Bradken Limited Annual Report 2015 - page 19

The Group’s United Kingdom sites have been exempted from
UK Climate Change Agreements in early 2014. The Bradken
UK sites will no longer have to submit the Climate Change
Agreement reports.
None of the Group’s Canadian facilities exceed the
50,000t CO2e threshold for reporting under the Canadian
GHGRP program. No mandatory GHG or energy reporting
requirements apply to the Group’s operations in New
Zealand, Malaysia or China.
The Group has established data collection systems and
processes are in place to meet all requirements. There
have been no significant known breaches of the Group’s
obligations or environmental regulations to which it is subject.
Sustainable Use of Resources
The key resources for Bradken’s foundries are scrap metal
and foundry sand. Bradken foundries are designed to recycle
metal and have moulding sand reclamation plants on site that
allow the sand to be reused up to 10 times.
In FY15 Bradken purchased 100,000 tonnes of scrap metal
to be recycled into new products by its foundries. This with
the addition of the necessary specialty alloys produced
100,279 tonnes of new product castings.
Bradken operates a product buy-back program for many of its
products. At some sites an estimated 50% of the scrap metal
recycled during the period was former Bradken product that
had reached the end of its useful life.
Bradken purchased 71,000 tonnes of moulding sand in
FY15. Of the sand that reached the end of its useful life
in a foundry environment, approximately 50% was sent off
site for use in other industries such as composting, bitumen
manufacture and road construction.
In December 2014 Bradken’s foundry in Wodonga, Australia
completed a $700,000 project to update the site’s sand
reclamation system in response to increasing waste disposal
costs and difficulty in developing beneficial off site sand
reuse projects.
The new system provides both financial and environmental
benefits with increased sand reclamation capabilities for the
hard sand system allowing moulds to be produced with up
to 75% used sand, reducing the amount of new sand being
purchased and as well as the amount of spent sand being
sent off site.
Waste Management
All Bradken facilities operate recycling programs with local
contractors for conventional wastes. Foundries produce
relatively large amounts of used foundry sand, typically
85% of site waste. For FY15 over 52% of the total wastes
generated were recycled with some sites recycling over 90%
of their industrial waste.
Foundry emissions are well understood and made public via
the Toxic Release inventory in the US, the National Pollutant
Release Inventory in Canada and the National Pollutant
Inventory in Australia.
For FY15 Bradken spent almost $500,000 monitoring
emissions and has detected no significant exceedances of
emission standards
Environmental Compliance
All Bradken facilities carry out annual environmental
compliance audits as part of the site EMS. Many facilities
also receive routine audits by their local Environmental
Protection Agencies. The number and frequency of these
EPA inspections and audits is increasing. All concerns raised
in these audits have been rectified or actions are planned to
address any remaining concerns, most within 30 days.
There were 14 neighbourhood complaints this year about
nuisance odour, dust and noise. This is a reduction of 21 (or
60%) from the previous year. A range of actions have been
completed or are in place to address the causes of these
in 2013
in 2014
in 2015
Sand Reclamation System at Wodonga, Australia
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