About the awards

At EECA Business™ we know how hard New Zealand's largest energy users are working to reduce carbon emissions and save energy. The journey we're on to find ways of reducing our impact on climate change has never been more important and this year we celebrate the people and projects that are leading the way.

Key dates

Entries open 1 June 2018
Entries close 30 July 2018
Shortlisting starts 30 July 2018
Judging starts 13 August 2018
Finalists informed 7 September 2018
Finalists announced 10 September 2018
Awards night 26 September 2018


This year we chose to be more targeted with our awards. EECA has a much stronger climate change focus and as a result we wanted to celebrate those large energy users in New Zealand who are making big reductions in carbon emissions through saving energy or switching fuel types.

To enter the EECA Business Awards 2018, an organisation must meet the following criteria: 

  • The organisation is in a current EECA Collaboration Agreement contract; 


  • The organisation’s annual energy spend is greater than $1 million excluding GST AND the organisation emits a total of more than 10,000 tonnes of CO2 annually;


  • The organisation is in the public sector, with an annual energy spend of $200,000 or more.

In addition to the Awards eligibility criteria, each Award specifies criteria for entry to that category.

The five categories seek to uncover the best examples of emissions improvements by large energy users: 

 Energy and Emissions Leadership Award
 Energy and Emissions Reduction Project Award
 Innovation Award
 Public Sector Award
 Large Energy User of the Year Award


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






The EECA Business Awards will take place in the Barrel Hall at Villa Maria Estate in Auckland on Wednesday 26 September 2018. 

The event will start at 6pm and winners and commended entrants will be announced over dinner. 

Dress code will be smart business.

Villa Maria is 30 minutes south of Auckland CBD and close to the city's airport. It is recommended that guests travelling from outside Auckland look to arrange accommodation at one of the hotels adjacent to the airport.

There is also free and sufficient parking at Villa Maria.

Further information about the venue - Villa Maria website