Energy management key to business success in EECA Business Energy Award
The winner of this year’s Sustainable Business Network’s Energy Efficiency Management Award, sponsored by EECA Business, demonstrates how energy management is important for business success, says the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
Decorative surfaces and panel producer, Laminex NZ, won the EECA Business sponsored Energy Award at a black tie ceremony in Auckland last night, while NZ Post received a judges’ commendation.
EECA Business General Manager, Greg Visser, says the award is only open to businesses able to demonstrate a sustained record of achievement in reducing energy consumption and costs.
“The strongest businesses take energy saving seriously,” Mr Visser says, “and EECA congratulates Laminex and NZ Post in their success. Both companies have made a real change to worksite sustainability performance and have taken responsibility to manage and reduce their energy use and their environmental footprint. This has been a key to the success of both companies.”
Mr Visser says EECA Business has worked extensively with Laminex (as part of the Fletcher Building Group), to support the company’s energy use management plan, and also with NZ Post in the past, with new plans to continue into the future.
Laminex has run a range of initiatives at its Taupō site including an upgrade of industrial motors, compressed air, lighting, the briquetting of sanderdust into biofuel, and the reduction of waste to landfill. The award judges said:
“Laminex has made energy management and sustainability a business priority from the top down. Laminex reports energy and CO₂ emission performance to staff, driving staff engagement and yielding great projects.”
As one of New Zealand’s largest employers with a portfolio of over 400 properties, NZ Post’s continuing focus on resource efficiency initiatives has seen a 26% reduction in building energy use since 2009. The award judges said:
“NZ Post has made a public commitment to energy efficiency which is yielding great results. NZ Post’s commitment is backed up with targets for reducing energy use.”
Other finalists for the EECA Business sponsored Energy Award were Optifleet, the Smart Hot Water Company and Energy Solutions Providers.