EECA Business Awards 2018 finalists announced

Finalists in the EECA Business Awards 2018 have been announced today, revealing New Zealand’s leaders in energy and emissions reductions from the public and private sectors.

The EECA Business Awards celebrate businesses, organisations and individuals who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions reduction.

Those who’ve made the short-list submitted entries that demonstrate smart emissions-reducing technology, waste-to-energy projects and effective energy-saving business strategies.

A total of 43 entries were received in this year’s exclusive five-category Awards, which were judged by the University of Waikato. As well as large businesses, the short-list includes local councils, a university, district health boards and a thermal hot pool, and they’re from all around New Zealand.

Judge, Dr James Neale of the University of Waikato’s Engineering Energy Research Centre, says the judging panel was impressed by the steps being taken to introduce clever and long term emissions reduction plans.

“The entries we reviewed show the thought and leadership that organisations are committing to reducing their environmental impact and improving their profit margins or effectiveness through energy efficiency. The projects are creative and demonstrate Kiwi ingenuity that can be picked up and replicated by other businesses.

“The entries are both inspiring and practical and it is work like this that has the potential to form the backbone of New Zealand’s shift towards a low-emissions economy,” he said.

EECA Strategy and Performance Group Manager, Jenny Lackey, says the EECA Business Awards 2018 are targeted at New Zealand’s largest energy users – where innovation and leadership in energy efficiency and emissions reduction can have the most impact.

“We ran a tight series of categories for participants of this year’s EECA Business Awards, which asked New Zealand’s largest energy users to submit entries that show big reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrate innovative projects that are revolutionising how they’re using energy.

“There is a lot going on in the large energy user space and the companies that have come through as finalists are the organisations to watch out for as New Zealand moves towards a renewable energy-led, low emissions future for the country. We need more leaders like these within industry and the public sector,” she said.


EECA Business Awards 2018 - Finalists

Innovation Award

  • Dominion Salt Limited
  • Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa


Public Sector Award

  • Auckland District Health Board
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Canterbury District Health Board


Energy & Emissions Leadership Award

  • Shane Dufaur, Dominion Salt Limited
  • Kevin Crutchley, Christchurch City Council
  • Roseline Klein, Watercare Services Ltd


Energy & Emissions Reduction Project Award

  • Red Stag Timber
  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Goodman Property Trust


Large Energy User Award

  • Fonterra Limited
  • Red Stag Timber
  • Goodman Property Trust


Winners will be revealed on 26 September at a ceremony in Auckland hosted by EECA.


Notes to Editors


EECA Business Awards:

This year we chose to be more targeted with our awards. EECA has a strong climate change focus and as a result we wanted to celebrate those large energy users in New Zealand who are making big reductions in carbon emissions through saving energy or switching fuel types.

To enter the EECA Business Awards 2018, an organisation needed to meet the following criteria:

  • The organisation is in a current EECA Collaboration Agreement contract; 


  • The organisation’s annual energy spend is greater than $1 million excluding GST AND the organisation emits a total of more than 10,000 tonnes of CO2 annually;


  • The organisation is in the public sector, with an annual energy spend of $200,000 or more.

In addition to the overall Awards eligibility criteria, each category has specific criteria for entry.

Judging for the EECA Business Awards 2018 is provided by the University of Waikato, whose Energy Research Group is recognised as one of New Zealand’s foremost industrial engineering learning organisations.

 Find out more about the EECA Business Awards 2018

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