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Nomination recognises energy efficiency

2 February 2006

Corrections' nomination recognises energy efficiency

The efforts of the Department of Corrections in promoting environmental sustainability were again recognised today with the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority's announcement of their EnergyWise Award finalists.

"As one of the Government's largest organisations Corrections has a responsibility to reduce its impact on the environment," says Chief Executive Barry Matthews. "The nomination shows that we are on the right track."

"This is recognition of the hard work Corrections has put into ensuring it is a committed, responsible user of environmental, social, and economic resources," says Mr Matthews. "An achievement that would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of our highly professional and competent staff."

"Since our five year Energy Management Strategy was approved in 2002, Corrections has achieved a reduction in energy use of 8.6 % per prisoner. This represents a cost savings of $800,000 in today's dollars. With energy prices increasing, and as more energy efficiency projects are completed, this figure is projected to reach $1 million by the end of the present financial year.

"As in everything, Corrections looks to ensure value for money and energy efficiency is one area where our forward thinking is paying off." Corrections has been nominated in both the Energy Managers section and the Public Sector category of the Awards.

Last year Corrections received the prestigious Leadership in Operational Sustainability award as part of the Ministry for the Environment's new Govt3 programme, for its efforts to promote sustainability in government agencies.

ENDS

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