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Rokon: Grounded in sustainability

Rokon has implemented a range of sustainability initiatives to minimise its impact on the environment.

Rokon is making a positive difference in the civil construction industry. Roads & Infrastructure speaks with the company’s directors to learn more about the company’s initiatives and approach towards environmentally friendly and sustainable practices.

In recent years, sustainable practices have become increasingly important for businesses, as they acknowledge their impact on the environment and the community. 

Rokon, a civil construction company based in Victoria with over 24 years of experience and over 250 direct employees, is committed to minimising its carbon footprint and promoting sustainability in its operations. Rokon’s Managing Director, Jim Thomas, and Executive Director, Steve Traicevski, discuss the company’s dedication to sustainability and its efforts towards a more sustainable future.

Thomas emphasises that sustainability is a fundamental core value that Rokon takes seriously. The company achieves this by maximising resource usage and minimising waste through the use of specialised equipment and best practice. 

Rokon has implemented a range of sustainability initiatives to minimise its impact on the environment. For example, Rokon uses specialised equipment, such as rock crushers and screeners, to crush and screen rock on its sites. 

The recycled materials are then used for a range of applications. These include drainage and sewerage trench backfill, under footpaths and subgrade improvement on sites where the source rock has been extracted, minimising the use of road trucks, and lessening the use of diesel fuel which minimises the company’s carbon footprint. 

Rokon’s focus on collaboration with like-minded partners and suppliers who share its sustainability goals is essential to achieving a carbon-neutral future.
Rokon’s focus on collaboration with like-minded partners and suppliers who share its sustainability goals is essential to achieving a carbon-neutral future.

Additionally, Rokon uses eco-friendly lubricants and conducts regular maintenance checks on its plant, vehicles and equipment to ensure optimal performance and efficiency.

Rokon collaborates with developers who share its sustainability goals. This way, the company can achieve its sustainability objectives, help developers achieve their sustainability targets, and promote a more sustainable future. 

Traicevski believes businesses can overcome the challenges of adopting sustainable practices by maximising existing relationships throughout the sector. He adds that Rokon is constantly exploring new ways to be more sustainable. 

“We’re investing in research and development to find new and innovative solutions,” he says. “We seek to be at the forefront of environmental sustainability in our industry and community.”


 

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Rokon has also implemented additional initiatives to further its commitment to sustainability. For example, the company engages with asphalt suppliers to use recycled asphalt where possible. This ensures that asphalt is not put into landfill and reduces the need for bitumen content in recycled asphalt. 

The aggregate is also utilised so the energy previously used in crushing the stone is not wasted. In addition, Rokon partners with quarries and recycling firms to provide paddock rock excavated in subdivisional road works, which is then crushed and used for road pavements and trenches. The company is also testing the use of biofuels with site generators to power all sites.

Rokon’s commitment to the future

Rokon’s commitment to sustainable practices is an example of how businesses can prioritise sustainability in their operations and contribute to a more sustainable future. 

The company’s dedication to sustainability is a testament to its commitment in delivering on its promises, while promoting environmentally responsible practices. Rokon’s focus on the future is also reflected in its commitment to growth and development. Rokon promotes continuous learning and improvement to enhance the capabilities of its workforce and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Rokon is committed to sustainable procurement and project delivery.
Rokon is committed to sustainable procurement and project delivery.

Rokon’s commitment to sustainability demonstrates the positive impact of sustainable practices on the environment and the economy. 

As businesses continue to acknowledge their impact on the environment and communities, it is crucial that they adopt sustainable practices to create a more sustainable future. Rokon’s dedication to sustainability not only benefits the environment but also enhances the quality and longevity of its projects, ensuring that its clients receive high-quality services that are environmentally responsible. 

Furthermore, Rokon’s focus on collaboration with like-minded partners and suppliers who share its sustainability goals is essential to achieving a carbon-neutral future. The challenges of adopting sustainable practices can be overcome by working together, exploring innovative solutions, and continuously improving and learning from experiences.  

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