WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: NSW Department of Primary Industries Staff Achievement Award winner Penny Baalman shows off her trophy.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: NSW Department of Primary Industries Staff Achievement Award winner Penny Baalman shows off her trophy.

Grafton woman leads world in chosen field

By ADRIAN MILLER

PENNY Baalman was pretty surprised with the award she won last week.

However, her effort to establish world-leading green-house gas reduction technology right here in Grafton meant she was a deserving winner of a NSW Department of Primary Industries Staff Achievement Award.

Ms Baalman, whose work in carbon accounting has established a measurable way for electrical retailers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, said she couldn't believe she had won the award.

"It was nice to win and be recognised by the organisation, but I had no expectations of winning such a thing," she said.

Ms Baalman said while the celebrations had been low key after the announcement of the award, it was a different story in February when work by her carbon accounting team allowed Forests NSW to become the first body in the world to trade carbon credits.

"We certainly broke out the champagne when we got there because it's been six years of very long hours and a lot of frustration and to get there and basically be leading the world in it was a great feel- ing," she said.



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