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Thursday, 15 December 2016 11:43

SunRice sustainability

Leading Australian branded food company SunRice has been named a Bronze Partner in the NSW Government’s flagship Sustainability Advantage program, in recognition of its commitment to sustainable business and a raft of environmental initiatives being implemented across its Riverina operations.

Key projects include: value-adding waste products, such as converting around 42,000 tonnes of rice hulls into animal bedding; reducing the cost of waste disposal at the Leeton Mill by 70% per annum; recycling almost 150 tonnes of waste at the Leeton and CopRice manufacturing sites; a rice growing program implementing improvements across water use, habitat, air quality and soil health; investigating solar power opportunities; and strategies for procurement processes.
Sustainability Advantage (SA) is offered through the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), which encourages and enables sustainable best practice in the NSW business community. The program has worked with over 500 organisations across NSW.
OEH’s Sustainability Advantage Recognition Scheme rewards businesses for their commitment to sustainability and the real improvements they make through participation in the program. 
The OEH presented SunRice with its Bronze Partner certificate yesterday at a ceremony at the business’s Leeton headquarters.
Commenting on SunRice’s Bronze recognition, Tom Howard, SunRice’s General Manager AGS, Growers Services and Agronomic Development, said:
“This achievement recognises the important sustainability work SunRice is doing to remain competitive for the future through implementing smarter processes, using fewer resources, reducing waste, and engaging community and employees.  Not only is sustainability the right thing to do, it is increasingly a point of focus for consumers and customers nationally and internationally.
“Sustainability has always been a priority for SunRice; a key example being our ongoing research and development to grow high yielding rice that uses less water. Today, Australian-grown rice requires 50% less water than the global average, positioning the industry as a world leader in productivity, efficiency and sustainability.
“We’re excited about the opportunities the OEH Sustainability Advantage program presents in enabling us to broaden our sustainability footprint across the business.”
SunRice is now striving for Silver Partner recognition, which is awarded for significant environmental achievements.

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