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Business Network Responds To Energy Crisis

Business Network Responds To Energy Crisis Through Sharing Of Efficiency Information.

The Auckland Environmental Business Network (AEBN) is taking up the challenge presented by Government and is offering a training programme for Auckland businesses to implement energy efficient measures in offices. In light of New Zealand’s potential energy power crisis, the time is right to 'switch onto' energy efficiency practices within the office.

Wasted resources, be that solid waste, wastewater or energy, means inefficiency and therefore additional costs to any businesses bottom line.

“Business can benefit greatly by making our economy more energy efficient,” reports Rachel Brown, Director of the AEBN, “it simply means a more competitive business sector.”

On the 29th March 2001Government launched the Draft National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy at Parliament. The strategy aims for a 20% improvement in New Zealand's energy efficiency by 2012. “Renewable and alternative sources of energy are an integral part of the strategy”, states Brown, “ the role the AEBN is to help make businesses be aware of the options that are available now”.

The other major influence relating to energy is the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Under Kyoto, New Zealand has an obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, however if energy practices continue as normal, carbon dioxide emissions will be 45% higher than the 1990 levels. “With conventional energy prices continuing to rise alternative energy sources are starting to enter the mainstream thinking”, advises Brown, “some of these alternatives also result in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, supporting our commitment to Kyoto.

The Auckland Environmental Business Network invites those interested in implementing "Energy Efficient Offices" to a seminar on the 21st of August, as part of the networks ‘Sustainable Business Seminar Series’. Attendees will hear from the experiences of Energy Services Engineer Russell Baillie, from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, and Electrical Engineer Matthew Foskin from Meritec Consultancy. The pair will be outlining a range of practical energy efficient measures for offices designed to reduce energy costs and enhance competitiveness. Energy efficiency covers everything from building design through to heating or lighting choices. A number of renewable energies and efficiency products will be on display.

For more information contact the Auckland Environmental Business Network
PO Box 60-575, Titirangi, Auckland
(09) 817 2622 or Email office@aebn.pl.net

21st August (Tuesday)
This seminar provides attendees with the information needed to take practical steps to reduce power bills whilst making a contribution to reducing climate change. You will hear from Energy Services Engineer, Russell Baillie, as well as hearing about savings first hand from a local company who has benefited from good energy management. You will leave this seminar with a list of practices that you can implement in your office to reduce energy use.


Speakers

Russell Baillie ~ Energy Services Engineer ~ Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.
Matthew Foskin ~ Electrical Engineer ~ Meritec Consultancy

TIME: 7:30 to 9:00am (please confirm attendance at least two working days prior to event)
VENUE: Grey Lynn Community Centre – 510 Richmond Rd, GreyLynn
Seminar: $35 including GST (for members), $60 including GST (for non-members)
Breakfast will be provided.
PARKING: Parking available in surrounding streets or Call Rideline ph: 366 6400 for Public Transport information.

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