Carbon Footprint

Choose local manufacturing and reduce your carbon footprint

Harrison Manufacturing is committed to improving our environment in any way we can to leave the world in better shape. We strive to operate in an ethical and credible manner, and we take our corporate social responsibilities seriously. We are very conscious that as manufacturers, we too generate greenhouse gas emissions, and have an obligation to reduce this as far as practically possible.  Our ongoing commitment extends to improving the environment by minimising greenhouse emissions, reducing unnecessary waste and reducing our carbon footprint in all areas of our operations wherever possible.

As fellow inhabitants of this world, we encourage all our valued customers, suppliers, and other key stakeholders to work with us. Together, we can embrace this carbon reduction initiative and combine to do our part in helping to preserve our precious environment.

What are Greenhouse gas emissions and why are they harmful?

Greenhouse gas emissions are the emissions released into the atmosphere as a direct result of an activity or series of activities. They are detrimental to the environment causing climate change by trapping heat, and to our health by contributing to respiratory disease from smog and air pollution. As referenced by Peter Hannam who wrote on climate policy for the Sydney Morning Herald, China tops the world as the highest contributor to carbon emissions followed closely by the United States, and Australia ranking at number 14 with our total contribution to global pollution amounting to about 1.2 per cent (Read full article here)

The top 5 highest contributing industries on a global scale are:

  • Electricity Generation and Heat Production
  • Transportation
  • Industry
  • Commercial and Residential
  • Agriculture

What are we doing at Harrison Manufacturing to reduce our carbon footprint?

As a proud Australian Manufacturer, we have established a strong value proposition to improve our environment, both locally and in our region.  In particular, we have reviewed the logistics segment of our business and implemented a program to assist our business partners to achieve a reduction in their carbon footprint, in addition to greater efficiencies. The program is simple but effective. Where appropriate, it involves the replacement of steel drums for holding and transporting grease (used only one or twice) with specialised Intermediate Bulk Vessel (IBV) grease bins that can be re-used many times. Grease that is manufactured at our facility in Sydney is pumped straight from the production kettles into these IBV’s eliminating the need for the more traditional grease drums.

This is also enabling us to improve overall supply chain efficiencies and simplify logistics by moving more grease at lower costs with reduced waste. IBV’s can provide a “greener” alternative for the movement of grease from the manufacturing facility to end use. The multiple re-use of IBV’s provides a sustainable solution that ultimately leaves a much smaller carbon footprint. That’s a win for our customers and a significant win for the environment.

Transportation of Bulk Grease in reusable IBV’s versus disposable steel drums

The option to use our steel IBV’s to transport bulk grease as an alternative to standard 180kg grease drums has gained tremendous interest in recent years.  This program has provided benefits in waste reduction and significant energy savings. IBV’s are the preferred vessels by most bulk users including many mine sites and large industrial businesses across Australia. In addition, these IBV’s are 100% reusable, meaning they are not only more environmentally friendly, but they are far more cost effective with the reduction of drum disposal waste and transport costs.

As an example, a standard 1500 series IBV will hold approximately 1250 kg of grease, replacing the equivalent of approximately 7 drums.  The larger 4000 series IBV will hold approximately 3,600 kg of grease and replaces the equivalent of approximately 20 drums.

For every 1,000 tons of bulk grease made, there will be approximately 5,500 drums required to pack and transport bulk grease.  The introduction of IBV’s bins aids in eliminating this waste and reducing carbon footprint. That is a win for our customers and a significant win for the environment.

For more information on our IBV’s and Grease Bin Management please click here

Advantages of a local manufacturing supply point versus importing finished goods

With an ever-changing world and evolving business climate, the current focus in the domestic market is to work together and increase overall support for local manufacturing. As a local Manufacturer ourselves, one of our top priorities is to ensure that we continue to deliver the highest possible value and be the ‘greener choice’ supplier for our customers. With the Transportation industry widely recognised as ranking number 2 out of the top 5 highest contributing industries to global warming, this is another area where we can make a material difference. Sourcing locally can eliminate often lengthy international transportation legs, and associated logistics / handling complexity. This subsequently provides for a significant reduction in carbon emissions and a further win for the environment.

To help quantify the benefit of purchasing locally, we examined several examples on Full Container Load (FCL) transportation options from various global oil hubs delivered into Sydney. The findings demonstrate the reduced carbon emissions produced when transporting from Bangkok to Sydney in comparison to transporting from other locations in Europe, Middle East and the United States. (The data in the table below is calculated using the DHL shipping calculator and can be found at (

Harrison Manufacturing supports local suppliers

With a supplier database in the hundreds, we make a point of seeking out and supporting local supply chains at every opportunity. With over 85% of our vendors deriving from Australian trading companies, some of these relationships have stood the true test of time having done business with many for over 20 years. Rest assured we definitely play our part in supporting the Australian economy and the environment in all areas of our operation wherever we possibly can.  

We’re all in this together!