwater management, together with the treatment and disposal of water used at our manufacturing facilities, is central to our on-site environmental plans.
Reduced Energy Use
Gyprock seeks to minimise the impact of greenhouse gas emissions by improving energy efficiency across its network of manufacturing facilities.
Initiatives such as the replacement of metal halide factory lights with energy efficient induction lighting have reduced the carbon emissions and energy intensity of our lighting systems by between 20% and 36% per year at our Coopers Plains and Wetherill Park facilities.
We continue to look for innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
Engaging with our community and fostering strong relations is of high priority for CSR and Gyprock. Some examples of our community involvement include:
- Major sponsor of the CreekWATCH program in the Oxley catchment. As part of this program we planted 300 trees and removed harmful weeds at our Coopers Plains site, which runs adjacent to Stable Swamp creek.
- Donating Gyprock products and installation services to Habitat for Humanity to build houses for those in need. In previous years, our products helped build over 10 homes.
Building Industry Commitment
Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) member
CSR is a member of the GBCA, an association that fosters environmental sustainability amongst commercial building and construction industry companies. The GBCA’s mission is to develop a sustainable property industry for Australia and drive the adoption of green building practices through market-based solutions.
HIA GreenSmart is a voluntary, hands-on approach to residential building that focuses on educating builders, designers, product manufacturers and consumers about the benefits of an environmentally responsible approach to business.
CSR has been accredited as a GreenSmart Leader. A GreenSmart Leader demonstrates leadership and commitment towards environmental initiatives in its Australian and international operations and has commitment to the HIA GreenSmart Code of Practice. Our involvement with this confirms CSR’s willingness to improve the environmental performance of Australia’s housing industry.
As a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, CSR is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and by extension the amount of waste, including packaging waste, that may be disposed to landfill through;
- Designing packaging that is more resource efficient and more recyclable
- Increasing the recovery and recycling of used packaging from households and away-from-home sources
- Taking action to reduce the incidence and impacts of litter
On becoming a signatory in January 2013, a two year APC Action Plan was developed. CSR is committed to fulfilling the performance goals outlined in the plan, including ensuring that 50% of existing packaging is reviewed in line with the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines by June 2014, and that existing procurement policies align with the 'buy recycled' requirements.
1Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) (2007), Potential Earnings Impacts from Climate Change: Construction Material, pp 8
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