University wins at energy efficiency awards

Victoria University of Wellington has won a 2018 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) Business Award in the Public Sector category.

Silhouette of head and text—Public Sector Award

EECA promotes energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the use of energy from renewable sources, and the Awards aim to highlight and celebrate best practice in energy management in New Zealand.

The University’s win acknowledges its efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste. The University’s energy management programme, which commenced in 2007, has resulted in significant reductions in energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation.

Director, Sustainability, Andrew Wilks says that winning the award is a huge endorsement of the University’s longstanding commitment to sustainability.

“Over the past decade we have been making significant improvements in energy efficiency, but most of it has been behind the scenes. Winning this EECA Award is a great opportunity to celebrate our success and to increase the visibility of the great work so far.”

On its website, EECA says “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.”

Find out more about the awards on the EECA website.