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2022 NATIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The National Energy Efficiency Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in energy efficiency, energy management and demand response across Australia.

Presented by the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2022 were announced across the two days of the National Energy Efficiency Conference, 25-26 May 2022. 

Luke Menzel, CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council, congratulated the winners.

“These people, projects and programs represent very best in residential, industrial, commercial and government efficiency and demand response in Australia. We at the EEC are always excited to be recognising world-class energy efficiency projects through the National Energy Efficiency Awards.”

The National Energy Efficiency Awards 2022 were supported by award sponsor Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and award partners Business Australia and the Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA).

2022 AWARD WINNERS

Energy Efficiency Champion 2022
Winner: Ian McNicol

Presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in advancing the energy efficiency industry, through advocacy, research, education or projects.

 
Ian has worked in the sustainable energy field since the early 1990. Since joining Sustainability Victoria in early 1999, Ian has worked on a range of partnership programs coordinating the Energy Task Force, the National Framework for Energy Efficiency and the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Scheme. He has represented Victoria on the national Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program, which oversees mandatory standards and labelling for appliances and equipment, since 2002.

Over the last decade, Ian has managed a range of projects investigating the energy efficiency upgrade potential of Victoria’s existing housing stock.

In 2016, Ian worked with consultants to develop SV’s initial Zero Net Carbon modelling tool. This led to a successful proposal for SV’s ZNC pilot program with three volume home builders. Ian is an active participant in current national discussions about whole-of-house modelling tools under the NatHERS framework.

Ian has devoted a large part of his professional career to policy development and modelling that has underpinned the success of Victorian programs. As Senior Energy Adviser, Energy Efficiency at Ian has been dubbed by his colleagues at SV the ‘grandfather of the Victorian Energy Upgrades program’ and has been involved with every residential activity in the scheme that has saved more than 35 million tonnes of emissions to date. Ian’s research has also driven energy efficiency retrofits and Sustainability Victoria’s Zero Net Carbon Homes project. Ian leads by doing, and his passion for energy data and energy efficiency is an inspiration to his colleagues.

Energy Efficiency Champion 2021
Winner: Caroline Pidcock

Presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in advancing the energy efficiency industry, through advocacy, research, education or projects.

Over the last three decades, Caroline has been a leading voice for development of a sustainable built environment. Caroline is passionate about the importance of architecture, biophilia and regenerative design. Caroline’s practice works to create a future which is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative. As a thought leader in sustainable architecture, Caroline is an ambassador of the Al Gore Climate Project, the chair of 1 Million Women, a movement of women and girls fighting climate change by taking practical action, a board member of Renew, and a past president of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council.

In 2009, Caroline was awarded a scholarship to investigate "The Architecture of Zero Emissions Housing" to discover how this might impact the technical and design approaches of the practice. Extending the ideas of this research led her to the Living Building Challenge where she joined the Board, and in 2013 established and chaired the Living Future Institute Australia.

Caroline has channelled her experience into her own architecture firm in Canberra, and we are delighted to recognise Caroline’s long demonstrated passion, dedication and leadership today.

Young Energy Efficiency Professional 2022
Winner: Alan Wuyi Wang

Presented to an individual under 35 years of age, who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in advancing the energy efficiency industry, through advocacy, research, education or projects

 

Alan is an emerging leader in the Australian energy efficiency industry, specialising in measurement and verification. Alan is a Principal Consultant with Northmore Gordon, where he has established an internal M&V team. Alan has advanced M&V practice in Victoria. He led the first M&V project to deliver Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates; pioneered the Solar VEECs solution using M&V for large-scale solar installations, and studied gas saving measures to avoid gas shortfalls. Alan is passionate about energy efficiency and the transition away from fossil fuels and works hard to build knowledge both in his professional networks, and his local community of Wyndham. 

Energy Efficiency Council Life Fellow 2022
Sara Gipton

For significant contributions to the development and advancement of the Energy Efficiency Council.

 

Sara served as the Council’s Treasurer for nearly six years from February 2015 to October 2020. She is a passionate and recognised leader in climate change policy, carbon markets and corporate sustainability.

Sara’s previous roles include as CEO of Greenfleet, whose operations she transformed into a highly respected leader in the forest carbon abatement industry. Sara was also CEO of FSC Australia where she led the finalisation and launch of the first FSC Australian Forest Management Standard.

In her tenure as Treasurer on the Council’s Board, Sara played a crucial role in supporting the Energy Efficiency Council’s development from a fledgling organisation into the respected, well-governed and scalable entity it is today. Many of the existing governance structures on which the Council is currently building were of her design and influence. Her financial acumen, strategic insight, consistent engagement and attention to detail were invaluable to the Board and management, especially through the unprecedented crisis that the onset of the COVID-pandemic caused within and external to the Council. She also took a keen interest in the welfare of staff throughout that period, and acted as a trusted advisor and mentor for senior staff. Sara left the Council’s governance, Board and staff well-placed to build on past successes.

