Page 11 - GlobalEyes Edition 9 - November 2012

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GLOBALEYES / EDITION 9
AND THE
WINNER
IS…
In this, the year of the XXX Olympiad, Bradken’s foundries
have been benchmarked against one another for Eco-
Efficiency performance and the results have been presented
in a novel format – the ‘Bradken Eco-Efficiency Games’.
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The purpose of the report is to:
determine current levels of performance;
promote awareness of the level of eco-efficiency
performance of each foundry;
allow each foundry to identify their strengths and
weaknesses;
identify leading foundries for specific KPI’s and promote an
exchange of ideas and practices to bring other foundries to
the same level; and
have information available demonstrating to interested
parties Bradken’s commitment to improving environmental
performance and satisfying its legal obligations.
In determining the top three performing foundries, each environmental KPI
was ranked appropriately with the best performing foundry receiving a
score of 18 and the lowest score of 1. The scores for each KPI measured
were totalled with the foundry receiving the highest overall score taking out
the gold medal.
Although the Adelaide foundry in South Australia came out on top this year,
there are a number of handicaps and advantages to be considered that
contribute to the variation in the foundry scores.
SIZE
The physical size or production capacity
of the various sites results in an ‘economy
of scale’ with smaller foundries found to
be generally less efficient.
ALLOY MIX
The alloys produced can have an impact on
the amount of electrical energy required.
Certain alloys have lower melting and
pouring points so they require less energy
to product a casting.
PRODUCT MIX
Certain products may require different
heat treatment regimens which will have
an impact on the amount of gas, LPG or
diesel used to power the heat treatment
ovens.
SAND RECLAMATION
The amount of sand reclaimed on site
greatly affects the waste costs for the
foundries. The sand reclamation rate is
affected by the sand binder system used
and the capacity of the sand reclamation
system.
Overall, Bradken’s Australian foundries
are more energy efficient than others,
however several US foundries have
shown significant improvements in energy
use over the last few years and are fast
catching up. Our foundries located
outside Australia generate much less
waste and are more resource efficient.
This exercise will be repeated for the
2012/13 financial year. Congratulations to
our top performing foundries – keep up the
great work.
The best performing foundries for the 2011/12 financial year, and the inaugural
medallists in the Bradken Eco-Efficiency Games, were:
Located throughout Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, North America,
and the United Kingdom, Bradken’s 18 operational steel foundries were
individually assessed against various eco-efficiency Key Performance
Indicator’s (KPI’s) with 2011/12 financial year performances compared
between sites in a report compiled by Environmental Officer Greg Chaplin.
As 2012 is the year of the London Olympics, Greg believed that presenting
the results in this manner would be fun and appropriate, and also an
engaging way to further promote the importance of eco-efficiency and get
each of the foundries interested in the performance of their counterparts.
ADELAIDE, AUS
MONT-JOLI, CAN
HENDERSON, AUS
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