The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is mindful of the environment in which it exists and is committed to sustainable initiatives that will actively enhance that environment.
The Circuit is part of the wider Linfox organisation who have established an environmental policy and appointed more than 330 Green Fox Champions throughout the business to guide change and identify opportunities to reduce emissions.The Green Fox initiative was developed to reduce Linfox’s rate of greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2010 based on their 2007 emissions. This was achieved and now the aim is to reduce its rate of greenhouse gas emission from its global operations by 50% by 2015 based on 2006/2007 emission levels.To assist this goal the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit has undertaken the following initiatives:
- Tree planting – plantations are being established at the Circuit that will sequester over 3,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions over its lifetime.
The initiative will see 12,500 trees planted over five years. Your organisation can assist with this by contributing financially to the exercise. You will be rewarded with naming rights to a dedicated plantation and the knowledge that you have helped to offset your carbon footprint.
- Water Catchments - the Circuit has established onsite water catchments and reticulates all of its non-essential water use for the Circuit.
- Effluent treatment - the Circuit has also just completed its connection to the Westernport Water Board’s waste treatment plant. This $300,000 project began July 2009 and means the Circuit is now self sufficient in terms of its effluent disposal.
An upgrade to the Circuit asphalt surface and secondary areas such as the fuel compound and surrounding the Exhibition building have been completed. Partnering with Downer, state of the art technology was used where the new surface for the secondary areas incorporated 60% Recycled Asphalt Product (RAP). RAP is old asphalt that has been removed from roads that require rehabilitating. The RAP is processed and used to produce new asphalt by Downer in its new asphalt production facility at Bayswater in Victoria.
This facility is one of the most technologically advanced asphalt production facilities in the world and has been specifically designed to produce high recycle content asphalts. The use of the high recycle content asphalt on this project saved 6.2 tonnes of CO2 when compared to virgin material asphalt, prevented 250 tonnes of old asphalt going to landfill, as well as saving 250 tonnes of new virgin aggregates from being consumed.
All this sounds quite impressive, however that’s not all this project recycled. The asphalt also incorporated 612kg of toner from used printer and photocopier cartridges collected from businesses around Victoria by Close The Loop. The toner actually improves the performance of the asphalt. In the past, this waste toner would end up in landfill. In 2013, Close The Loop collected 643kg of toner from Linfox facilities in NSW, VIC, SA, QLD and WA. Therefore 95% of the quantity of toner collected from Linfox in 2013 was recycled into this new asphalt pavement.