Sara’s outstanding contribution to the Council and its mission, especially as a non-member in a voluntary capacity, is undisputed, and her legacy is of a significant and decisive contribution to the development of the energy management sector.

Best Innovation in Energy Management 2022
Winner: Chilled Plant Water Optimisation, by Exergenics 

Recognising performance, leadership and innovation for new products that deliver improvements in energy productivity.

  

Exergenics developed an optimisation engine that has been demonstrated to reduce chiller plant energy use by between 3.6% and 13.4%, with an average reduction of 7.1%. The optimisation engine also enables the chiller plants to deliver required cooling output while performing the most energy-intensive operations away from peak demand hours. This results in a peak demand reduction of 4.2% to 15.4%, with an average of 7.3%.

The optimisation engine is a cloud-based, API-first solution with automated processes, which lowers barriers to implementation of chilled water plant optimisation solutions. The solution will accelerate change in the sector by making portfolio-wide deployment and performance benchmarking seamless. This will also impact how engineers design and manage energy-intensive equipment such as HVAC systems through increased transparency on the operational performance of systems.

The implementation of the solution at the Queensland Children's Hospital resulted in the saving of 186,703 kilowatt-hours, equivalent to 149 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions since implementation. 

Best Commercial Building Energy Management Project 2022
Winner: Beyond Net Zero, by Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC)

Recognising performance, leadership and innovation for commercial building energy management projects.

 

PICAC in Narre Warren, Melbourne, is a state-of-the-art training facility designed as a zero-energy building, using an integrated solution of passive design, active design, and renewable energy.

The building uses a combination of renewable technologies, including geothermal, solar PV, and solar thermal. It is the first Australian building to use building foundation screw piles for geothermal energy generation. Passive design strategies and active systems, such as natural lighting and ventilation, in-slab hydronic heating, and evaporative cooling also help achieve the design aim.

The independent verifier, Deakin University, developed a sensor-based monitoring system for Net Zero energy accreditation, referring to the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory guideline.

PICAC achieved a substantial energy positive outcome for the monitored year, July 2020 to June 2021.  It also delivered an electricity saving of 13,704 kilowatt-hours between March and June 2021 compared to the prior year as a result of careful commissioning.        

Best Industrial Energy Management Project 2022
Winner: Increased Heat Recovery Project, by BlueScope Steel

 
Recognising performance, leadership and innovation for industrial energy management projects.

 

The project at the Western Sydney Paint Line manufacturing facility maximised heat recovery in the paint curing ovens reducing natural gas demand.

Each oven has a recycled heat damper, a natural gas burner and combustion air system to control thermal requirements. As Colorbond products are cured, volatile components are evaporated and exhausted with the waste gas. This waste gas, rich in volatile components, is combusted in a regenerative thermal oxidiser (RTO) and the waste heat absorbed and recovered via refractory media to recycle back to the curing ovens.

The project minimised exhaust flow to require less cold air input to the ovens; increased recycled hot air fan capacity with a bigger motor and variable speed drive to maintain downturn performance; and allowed the ovens and regenerative thermal oxidiser to cool to a lower standby status when the painting process was delayed. It also improved the process control system used to balance oven pressure, minimised ingress of ambient air into the ovens and optimised existing heat recovery equipment, reducing gas consumption required to maintain oven temperature.

The project saved 20 per cent of total site natural gas consumption.

Best Residential Energy Management Project 2022
Winner: Adelaide's First Efficient 10 Star Home, by Suho

Recognising performance, leadership and innovation for residential energy management projects  

 

Adelaide's First Energy Efficient 10 Star Home demonstrates the possibilities of sustainable design and construction in the Australian residential housing market. Achieving a NatHERS 10 Star energy efficiency rating, it uses three (3) megajoules per square metre annually for heating and cooling compared to ninety-six (96) megajoules per square metre for the average newly built home in Australia.

Smart automation systems include a Tindo PV Array, Stiebel Eltron mechanical heat recovery ventilation, Beacon Commercial fans, while ABB automation empowers occupants. The home can be off grid with the integration of energy efficient appliances, a Stiebel Eltron heat pump and ABB EV Charger.

This home can build knowledge, and adoption, of more climate-friendly home. By providing data to governing bodies, CSIRO, associations, industry and community it increases understanding of the relationship between human, house and environment 

Leading Energy User 2022
In partnership with the Energy Users Association of Australia
Winner: Telstra Infraco 

Leading Energy User is presented to an energy user that has demonstrated excellence in energy management at either the site or portfolio level.

