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Energy of leading businesses exposed

The finalists for the 2004 EnergyWise Awards have been announced, with the line up featuring some of New Zealand's leading businesses.

Heather Staley Chief Executive of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) says the Awards are a showcase of innovative thinking and smart business management.

In their seventh year, the EnergyWise Awards are New Zealand's biggest celebration of innovative thinking in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

"Many New Zealand businesses have realised that making efficient use of energy isn't just something you to do for triple bottom line reporting - it makes good business sense. The businesses featured in the EnergyWise Awards demonstrate the financial gains that can be made by making the best possible use of our energy resources.

"Well known names such as Fonterra, McDonalds, Carter Holt Harvey and Auckland Zoo feature in the list of finalists, as well as organisations who are working to make energy efficiency a reality in their communities, such as the Huntly Energy Efficiency Trust and North Shore City Council," Ms Staley said.

>From the more than 100 entries judged, 27 finalists were selected across ten categories.

The winners will be announced at the EnergyWise Awards function to be held at Eden Park in Auckland on Wednesday 31 March. Tickets are available by visiting or by phoning 04 499 6909.

Ms Staley said that EECA is implementing the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy through improving energy choices.

2004 EnergyWise Awards - finalists by category

NZ Steel Industrial/Manufacturing Award for light and heavy manufacturing and processes: ACI Glass Packaging NZ (Auckland) Fonterra Cooperative Group (Hamilton)

Genesis Energy Commercial/Services Award for private sector commercial building, retail and service organisations: Kiwi Income Property Trust (Auckland) McDonalds Restaurants (NZ wide)

WEL Networks Public Sector Award for central and local government and crown-funded organisations: Auckland Zoological Park Gore District Council and Ice Sports Southland Victoria University

Transpower Energy Supplier Award for initiatives that best achieve an efficient supply-demand balance: Contact Energy Mercury Energy TrustPower

Meridian Renewable Energy Award for a project or technology using a renewable energy source: Earth Energy Systems (Great Barrier Is) Pan Pac Forest Products (Napier) Solid Energy Renewable Fuels (Chch) Wanaka Homestead Lodge and Cottages

Pink Batts Community Award for a project or initiative within the community which promotes and encourages sustainable energy: Eastern Bay Energy Trust (Whakatane) Electra (Levin) Huntly Energy Efficiency Trust WEL Networks (Waikato)

BP Transport Award for a demand management or fleet management initiative: North Shore City Council Roadsafe Auckland

Contact Energy Innovation Award for services, products or projects in end use energy efficiency and/or renewable energy: Gore District Council and Ice Sports Southland

Energy Management Association Energy Manager Award for individuals managing energy accounts over $250,000 pa: Arnold Yeoman (Degussa Peroxide Ltd) Gordon Whyte (Hutt Valley DHB) Justin Parker and Colin Foster (Telecom) Mike Anthony (Te Papa) Tim Armstrong (Victoria University)

EECA Sustained Achievement Award for organisations demonstrating multi-year improvement: Carter Holt Harvey - Kinleith (Tokoroa) Community Energy Action (Christchurch)

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