AS MINISTER for Environment and Heritage Protection, I have a keen interest in seeing how Queensland business can reduce waste and maximise the potential value of our precious natural resources.
Not only is this good for the environment, it's also good for the bottom line, as sustainable businesses are increasingly proving they can generate jobs and profits.
Last week, while I was in Gladstone attending Community Cabinet, I was invited to visit the Northern Oil Refinery at Yarwun.
The team out there are using cutting-edge recycling technology to restore waste lube oil to its original condition - which is its highest, best and most environmentally responsible use.
Since opening in March 2014, the Northern Oil Refinery has produced 40 million litres of base oil from waste lube oil - enough to run eight million cars in Australia for a year - and reduced CO2e emissions by more than 115,000 tonnes compared to if the waste oil was burned as fuel.
Congratulations to Tim Rose and the team at the Northern Oil Refinery.
The work they are doing out there is delivering greater productivity, lower carbon emissions and improved oil security while making a valuable contribution to reducing the effects of climate change.
The only facility in the state able to recycle waste lube oil.
Opened in March 2014 by Southern Oil Refining.