Energy efficiency awards finalists announced

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A vineyard producing premium quality wine, the largest geothermal development in 20 years and a felted carpet maker whose products are bought by Hollywood’s A list are all finalists competing for top honours in the 2009 Awards for excellence and innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Everyday, innovative Kiwis across the country are implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that help their organisations to reduce costs, improve productivity and improve their brand credentials through lower greenhouse gas emissions — something that is even more important in the current economic climate.

Twenty-seven finalists have been chosen from 100 entries to go through to the finals of the 2009 awards, hosted by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
The finalists cover nine categories, and are all in the running for the prestigious Supreme Award for outstanding performance.

“The finalists come from all sectors of the economy — big business, small to medium business and government organisations,” EECA chief executive Mike Underhill says.
“They demonstrate that every day, organisations, no matter what size or industry, can benefit from better energy management.
“Energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives are smart ways to combat the recession and climate change. All of New Zealand can learn from the 2009 finalists.

“The great results from the finalists should encourage more Kiwi organisations to future proof with smart energy management initiatives.
“The finalists have all factored energy efficiency or renewable energy into their everyday operations.”

The winners will be announced at the Awards 2009 presentation in Auckland on Thursday 21 May, to be hosted by EECA in conjunction with principal sponsors Eco Insulation, Fujitsu General New Zealand and Shell New Zealand.