EECA Business Awards 2018

National award for Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa! Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa has won the Innovation category of the EECA Business Awards! The complex has recently begun trialling New Zealand’s first 65kW Capstone micro turbine generator which converts methane from its thermal water bores into electricity.

The EECA Business Awards were held on September 26th at the Villa Maria Estate in Auckland.

The theme this year was innovation and leadership.

The awards are about celebrating successful businesses and people who reduce carbon emissions and save energy. They are about recognizing a successful reduction of our impact on climate change. Electric Vehicles play an important part of this story, as Transport accounts for 20% of NZ's carbon emissions. Once again EV adopters were included amongst the winners.

“There are no losers here,” said Andrew Caseley, Chief Executive of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). “Least of all our environment and economy."

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

Click here to see a full list of award winners and the judges' notes 

A quick roundup of 2018 award winners were:

 

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award is for a new, ground-breaking energy efficiency, emissions reduction or renewable energy product, technology or process. It may be a one-off or pilot. It may be a newly created product; an innovative approach to project or service delivery; or the deployment of an established technology in a new way. This Award recognises projects that have achieved proven energy and emission benefits, and that have potential to inspire, make a difference, and demonstrate an ability to take a bright idea to market.

Winner

  • Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa

Highly commended

  • Dominion Salt and Vector Limited

 

Public Sector Award

This category is open to central and local government and crown-funded organisations. The Award recognises public sector organisations that have successfully incorporated energy and emissions management into their corporate culture and established programmes or initiatives to manage and improve energy efficiency and emissions production.

Winner

  • Victoria University of Wellington

Highly commended

  • Canterbury District Health Board 

 

Energy and Emissions Reduction Project Award

This Award is for individuals, project teams or organisations that have developed and implemented a successful, comprehensive energy management and/or emissions reduction project. Entrants must be able to demonstrate achievement in reducing energy consumption and/or emissions and costs, with a targeted, well-planned and executed strategy. This may include energy reductions due to ‘housekeeping' improvements, one-off projects or incorporating energy efficiency and emissions reduction into initial concepts or designs.

Winner

  • Goodman Property Trust

Highly commended

  • Red Stag Timber

 

Energy and Emissions Leadership Award

This Award recognises the achievements of a person who is demonstrating leadership in energy efficiency, emissions reduction and/or renewable energy in their organisation, industry or field of expertise, to the benefit of their organisation, community or sector.

Winner

  • Roseline Klein, Watercare Services Ltd

Highly Commended

  • Shane Dufaur, Dominion Salt Limited

 

Large Energy User of the Year Award

This category is open to businesses with a large annual energy spend and high annual emissions. The Award recognises an organisation that has completed a successful energy efficiency, emissions reduction or renewable energy initiative as part of a comprehensive energy and/or emissions management strategy. The award will recognise efforts over a longer-term.

Winner

  • Red Stag Timber

Highly Commended

  • Goodman Property Trust

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