Public Sector

Shining a light on those in the public sector who are leading by example, demonstrating that we all have a part to play in lowering emissions in New Zealand.

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.


  • Victoria University of Wellington
    The University is more than a decade in to its comprehensive energy management programme and despite a 15 percent increase in floor space and an additional 500 equivalent full-time students in that time, energy use continues to drop, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2,800 tonnes per year. A combination of improved building management systems, renewable energy generation and student buy-in has achieved the result.

Highly commended

  • Canterbury District Health Board
    When it was time to replace the fifty-year-old coal boilers at Burwood Hospital, Canterbury DHB recognised their chance to lessen their environmental impact at the same time by installing wood-fuelled boilers instead. This is one of four coal-to-wood hospital projects happening in the region, making this DHB a leader in emissions reduction within the health sector.


  • Auckland District Health Board
    Auckland DHB has set out to mitigate against the harmful effects of climate change on people’s health. In 2015 they began setting targets for emission reductions and have smashed them year on year. They’re looking set to achieve their overall 20 per cent reduction target for 2025 through a comprehensive Energy Management Plan that includes lighting, HVAC, travel and technology.
  • Christchurch City Council
    The Council has a resource efficiency and greenhouse gas emission programme that delivers multiple projects concerning energy efficiency, emissions reduction, waste reduction and water efficiency. As a result, the battery electric fleet is increasing, a battery electric car-sharing scheme has been launched and artesian ground-source heating is being installed at community-used properties. The Council has set a target to be net carbon neutral  for its activities by 2030.