Our business actions are guided by a commitment to sustainable development. The attention paid to employees’ health and safety, reducing our impact on the environment, respect for local communities and social responsibility are the foundations of our long term-growth.
This commitment is demonstrated by the certification of our Altona, Matraville, Beenleigh and Bundaberg manufacturing and distribution facilities to the most current versions of the ISO management system standards for Health & Safety, Quality and Environmental Management: ISO 9001:2015 certification for quality management systems, ISO 14001:2015 certification for environmental management systems and ISO 45001:2018 certification for health & safety management systems.
We also offer a carbon neutral opt-in program on all locally made plasterboard and metal products - an industry first.
Our partnership with our customers spans from the design and specification stages through to the project delivery and end of life. Whether used to construct a house or hospital, plasterboard possesses the characteristics of sustainable building materials and can readily be incorporated into projects requiring Green Star or other program certifications.
Whether you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, employing passive design principles or need eco labelled products that can contribute to Green Star points, Siniat has solutions that can help.
Siniat Opt-In Carbon Neutral Program
When it comes to meeting your sustainability goals, Siniat products are the natural choice!
Etex Australia offers the Siniat Opt-in Carbon Neutral program, which is certified under the Australian Government’s Climate Active Program (formerly NCOS). The Siniat Opt-in Carbon Neutral Program is now available for all locally made Siniat plasterboard and metal framing products, allowing our customers to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of any commercial or residential construction project.
How does the Opt-In Program work?
Carbon neutrality refers to a situation where the net greenhouse gas emissions of an organisation, service or a product are equal to zero.
To achieve Carbon Neutrality for our products, our business has built upon our energy efficiency work undertaken for the last 9 years. In this time we have introduced and invested in a wide range of measures aimed at reducing our overall carbon emissions.
One such example being the employment of heat exchangers in the drying and waste heat recycling in our plastermill. Further examples can be found in the public disclosure documents.
Having achieved our target carbon emission reductions, the greenhouse gas emissions that cannot be further eliminated are offset so that the net carbon emissions resulting from the manufacture of our products is zero. Offsetting is achieved through carbon credits (or carbon offsets) which represent the reduction of one tonne of CO2-e from our atmosphere.
An opt-in carbon offset surcharge is applied to the standard square metre price of the board. Based on the amount of carbon neutral product purchased, the total tonnage of carbon emissions associated with that product are then offset.
The offsetting programEtex Australia has chosen to offset the remaining carbon through the purchase of recognised carbon credits issued under the Gold Standard. These credits have and will support a project which has brought social and environmental benefits to communities in Kenya through the LifeStraw® Carbon for Water project.
Smart construction solutions
Why plasterboard is ideal for sustainable construction
- Gypsum which is from either natural Australian sources as non-toxic and natural rock, or FGD gypsum - post industrial recycled gypsum. FGD gypsum is a by-product derived when removing sulphur dioxide gas emissions from electric power plants.
- Paper which is 100% recycled from magazines, office paper and newsprint.
- Water which is used to create the gypsum slurry. Process water and production waste are recycled within the factory so that no water is discharged.
- Additives which are used to enhance the properties of plasterboard such as fire resistance, moisture resistance and acoustic properties.
Energy efficiency and CO2e
Etex Australia, the manufacturer of Siniat products, works to improve energy efficiency by significant upgrades to plant and equipment, consideration of alternative energy sources as well as by changing work practices and the education of employees. The company has implemented a number of projects to take action in this area, including:
- Recovering waste heat from the plastermill back into the production process, improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions
- Heat recovery systems used to save up to 8% of overall natural gas consumption in the dryer.
Water plays an important role in the manufacture of plasterboard. As water scarcity becomes more apparent, we aim to use water as efficiently as possible. We measure, review and report on water consumption at our manufacturing plants, with the objective of making continual improvements in production efficiencies to conserve water resources. Through our participation in the Sydney Water’s “Every Drop Counts” program, we reduced our annual water consumption by 6%, or 14,500 litres per day.
Stormwater is harvested for use in our manufacturing processes. Whenever there is rain water in the collection system, the demand of town water required in our plants can be halved in Matraville and removed from Altona. We participated in water reporting programs for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the Victorian EPA via the EREP (Energy Resource Efficiency Plan) program.
Management of waste and emissions
Waste management occurs throughout the plasterboard life cycle – during the production processes, on a job site and at the end of life of the plasterboard. Plasterboard is 100% recyclable at all of these stages. Etex Australia is committed to an ongoing process of minimising waste to landfill in the manufacture of Siniat products. We recycle waste gypsum back into the production process. Waste plasterboard may also be re-used as soil conditioner for land rehabilitation and to make gluts for storage and transport of plasterboard.
Etex Australia measures and reports on individual waste streams in the production process, including other emissions such as noise and dust. To ensure our operations are safe for employees and stakeholders and to comply with legislation, regular testing is conducted for occupational exposure such as for dust and noise.
Air monitoring: Matraville Plant, NSW
Air monitoring is no longer an environmental protection licence condition for the Matraville Plant. The EPA has carefully reviewed the dust deposition monitoring being conducted, the position of the monitor and the results; and concluded that the monitoring requirement could be removed from the licence as other licence conditions regulate dust management.
Monitoring ReportsPrevious monitoring reports may be viewed on the Reports page.
External notification and communication
To give feedback or make a complaint regarding the environment for our sites: Matraville environmental hotline 02 9311 6905External Notification And Communication