• Generate broader awareness

    Experience Innovation

    2016-02-03 |

    On the 26th of February ebm-papst A&NZ arranges the second event informing about technical innovation in accordance with sustainability.

    Last year, our subsidiary ebm-papst A&NZ invited businesses to join them and learn more about high-tech engineering with best practice of sustainable production and business as part of their annual GreenDay on 5th of June. During this meeting, the operations and environmental managers of Western-suburbs based small to medium enterprises exchanged their ideas that help grow their business and protect the environment. With this project, ebm-papst A&NZ followed the aim to learn more about combining high-tech engineering with practices of sustainable production and Business.

    As the event was such a success last year, ebm-papst A&NZ is organizing a repetition for the GreenDay 2016 on the 26th of February 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Box Hill Institute’s Integrated Technology Hub in Melbourne. Expert speakers from industry and government will provide latest news on energy efficiency for heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and refrigeration systems, upcoming changes in legislation and energy-reduction solutions.

    For this year’s GreenDay, the main aim is to provide attendees with an update on current technical developments and future plan for developing sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and refrigeration solutions.

    The Integrated Technology Hub (ITH) at the location offers collaborative and innovative learning spaces for the air conditioning, refrigeration, mechanical, plumbing and electrical technology industries.

    ebm-papst A&NZ wants to avoid focusing on the environment on only one day in the year; far rather, they want to generate broader awareness in terms of sustainable innovation and technology with lasting effect.

    Refrigeration and Climate Control Centre of Excellence(RCCC)

    Refrigeration and Climate Control Centre of Excellence(RCCC)

    Box Hill Institute in Melbourne

    Box Hill Institute in Melbourne










    Date: 26 February 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Venue: Integrated Technology Hub at Box Institute, Elgar Campus, 465 Elgar Road Box Hill, VIC 3128

    Registration: Free, via http://greenday2016.eventbrite.com


    • 8:00 a.m.                              4 x 30min presentations: Policy & Regulation
    • 10:00 a.m.                            4 x 30min presentations: Business Cases
    • 12:00 p.m.                            Box Hill Institute RCCC presentation & wrap up
    • 12:20 p.m.                            Light lunch
    • 12:30 p.m.                            Tour Box Hill Institute PODs & Centre of Excellence
    • 1:00 p.m.                              Finish
  • Exchange of ideas

    Hightech in accordance with sustainability

    2015-05-08 |

    As part of their annual GreenDay on 5 June, ebm-papst A&NZ is inviting businesses located in the Western suburbs of Melbourne to join them to learn more about combining high-tech engineering with practices of sustainable production and Business.

    This is an event that might be especially interesting for operations and environmental managers of Western suburbs based small to medium enterprises and there will be room to exchange ideas that help grow their businesses and protect the environment.

    Date: 5 June 2015 (World Environment Day)

    Location: ebm-papst A&NZ, 10 Oxford Road, Laverton North VIC 3026


    • 8:30-9:45am: Welcome and networking
    • 8:45-9:15am: Presentation by Simon Bradwell (MD ebm-papst A&NZ) on „GreenTech manufacturing philosophy“
    • 9:15-9:45am: Presentation by Fran Macdonald (Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action) on „Low Carbon West, a plan for transition to a low carbon economy in the west of Melbourne“
    • 9:45-10:00am: Morning Tea
    • 10:00-11:00am: Presentation by Will Richardson (Impact Investment Group) and Alicia Darvill (BCorp) on „Doing Business for Profit and for Good“
    • 11:00-11:30pm: Presentation by Rodney Pugh and Kel Dummett (Sustainability Victoria) on „Material Efficiency“
    • 11:30-12:15pm: Presentation by Geoff Andrews (Genesis Now) on „Energy Update, and New Opportunities“
    • 12:15-1:00pm: Lunch, networking, open discussion
  • Gardening and recycling

    Well-deserved lunch break

    2014-10-30 |

    Recently ebm-papst Australia and New Zealand caught up to celebrate a belated GreenDay 2014. Here are some photos that show their activities:

    • Gardening in the front garden to get it ready for spring.
    • Archiving a lot of old documents – both physical and electronic files.
    • Everyone brought a plate with a dish that reflects his or her family’s home country for a shared lunch. It was delicious! 
  • Eco-management

    How to measure eco-management

    2014-06-04 | To measure success, there are indices for service, quality management or purchasing. Using them is a matter of course. However, our subsidiary in Australia & New Zealand proves it also pays to objectively measure paper consumption and recycling activities. Caroline Bommes, responsible for environmental management, explains how this works: 

     “In October 2012, we introduced indices for paper consumption and recycling as part of our eco-management. In our monthly meetings, we analyse and scrutinise them together with other important indices from our site. Measuring is quite easy, actually: With paper, we simply look at the number of printed pages and when it comes to recycling, we note the weight of cardboard and paper. The indices allow us to spot trends and check whether we actually manage to reduce our paper and cardboard consumption. One measure taken which proved to be extremely profitable is to have duplex printing as a standard setting.”

  • Cycling event

    Ride Around the Bay

    2014-01-13 | ebm-papst  Australia and New Zealand once again took part in an iconic annual bike ride to raise funds for Engineers Without Borders Australia. The company actively encourages staff to take part in carbon-friendly modes of transport, and supports the engagement of staff in community activites.

