Sussex is an Australian tap manufacturer grounded in purpose, legacy and shared values. With a commitment to sustainability, local craftsmanship and excellence in design, Sussex offers beautiful tapware in an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art finishes.
Every piece of tapware is produced in Melbourne at the hands of seasoned craftspeople. The process begins at Sussex’s very own brass foundry, where a circular manufacturing system produces the brass blocks that form the base for every Sussex product.
Renowned for their quality and unwavering dedication to promoting Australian manufacturing and design, Sussex is favoured by Australia’s leading interior designers, architects and built environment developers. In 2021, Sussex became the first Australian tap manufacturer to become certified carbon neutral.
Built on a family legacy that began in the 1960s, Sussex continues to innovate, influence and inspire through a simple yet exacting mission: to make it right.
“Environmental responsibility is intrinsic to our values as a manufacturer and a business.”
Type of certification
Organisation and Product
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Since July 2021.
Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?
Environmental responsibility is intrinsic to our values as a manufacturer and a business. We are built on a family legacy of sustainability, and we have been taking active steps towards reducing our waste and carbon footprint for almost ten years. This will be our biggest step forward in addressing our mission of creating beautifully functional products that are sustainably and ethically manufactured. The structure of certification gives us a formal framework for our own operations, and sets a new benchmark for Australian tap manufacturers.
What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
Sussex has strengthened its environmental credentials, which has always been a core principle of our business operations. Through this, we hope to cement our leadership and our legacy as an Australian manufacturer, while attracting the best talent to our team.
The journey to carbon neutral certification has also led to the installation of 273 kW of solar panels, which will reduce current carbon emissions by 16% or 332 tonnes per year, which is equivalent to taking 100 cars off the road.
What offset projects do you support?
A wind farm project in India.
How can the community support you?
By supporting Climate Active certified brands, and by supporting the Australian manufacturing industry more broadly. We encourage our community to consider where and how a product was made, and reflect on how to consume more mindfully and according to your values.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
Sussex is built on the foundation of circularity, with our own foundry providing an invaluable waste management system that recycles brass swarf into the brass blocks that form the basis for each product.
We have been working to reduce emissions actively for close to a decade. In 2013, we conducted our first waste, energy and manufacturing audit to set ourselves on a path towards more responsible operations.
Between 2016 and 2020, Sussex has installed LED lighting upgrades at all four of our facilities, leading to greenhouse gas emissions reductions of at least 30% at each site.
In 2019, we reduced our overall greenhouse gas emissions by 36% and electricity use by 13%, compared to 2018, helped by the implementation of a 100 kW solar panel that reduced our annual greenhouse emissions by 132 tonnes—equivalent to taking 40 cars off the road. We also installed an energy efficient office heating and cooling system.
In 2020, we installed an additional 173kW of solar. Combined with the existing 100kW of solar panels installed in 2018, this amounts to a reduction in emissions of 16%, or 332 tonnes a year, which is equivalent to taking 100 cars off the road.
What has been the impact of your action?
Sussex has reduced emissions year on year while increasing production. Through this action, we hope to highlight that sustainable operations, particularly in the manufacturing industry, can work hand-in-hand with business growth. We see the two as inextricably linked.