The Product Stewardship Excellence Awards return for 2022 to recognise excellence and action in product stewardship and raise the profile of stewardship in business, government and NGOs.
This year’s award categories have been refreshed to better reflect the diversity of product stewardship within collective schemes and individual businesses.
Product stewardship aims to reduce waste generation through better design and manufacture of products, including the use of materials that are easier to recover, reuse and recycle.
Product Stewardship Centre of Excellence Director and chairman of the judging panel Dr Damien Giurco said the new award categories include an emissions reduction category to showcase the role stewardship can play in striving towards a low carbon economy.
“Through the 2022 awards we will showcase product stewardship initiatives that are making an impact and inspiring others to integrate product stewardship into their businesses.
“How a product is designed determines 80 per cent of its lifecycle so good design matters. To increase circularity, product stewardship thinking from the design stage, materials selection, through manufacturing, transport, retail, re-use, repair and recycling needs to be a priority.”
There are six award categories that schemes, businesses and NGOs can enter, while one category, Product Stewardship Champion of the Year, will be directly conferred by the Centre of Excellence.
The 2022 award categories are:
- Best Stewardship Outcomes – Collective Scheme
- Best Stewardship Outcomes – Individual Business or Brand (Large 200+ employees)
- Best Stewardship Outcomes – Individual Business or Brand (SME < 199 employees)
- Excellence in Digitalisation for Product Stewardship
- Excellence in Emissions Reduction through Product Stewardship
- Excellence in Design for Product Stewardship
Dr Giurco is Chair of an awards jury, whose other members include:
- Tom Metzner, President, Product Stewardship Institute (USA)
- Cameron Hutchison, Waste Policy and Planning, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
- Brandon Gien, CEO, Good Design Awards
- Meredith Newell, Environment Project Officer, Local Government Association Northern Territory
- Matt Genever, Interim CEO, Sustainability Victoria
- Suzanne Toumbourou, CEO, Australian Council of Recycling
- Helen Lewis, Adjunct Professor, Institute for Sustainable Futures and Product Stewardship Advisor
- Rob Coombs, Managing Director, Interface Australia
- Alex Young, Director, NSW Environment Protection Authority
- Jason Robertson, Director, Australian Retailers Association
- Tennant Read, Head of Climate, Energy and Environment, Australian Industry Group
Award entries close on 31 August 2022.