Call for the best and brightest energy projects

Entries opened today for the 2012 EECA Awards, the biennial celebration of excellence and innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Entries are invited in nine categories: Transport, Large Business, Small Business, Public Sector, Renewable Energy, Innovation, Community, Energy Management, and the Outstanding Contribution award for individuals. From these, a Supreme winner is selected.

"Improving our energy use isn't just a ‘nice to have' - it's essential for our future competitiveness in many sectors. We're fortunate in this country to have many passionate, committed organisations and individuals harnessing energy efficiency and renewable energy. They're creating stronger businesses, healthier homes, a cleaner environment and boosting our economic performance. The EECA Awards seek these out and celebrate them," said EECA Chief Executive Mike Underhill.

"Every year we're inspired by the strength of entries and what they've achieved. As previous awards show, winners cover a range of sectors and projects - I strongly encourage any business, public sector body or community organisation which has focused on improving energy use, to enter."

Mr Underhill said he was particularly pleased to welcome Fujitsu General NZ back as a principal sponsor for 2012.

In 2010, the value of EECA Awards entrants' combined energy savings was close to $30 million - and the dollar value of CO2 savings was more than $5 million. Founded in 1996, next year will be the 12th EECA Awards.

Downer NZ last year picked up the Supreme, Innovation and Large Business awards for its sustainability project that saves more than $3 million each year in energy costs. The Small Business award went to Taranaki pig farmer Steve Lepper for a project that generates electricity from effluent.

Entries close on Monday 20 February 2012. The winner will be announced at an event at the Langham Hotel, Auckland on 23 May 2012.