Energy Leadership Award - sponsored by Vector Energy

The Energy Leadership Award recognises the achievements of a person who is demonstrating leadership and commitment to improving energy efficiency or using renewable energy, to the benefit of their organisation, community or sector.

Winner – Martin Fryer, Sustainability and Environmental Manager, Auckland International Airport

He's driven Auckland International Airport's energy-saving success, beaten targets, and strived to share best practice - showing influence well beyond the day job.

Since 2007, Martin Fryer has worked to make Auckland a global exemplar of airport sustainability. He's driven energy-saving initiatives with a business-focused approach, managing complex projects tackling everything from HVAC systems, to lighting, to staff travel planning. Having blitzed CO2 targets two years ahead of schedule, he went on to set the aspirational goal of cutting energy use by 80% by 2030. Martin's success has won him the support and buy-in of the leadership team and staff, as has his inclusive, positive approach. He's quick to share ideas with others, both through local networks and the Australian / New Zealand Airports Environmental Forum. Never stopping to rest on his laurels, he's continually looking for innovative ways to improve further. On top of his airport role, Martin teaches carbon reduction strategies to future executives on the AUT's MBA programme.

The judges said: "A consistent, positive leader who constantly raises his own bar for success in a pragmatic way. He's taken a leadership team with him and shows leadership in other forums. An inspiring model for other energy managers."

Highly commended – Debbie Summers, Worksite Sustainability Manager, NZ Post

‘Switch off' campaigns and behaviour change have driven down energy use.

Debbie Summers' focus on robust reporting, motivating staff and promoting behaviour change, has helped NZ Post reduce energy intensity over its property portfolio to its lowest-ever level of 110kWh / m2. Picking up responsibility for worksite energy use in 2009, she's convened a formal Energy and Waste Action group and oversees regular ‘switch-off' campaigns, particularly around holidays and weekends. She's helped manage the roll-out of energy efficient lighting at 44 critical sites, and contributed to driving down energy use at regional mail centres through well-managed upgrades and positive behaviour change. The awareness-raising isn't limited to work, with staff also benefitting from improved energy efficiency at home.

The judges said: "She is a driving force, proving changes at organisational level can deliver visible benefits in the balance sheet - and you can do it without a huge capital spend."

Commended – Bob Burnett, Bob Burnett Architecture

A long-standing and influential champion of energy-efficient home design.

Bob Burnett has been a passionate advocate of energy efficient and sustainable building design over his 25 year career. With a particular interest in passive solar home design, he's championed high performing thermal envelopes and low running costs. He helped develop the home rating system Homestar, and is a certified Homestar practitioner and assessor, designing houses that rate as high as 7 or 8 stars, making them some of NZ's most energy efficient homes. He strives to educate others about efficient home design through industry bodies, tertiary institutions, publications, and trade events. He's been particularly active influencing development in the Christchurch rebuild, including building two sustainable demonstration homes.

The judges said: "A very good, influential practitioner working in a tight niche. His work has longevity and integrity. We expect his advocacy to have more impact as the rebuild gathers momentum in Christchurch."