Sustainable Remediation Project Recognition Award
2016 Winner - Ventia for “Macdonaldtown Gasworks Remediation" - click here
2015 Inaugural Winner - Coffey for "Solar Thermal Aerobic Recirculation Remediation System" - click here
The prize, consisting of a Recognition Award aims to encourage discussion, consideration, and uptake of sustainability principles in remediation, and to reinforce ALGA and SuRF ANZ support for high quality remediation planning and practice.
Prize Application Process
The primary criteria for eligibility and judging are:
a) a remediation project largely finalised within the last 2 calendar years including the entry submission year (or policy if evidence of it having influenced projects is provided) in Australia or New Zealand;
b) significant attention to environmental, economic and social components;
c) the entry includes a description of a conceptual relationship to SuRF ANZ or international SR framework(s) or to the draft emerging ISO on Sustainable Remediation; and
d) evidence of significant sustainability outcomes.
Additional criteria for judging:
a) evidence of specific social and environmental improvement as well as economic benefit;
b) evidence of beneficial brownfields development attributes;
c) evidence of engagement of the project with regulatory practice requirements or a local jurisdictional regulator; and
d) evidence of meaningful engagement with the community affected by the project.
Applications are not restricted with respect to length or content but should be reasonably concise.
SuRF will consider award of the primary prize plus commendations for entries considered of sufficient merit and mention.
Questions regarding the prize or submissions of applications may be directed to the SuRF Secretariat.
Background for applications
Sustainable remediation (SR) practice in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) is built upon frameworks and practice descriptions developed internationally and in ANZ (ITRC 2011, SuRF ANZ 2011, SuRF UK 2010). An International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard on SR is currently in development (ISO 2015).
SR practice features in recent published state regulatory guidance:
NSW EPA in July 2015 published revised Guidelines on the Duty to Report Contamination under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 identifying that the Objects of the Act include ensuring ‘that contaminated land is managed with regards to the principles of ecologically sustainable development’.
WA DER (December 2014) published Assessment and Management of Contaminated Sites- Contaminated Sites Guidelines, which reference the SuRF Australia 2011 ‘Framework for Assessing the Sustainability for Soil and Groundwater Remediation’.