Two companies honoured for commitment to energy efficiency

Two companies have been recognised for their commitment to energy efficiency in the annual Wares Awards held last night (Thursday 12 November) in Auckland.

Fujitsu General New Zealand has been honoured with the EECA ENERGY STAR Supplier Partner of the Year Award and 100% Errol Rogers in Kerikeri was named ENERGY STAR Retailer Partner of the Year.

EECA’s Efficient Products Manager Eddie Thompson says Fujitsu General New Zealand has made energy efficiency a fundamental aspect of its product development, sales and marketing strategy.

“This includes applying the ENERGY STAR on qualifying products and marketing ENERGY STAR.”

Mr Thompson says 100% Errol Rogers in Kerikeri was judged the best retail store for championing ENERGY STAR.

“100% Errol Rogers shows huge commitment to using the ENERGY STAR on appliances and in retail promotions. The store also scored highly for its in-store knowledge about the energy efficiency of products.”

Mr Thompson says ENERGY STAR is an internationally recognised standard of energy efficiency that is only found on the most energy efficient appliances. The market share of ENERGY STAR approved appliances (whiteware, TVs, heat pumps) increased 18 percent in the year to the end of March 2014 (59% compared to 41% in the previous year), Mr Thompson says.

“As an internationally recognised mark, more manufacturers are opting to participate in the programme by producing products that meet ENERGY STAR standards.”

From 2002 – 2014, there were 47 million energy efficient products sold in New Zealand, Mr Thompson says.

“This has saved the country $450 million to date in running costs ($284 million in the home and $166 million in business).”

Thirty nine companies entered the energy efficiency categories in the Wares Awards.

Media enquiries:

Penny St John, Senior Communication Adviser, EECA

Phone: 027 687 3123

Email: penny.stjohn@eeca.govt.nz

Michael Somerville, Fujitsu General New Zealand

Phone: 021 588 710

Email: michael.somerville@fujitsugeneral.co.nz

Tony Hood, Store owner, 100% Errol Rogers, Kerikeri

Phone: 027 444 5771