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EECA Awards 2012.


EECA Awards 2012 - categories

The EECA Awards 2012 celebrate excellence and innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy within nine categories. A Supreme Award is selected from the winners of these. Where applicable, entries may be submitted in more than one category.

Transport
Large Business
SME Business
Public Sector
Community
Innovation
Energy Management
Renewable Energy
Outstanding Contribution to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Supreme Award

Transport Award

This Award recognises a technology or behaviour change initiative with benefits that can be sustained, rather than a one-off project. Entries in the transport category may include:

  • projects which result in travel behaviour change initiatives or a transport technology
  • projects or initiatives that improve the energy efficiency of the transport area
  • projects which increase the amount of renewable energy used in transport.

Large Business Award

This category is open to businesses with an energy spend greater than $500,000 a year. The Award recognises a business that has completed a successful energy efficiency or renewable energy initiative as part of a comprehensive energy management strategy.

This Award recognises large businesses that have:

  • demonstrated energy efficiency saves money and improves brand image
  • added credibility to energy management in a sector where it is often considered a good idea but not a priority
  • demonstrated that saving energy (or being more energy efficient) may be the easiest way of improving their profitability.

SME Business Award

This category is open to businesses with an energy spend of less than $500,000 a year. The Award recognises a business that has completed a successful energy efficiency or renewable energy initiative as part of a comprehensive energy management strategy.

This Award recognises small to medium-sized businesses that have:

  • demonstrated energy efficiency saves money and improves brand image
  • added credibility to energy management in a sector where it is often considered a good idea but not a priority
  • demonstrated that saving energy (or being more energy efficient) may be the easiest way of improving their profitability.

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 management into their corporate culture and established programmes or initiatives to manage and improve energy efficiency.

Entries in the public sector category may include examples of:

  • establishing a corporate energy policy and gaining commitment to the policy across the organisation
  • ensuring appropriate staff are accountable for energy management
  • implementing budgeting for systems to ensure that when suitable projects including premises, vehicles, plant and equipment are purchased ongoing energy costs are considered in these purchases
  • running an educational campaign to engage the commitment of staff
  • installing monitoring systems to ensure energy consumption is regularly monitored and savings verified and fed back to staff.

Community Award

The community award recognises a project or initiative that raises the profile of energy efficiency and renewable energy use within a community or encourages the community to get better energy performance from their homes or community buildings.

Entries in this category may include projects or initiatives to:

  • promote energy efficient behaviours in the home or wider community
  • support increased implementation of energy efficient features, renewable energy or technologies in the community
  • bring wider energy efficiency benefits to the community (such as economic, employment, environmental, health and social benefits).

Innovation Award

The innovation award is for a new energy efficient or renewable energy product, technology or management process. It may be a one-off or pilot project. It can be the introduction of a new energy efficient or renewable energy product or technology, or an innovative approach to project or service management in the area of energy efficiency and/or renewable energy.

This Award recognises:

  • examples of comprehensive energy savings through products, services and programmes which may be one-off or pilot projects
  • projects that have realisable potential to make a difference, inspire us and demonstrate an ability to take a bright idea to market.

Energy Management Award

This Award is for individuals, project teams or organisations developing and implementing an energy management programme, or programmes.

The applicant must be able to demonstrate a record of achievement in reducing energy consumption and costs. This may include:

  • reductions due to innovative improvements in energy ‘housekeeping'
  • reductions from one-off projects (verified by calculation and/or monitoring)
  • reductions due to incorporating energy efficiency into initial concepts or designs (subsequently verified by monitoring or calculation).

Renewable Energy Award

This Award recognises a project or technology featuring renewable energy. It includes energy projects or products that make use of sources such as biomass, biofuels, solar (thermal, photovoltaic, or passive solar design), wind, wave, tidal, geothermal or hydro.

The aim of this Award is to recognise achievements and highlight and foster improvements in the New Zealand renewable energy industry.

Outstanding Contribution to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Award

This Award recognises the achievements of a person who has demonstrated leadership and influenced the development of sustainable energy practices, to the benefit of New Zealand.

EECA Supreme Award

The Supreme Award winner is chosen from the winners of the categories above. The Supreme Award winner will have demonstrated a genuine commitment and exceptional results.

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