On 1 April 2011 Kennedy's Timbers was awarded the 2010 ENERGEX Innovation in Sustainability Award. This award is the pinnacle of the ENERGEX Supplier Quality Awards and demonstrates the importance of sustainability for ENERGEX.
The award was presented to Michael Kennedy by the ENERGEX CEO Mr Terry Effeney.
During the presentation the ENERGEX Group Manager Procurement, Ms Sharyn Scriven, remarked that Kennedy's won the award because of their perseverance, commitment to environmental practices and the development of innovative solutions in helping ENERGEX reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Those at the breakfast awards ceremony were told how Kennedy's initially approached the government about recycling timber power poles and then developed a method to remove the contaminated edges and dispose of these to regulated waste.
Kennedy's now recycle old ENERGEX poles and cross arms to sell as recycled timber, a process that has now been extended to shorter length poles, further reducing the amount of waste that would otherwise go to landfill and reducing ENERGEX's carbon dioxide emissions.
This innovative and specialised timber recycling further enhances the strong environmental credentials of increased timber use as opposed to other more carbon intensive materials such as concrete, fibre composites, steel, aluminium and plastics.
Interestingly, the awards presented at the ceremony were crafted from an old ENERGEX power pole!