Sustainability

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Virgin Australia Supports World Environment Day Awards

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UNAA World Environment Day Awards 2013Each year, in support of the UNEP World Environment Day (5 June), the United Nations Association of Australia holds its World Environment Day Awards, which recognise innovative and outstanding environmental programs and initiatives from across Australia.

We are pleased to announce that for the fourth year running, Virgin Australia is supporting Australia’s leading environmental awards.

As per last year, Virgin Australia is sponsoring the Community Award, which recognises the invaluable role communities play in a wide range of conservation projects. The winner of last year’s award was The Bookend Trust, a not-for-profit education initiative based in Tasmania.

The Virgin Australia Community Award invites nominations from Australian community groups who are actively protecting species, habitats and the environment in their local area. The Award is open to land, waterways and coastal/marine environment based projects.

This year, three new awards have also been introduced, including the two Prime Minister’s Awards for Environmentalist of the Year and Young Environmentalist of the Year, supported by the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Another new award, sponsored by Swinburne University of Technology, is for Excellence in Sustainable Product Design.

Nominations are now open nationally until Monday 22 April for the two Prime Minister’s Awards and Wednesday 1 May for all other categories.

To nominate for an award and for more information visit UNAA Victoria.

Winners of the 2013 World Environment Day Awards will be announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner to be held on Friday 7 June at the Park Hyatt Melbourne.

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Biodiesel Trial Hits the Ground Running

We are excited to share with you the details of another key step we are taking in our sustainability strategy, aimed at reducing the environmental impact of our ground operations.

Over the next seven weeks, we are trialling the use of an environmentally-friendly biodiesel blend (B20) in one of our baggage tugs and one of our push back vehicles at Brisbane Domestic Airport.

We are proud to say the trial marks the first time an Australian airline has ever used biodiesel to power its ground service equipment.

The biodiesel used in the trial is produced locally in Narangba, Queensland by an Australian company called Ecotech Biodiesel and is made from used cooking oil and tallow. The fact that these are waste products is important to us because it means the biodiesel doesn’t compromise food production, land or water. What’s more, it has a range of environmental benefits including reduced greenhouse gas and soot emissions.

Our ultimate goal is roll out biodiesel to our ground service equipment across our other mainline ports, which could lead to a reduction in over 300 tonnes of CO2 per year.

We will keep you updated on the progress on the trial, but in the meantime, if you’re travelling through Brisbane, keep an eye out for a biodiesel-powered vehicle!