Meat processor and exporter ANZCO Foods is a finalist in two categories of this year’s prestigious Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) Awards.
The company is a contender in two out of the total 10 awards, which celebrate businesses, organisations and individuals who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in energy efficiency or renewable energy. The two categories are: the EMANZ Energy Management Awards is for individuals, project teams or organisations that have developed and implemented a successful, comprehensive energy management programme, while the the Auckland Large Energy User Award recognises a business that has completed a successful energy efficiency or renewable energy initiative as part of a wider energy management strategy.
This year more than 100 entries were received from which the judges selected finalists for 10 categories. As well as large and small companies and businesses, the list of finalists includes local councils, community and charitable trusts, high schools, sports clubs and university students. They come from all over New Zealand, with one even from Antarctica.
Collectively, the EECA organisers say, the 2016 awards will save or generate 1.1 petajoules (PJ) of energy, equivalent to the annual energy use of all households in New Plymouth, avoid 12,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, about one-fifth of the annual emissions of all households in New Zealand.
Head judge, Ralph Sims, says the judging panel was impressed by the variety and quality of the entries in this year’s awards. According to EECA chief executive Mike Underhill, this year’s finalists are all trailblazers in their efforts to find innovative solutions that tackle energy use head on.
Winners will be revealed on 18 May at a ceremony in Auckland. The event is hosted by EECA with support from principal sponsors Fujitsu General NZ, Vector and NZME. The Supreme Award will be presented at the event by the Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon Simon Bridges.