The Energy Efficiency Council has recognised national leaders in energy efficiency with the National Energy Efficiency Awards.
The Awards recognise corporate leadership, individual excellence and energy efficiency innovation, and the winners represent outstanding achievement across the sector.
Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project 2018
Winner: Orora Group – Botany Paper Mill
As Botany Paper Mill accounts for 40 per cent of Orora’s electricity use and 30 per cent of its gas use, improving its energy performance was essential to the company achieving a challenging business-wide energy reduction target of 10 per cent by 2019. The approach that the Botany Paper Mill Energy Management Team has taken to meeting these targets is a world class example of holistic, site-wide energy and waste efficiency measures.
Best Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Project 2018
Under the Victorian Government’s Greener Government Building Program, Museums Victoria partnered with global technology company Siemens, to undertake a number of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability measures. Completed in 2017, the successes at Museums Victoria are already tangible: CO2 emissions have fallen by 16 per cent; water consumption has dropped by six per cent; and they have achieved a total annual energy reduction of 3,247,976 kWh.
Best Residential Energy Efficiency Project 2018
Winner: Pooled Energy
With Pooled Energy, swimming pools are continually optimised for time-of-day, time-of-year, weather, forecast, solar PV input, swimming use, water chemistry, the cost and price of power and the technical state of the Grid. These measures save customers approximately 30 per cent in their total household electricity consumption.
Highly commended: Croft Wooton Construction
Leading Energy User 2018
Winner: Target Australia
In January 2014, Target Australia set out to improve its energy efficiency and manage ever increasing energy costs. Four and half years later, Target has reduced energy use per meter of store area by 32 per cent, reduced its scope two carbon emissions by 36 per cent and avoided $24.5 million in energy cost increases. This has been achieved through a disciplined approach to monitoring, measuring and managing both energy use and supply costs.
Integrated Clean Energy Award 2018
Winner: Orora Group – Botany Paper Mill
In addition to the great energy efficiency measures undertaken by the Botany Paper Mill is the installation of a fully integrated onsite co-generation plant providing six per cent of the Botany Mill electricity requirements and displacing approximately 60,000 GJ of natural gas usage from a renewable source.
Best Innovation in Energy Efficiency 2018
EEIQ is an online portal that helps ensure that claimed energy-use savings are accurate and trustworthy, by training electricians and plumbers working in the energy efficiency sector to install appliances and systems in full accordance with Australia’s various energy-efficiency Codes, Regulations and Standards.
Best Energy Saving Program 2018
Winner: ACT Government
In 1999 the ACT Government introduced Australia’s first and only mandatory program for disclosing the energy efficiency of homes when they are leased or sold. Numerous studies have shown that this program is working – ensuring that building owners who upgrade their properties are rewarded with higher prices when they lease and sell them – creating a real incentive for energy efficiency upgrades.
Young Energy Efficiency Professional 2018
Winner: Michael Li
Michael managed the delivery of Built to Perform, an initiative led by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and ClimateWorks Australia. Built to Perform provides an industry-led evidence base to support governments set a trajectory for tighter energy efficiency standards for buildings that rises over time.
Energy Efficiency Champion 2018
Winner: Jon Jutsen
For over 30 years, Jon has been an enthusiastic and tenacious lobbyist for the energy efficiency sector. From the founding of Energetics in 1984, through to his current role as Chair of the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity, Jon has worked diligently to raise the profile of energy productivity and efficiency both nationally and internationally. Jon has played key roles in attracting funding to efficiency and productivity measures as well as promoting outcomes and the importance of addressing the demand side.