Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Christchurch energy innovation recognised in national awards

Christchurch energy innovation recognised in national awards

Christchurch City Council and its project partners have secured several national 2010 EECA Awards for the innovative use of bioenergy and highly efficient civic building.

The Council, Ngai Tahu and Powell Fenwick took the Public Sector award for the Civic building's energy efficiency. The building is set to become a net energy exporter thanks to a system that generates electricity from biogas. The Renewable Energy Award went to the Council and its consultants Beca, for its city-wide system that uses biogas, wood energy and biodiesel.

The Council and project partner Powell Fenwick were also Highly Commended in the Innovation category for its tri-generation system - the first of its kind in the world - which uses biogas to produce electricity, heat and refrigeration.

"These are outstanding projects. Christchurch has created something that all of New Zealand can take pride in," said EECA Chief Executive Mike Underhill. "It demonstrates real leadership, using renewable energy in an imaginative way but also striving to operate efficiently - showing that it's not just where energy comes from that is important, but how well we use it.

"This has multiple benefits - it's delivering value for ratepayers, and as one of our major tourist hubs, it underpins our reputation as a 'clean, green' destination. This should also help to raise the profile of good energy use within the community. It's an excellent role model for other councils."

The civic building, owned and developed with the Council by Ngai Tahu, incorporates a number of features to reduce energy consumption while maximising the use of renewable energy - including biogas and solar energy. It's the first building in the country to be awarded six stars under the New Zealand Green Building Council's 'green star' scheme

The council is also saving $5 million a year in energy costs through its use of renewable energy to power city facilities. Biogas produced at the Burwood landfill and Christchurch Wastewater Treatment Plant is piped through an 18km network before being used for heating, cooling, drying and generating electricity. The average payback on its energy projects is 2.7 years.

The Council's energy manager Leonid Itskovich says the Awards recognise the Council's commitment to giving the city the rewards that come from energy efficiency.

"Not only are these solutions smart, they also result in net gain for the city, and show how any organisation can use energy efficiency to reduce cost and attract new value," he says.

The EECA Awards celebrate organisations and individuals who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in energy efficiency or renewable energy. This year, nearly 100 entries were received across the nine categories. Entrants ranged from small businesses to large corporates to outstanding invididuals, spanning public and private sectors and community-based organisations

The Council was also a finalist in this week's New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards for its kerbside collection programme.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Cancel Culture And The ‘hate Speech’ Laws

If there really is anyone out there who feels genuinely panicked about what ‘cancel culture' is doing to our precious freedoms, then maybe they should just take a deep breath, look hard at who has allegedly been ‘ cancelled’ and see if they can detect any trace of a lasting “cancellation“ effect. Chances are, the alleged cancellees will be doing just fine. By and large, they will be people who do not lack for a public platform – never have, never will – and the downstream effects of being “ cancelled” will almost invariably be trending towards zero... More>>


Government: To Rev Up Reductions In Transport Emissions

The Government is calling for feedback on a range of potential policies to eliminate emissions in the transport sector. Transport Minister Michael Wood today released Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi - Transport Emissions: Pathways to ... More>>

KiwiSaver: Default Provider Scheme Improvements Slash Fees, Boosts Savings

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders will be significantly better off in retirement following changes to the default KiwiSaver scheme, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said today. More>>


Government: Hundreds Of New Electric Cars For State Sector

Total of 422 new electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the state sector $5.1 million for the Department of Conservation to buy 148 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure $1.1 million to help Kāinga Ora buy 40 electric ... More>>

Child Poverty: Reports Highlight Need For Ongoing Action

The Government has released the first Annual Report for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and the second Child Poverty Related Indicators (CPRI) Report, both of which highlight improvements in the lives of children as a result of actions of the Government, ... More>>


PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Parliament: Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>





InfoPages News Channels