    Another year, another ride! A team of 19 ebm-papst staff, friends and family has again participated in the Around the Bay cycle on 20 October. The team raised funds for Engineers Without Borders Australia. ebm-papst A&NZ thanks all riders for being a part of the team and helping them support a great charity. Engineers Without Borders Australia have been supporting developing communities both in Australia and around the Asia Pacific region by posting young Australian engineers on projects to help provide sustainable technical resources. The team managed to raise $1,280 and the company will now add to this to achieve its goal of again supporting EWB Australia with $10,000.

  • Everyone can save

    2013-07-01 | GreenDay in Sydney started off with basic cleaning and an attempt to reduce paper-based wastes from the office and the block premises. A thorough cleaning was performed near the main mail box area to start with. All the junk mails from all the boxes have been collected and disposed in our recycling area. Inside office, paper-based communications were avoided whenever and wherever possible.

    An initiative was taken to reduce the Carbon Footprint by not being reliant on electric heating and lighting for the day, as well as by keeping office equipment and power plugs that are not in use switched off. We ensured heating and lighting demand by natural sunlight in our office floors by keeping all the blinds open throughout the day.

    By means of our sole dependency on natural heating in that 9hr-day, a saving of CO2 emission of 139kg CO2 equivalent* was secured, based on an electrical load of 130kWh. Natural lighting by sunlight allowed us to attain electricity saving of 3.2kWh (by keeping 8 tube lamps switched off; 44W each), which is equivalent to approx. 3.4kg CO2* emission.

    An example was set of how everyone can contribute to saving Greenhouse gas emissions in an ordinary work day, making sure Every Day is a Green Day.

    *For every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy used in NSW/ACT, 1.068 kg C02-e is produced.
    Source: Department of the Environment and Heritage

  • Video statements

    „GreenDay gets everybody thinking“

    2013-06-19 | As GreenDay 2013 was coming up, we asked our colleagues what they think of the campaign and what this day means to them. Watch their answers right here.

    Kirst said:

    Rog said:

    Missy said:

    Simon said:

    Chris said:

  • Vegetarian lunch

    A healthy lunch

    2013-06-11 | We wanted to inform staff that when thinking about carbon footprint or “food-print,” the production of different types of foods results in very different levels of emissions. It has been shown that a diet that incorporates meat is more carbon-intensive than a vegetarian diet.

    We therefore provided a vegetarian lunch, consisting of veggie sausages, mushroom burgers and grilled corn cobs. In our lunch preparations we tried to minimize packaging and the use of processed foods, and bought the veggies at the local market.

    We decided not to provide soft drinks in plastic bottles, since it is estimated that the cost of bottling a litre of water lies between three to seven litres. The product’s packaging is the largest contributor to its carbon footprint – accounting for between 30-70% of the total emissions. Plus more than three-quarters of these bottles end up in landfills. Production of bottled water alone puts the equivalent of 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere—and that doesn’t include the emissions caused by transporting the bottles around the country.

    Instead, we provided pitchers with filtered tap water infused with fresh lemons, limes and mint to keep all staff hydrated and happy.
    Impact: 10x500g CO2-e per 2l Coke bottle = 5 kg CO2-e* + not measurable impact of vegetarian vs. meat-based lunch

    Sources: timeforchange.org, Coke CSR

  • Car Pooling

    Share a ride

    2013-06-05 | Staff from the Melbourne office will car share to reduce impact of travel on the day. Because of its location in an industrial area with limited public transport access, all staff usually travel to and from work in their own cars. Car-pooling is common practice for some staff, but most prefer to arrive and leave in their own time and vehicle.
    For Green Day, we have organized car pools for everyone. This will reduce our travelled distance by over 100km! Our Managing Director Simon Bradwell will pick up 6 staff to fill up his 7-seater. We will be able to reduce the number of office staff cars on the day from 17 to 10.
    Impact: Emissions will be reduced by 22kg CO2-e for GreenDay.*

    *Source: Energy, Workbook for Transport (Mobile Sources), Workbook 3.1, National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Committee

  • Review 2012

    Looking forward to progress in 2013

    2012-10-21 |

    Missy Kana

    Missy Kana

    “‘Every Day is a GreenDay’ affects all of our bodies, minds and souls. As a kick-off for our events, many of our employees took part in a public bike race. In doing so, we collected donations for the organisation ‘Engineers Without Borders’.

    What impressed me most, though, were the events in the office: We got tips and devices to save energy – for at home, too – picked up trash in parks, planted trees and enjoyed regional specialities. I am now looking forward to progress in 2013!”

    Missy Kana
    Assistant to the Managing Directors
    ebm-papst A&NZ Pty Ltd.

    Other Events of the Subsidiary:

    • Around the Bay fundraising cycle
    • Street tidying, new front garden
    • Lunch session with Ecovantage: make your home more energy-efficient
    • Local food Friday with Aussie Farmers Direct (tbc)
    • EWB (Engineers Without Borders) presentation / Info on High School Outreach participation & fundraising
    • Printing & other energy-efficiency improvements: paper, battery recycling, workstations, etc.

Australia & New Zealand


ebm-papst A&NZ Pty Ltd
Caroline Bommes
10 Oxford Road
Laverton North VIC 3026

GreenDay Projects

  • Ride to work Day where all employees bike to work (if possible)
  • Switch to LED
  • Switch to print on both sides
  • Vegetarian lunch

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