Search is on for New Zealand’s most exciting energy projects

From production lines, to truck fleets, to tourism operators - EECA is on the look-out for projects of all types across the country, that are changing how we use energy for the better.

Entries open today for the 2014 EECA Awards, the biennial celebration of excellence in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

EECA Chief Executive Mike Underhill said if any organisation - public or private sector - had a successful energy efficiency or renewable energy project, EECA was keen to hear about it.

"New Zealand has many ingenious, innovative people who are boosting business success, improving the environment, and helping communities thrive through energy efficiency or renewables.

"Whether it's a large corporate, small farming operation, community group or smart transport operator - our Awards seek out and celebrate those who are changing the way we use energy, creating a healthier and more productive New Zealand.
"I strongly encourage any organisation that has focused on improving energy use, to enter. It's a fantastic way to celebrate the hard work and achievement of staff and get these projects the positive profile they deserve."

The ten categories cover all sectors: Transport, Large Business, Small to Medium Business, Public Sector, Renewable Energy, Innovation, Community, Energy Management, and the Energy Leadership award for individuals. There's also a Christchurch Energy Champion Award this year, to recognise an organisation or individual promoting positive energy use in the Canterbury rebuild. A Supreme winner is chosen from the category winners.

In 2012, the value of EECA Awards entrants' combined energy savings over the life of their projects was more than $600 million and the combined reduction in CO2 emissions was 1.7 million tonnes.

The last Supreme Award winner, Air New Zealand, saved more than $500 million in transport fuel and cut carbon emissions by 142,000 tonnes per year. Other category winners included Wanganui PAK'nSAVE, ASB Bank, Dominion Salt, Golden Bay Cement and New Zealand Post.

Entries close on Monday 10 February 2014. The winner will be announced at an event at the Auckland Museum on 28 May 2014.