EECA announces 2010 awards finalists

New Zealand's most innovative energy-saving and renewable energy projects have been revealed, with the 2010 EECA Awards finalists announced today.

The EECA Awards celebrate organisations and individuals who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in energy efficiency or renewable energy. This year, nearly 100 entries were received across the nine categories. Entrants ranged from small businesses to large corporates to outstanding invididuals, spanning public and private sectors and community-based organisations.

"How we generate and use energy is one of the most critical issues of our time and essential to our economic and environmental wellbeing. The EECA Awards provide vital recognition to those people and organisations who are trailblazers in their approach to energy.

"It's very exciting to see the ingenuity and imagination of entrants across New Zealand who are tackling energy use head on. They're making a difference in the community, to business, to the environment, to the economy and importantly, to our national understanding of energy. This benefits all of us," said Mike Underhill, EECA Chief Executive.

The finalists include:

  • an Otago organisation that has facilitated relationships between biodiesel users and suppliers in Queenstown
  • an online company which matches empty trucks with freight throughout New Zealand to increase efficiency
  • a pig farm using biogas to generate electricity
  • a city council utilising energy efficient technologies and renewable energy sources in its building development.

Winners will be revealed on Thursday 25 November 2010 at an awards ceremony in Auckland. The event is hosted by EECA with support from our three principal sponsors Fujitsu General NZ Limited, Schneider Electric and Eco Insulation.

2010 EECA Awards Finalists

The finalists for each category are:

SME Business

  • Energy Options - new premises retrofit
  • Lepper Trust - covered pond biogas generation project
  • McCallum Group - wood energy project
  • NZSki Ltd - snowmaking efficiency improvements

Large Business

  • Downer NZ - energy efficiency strategy
  • Fonterra Co-operative Group - energy efficiency programme
  • SKYCITY Auckland Ltd - energy and environment strategy
  • Westpac - Our Tomorrow project

Energy Management

  • ASB Bank Ltd - The Save Watt programme
  • Department of Conservation - energy Management Programme
  • SKYCITY Auckland Ltd - energy and environment strategy
  • Westpac - Our Tomorrow project

Renewable Energy

  • Christchurch City Council and Beca - city-wide renewable energy utilisation
  • New Zealand Pork - Waste to Wealth NZPork farm biogas generation
  • Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice - Queenstown Lakes Biodiesel Consortium
  • Simply Energy Ltd - renewable energy direct hedge structure: Clearwater Hydro to Charlies Trading Company

Transport

  • Explore NZ - converting fleet of marine vessels to biofuel
  • Ministry of Transport - Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving (SAFED)
  • Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice - Queenstown Lakes Biodiesel Consortium
  • Ruakuri Contracting Ltd - mitigating Ruakuri Contracting Ltd's GHG emissions and impact on the environment

Innovation

  • Christchurch City Council and Powell Fenwick Consultants Ltd - Tri-Generation Renewable Energy System
  • Downer NZ - Driver Behaviour Change Trial
  • Findatruckload - www.findatruckload.co.nz
  • New Zealand Pork - Waste to Wealth NZPork Farm Biogas Generation

Public Sector

  • Christchurch City Council - Christchurch Civic Sustainable Energy Building
  • Ministry of Justice - Hamilton District Court Energy Cost Reduction
  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand - Continuous Commissioning/HVAC Optimisation of Building Services
  • Watercare Services Ltd - Energy Focus Programme

Community

  • Community Energy Action Charitable Trust - Warm Families: Keep Warm, Stay Healthy Canterbury
  • Energy Efficiency Community Network - Home Energy Advice Centre Pilot
  • Nelson City Council - Solar Saver Scheme
  • Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practice - Queenstown Lakes Biodiesel Consortium

Outstanding contribution

  • Professor George Baird, Professor of Building Science at Victoria University
  • Leonid Itskovich, Energy Manager Christchurch City Council
  • Michael Lawley - founder EcoInnovation Ltd
  • Professor Ralph Sims - Centre for Energy Research, Massey University

The Supreme Award winner will be choosen from these finalists and announced at the awards ceremony. They will have demonstrated a genuine commitment and exceptional results.