  

The Energy Reduction Program encompasses numerous projects focussing on InfraCo's largest energy source, the energy used for building services such as air conditioning, power conversion systems and lighting. This program is a major contributor to Telstra's public commitment to reduce absolute carbon emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2030, compared to 2019 levels.

The program is based on a three-phase strategy. First, inspection of assets, where air-conditioning efficiency specialists, all refrigeration mechanics, have the skills to identify and implement many optimisation opportunities while on site. Second, asset upgrades to improve energy efficiency using a Total Cost of Ownership approach. And third, monitoring closely how assets are running and how much energy they are using. This allows validation of improvements being made and to continually improve energy management.

From 1 July 2019 to 28 Feb 2022, InfraCo invested $15.3M into the program, which has delivered annual energy savings of 36,400 megawatt-hours. 

Leading Energy User 2022
In partnership with the Energy Users Association of Australia
Highly Commended: Bega Cheese Ltd 

Leading Energy User is presented to an energy user that has demonstrated excellence in energy management at either the site or portfolio level.

   

Bega's program was developed to drive energy intensity and emissions reduction across a portfolio of cheese and retail food sites. In 2018, Bega worked with Shell Energy to develop an Energy Reduction Roadmap which identified a pathway for reduced energy intensity. The program implemented submetering, connected existing and new metering to Energy Management Software, established energy intensity targets, began monthly site energy reports, identified energy efficiency opportunities, and set a plan to implement improvemnets. Bega Cheese has continued to work with Shell Energy to roll out energy efficiency projects providing significant energy, cost and emissions reductions.

They have also made improvmenets to the business' procedures in alignment with ISO50001 Energy Management System standard. The program covers six main manufacturing sites with a total energy usage of 1,920 terajoules per year. The standout site has been their Port Melbourne site which achieved a 6.8% reduction in energy usage equating to 11,274 gigajoules.

Integrated Clean Energy 2022
In partnership with
ARENA
Winner: 101 Collins Street - Gas hot water plant conversion to heat pump with solar PV, by Thermal Energy Solutions and A.G. Coombs 

Presented to a nominated project that has demonstrated excellence in integrating high levels of energy productivity and renewable energy at the site, portfolio, precinct or community level

  

This project in a high-profile existing building showcases a technology solution to improve energy efficiency and electrify to remove Scope 1 emissions. The project converted domestic hot water generation from the original building calorifiers, connected to the buildings natural gas-fired heating hot water plant, to a system featuring highly efficient commercial heat pumps, thermal storage calorifier tanks and solar PV collectors to provide off grid DC electrical energy production.

Eight kilowatts of solar PV was added to the level 55 roof. The new solar PV system provides the primary heating for the four 500-litre Enermax tanks via electric immersion heating elements.

During the initial period post final commissioning the new plant reduced energy consumption by eighty-one per cent compared to the previous plant, and reduced associated greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Best Energy Saving Program 2022
Winner: Small Business Energy Saver Program, by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Awarded to programs that drive improvements in energy management, increase retrofit opportunities, improve reliability or deliver other benefits to the grid.

   

Launched in March 2021, the Small Business Energy Saver Program provides financial support for up to 5,000 Victorian small businesses to undertake energy efficiency upgrades. The program provides a bonus incentive that significantly reduces the cost of upgrades delivered through the Victorian Energy Upgrades program. The program leverages organisations such as Greenhouse Alliances, Local Government and peak bodies to engage with local business and trades to promote and educate small business on energy saving opportunities. The program has been delivered as a COVID economic recovery support measure and will contribute to the Victorian Government's Interim Climate Change Targets and concludes in June 2022.                                            

Between June 2021 and March 2022, the program provided energy efficiency upgrades to 3,600 small businesses. From the upgrades delivered to date, the program will save 8,240 megawatt-hours, 7,651 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and $2.14 million in energy per year in conjunction with a variety of co-benefits. 

Best Energy Saving Program 2022
Highly Commended: Sustainable Household Scheme, by the ACT Government's Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Awarded to programs that drive improvements in energy management, increase retrofit opportunities, improve reliability or deliver other benefits to the grid.

  

The ACT Government committed $150 million to assist households and community organisations to make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes and premises.

The Scheme provides zero-interest loans between $2,000 and $15,000 to help homeowners reduce energy use and costs, live more comfortably and future proof their homes for a changing climate.

The Scheme is the first in Australia to offer a full suite of sustainable products. It will see over 10,000 ACT homes benefit over its five-year life. Loans can be used to purchase products including rooftop solar, household battery storage, hot water heat pumps, electric stove tops, electric heating and cooling, electric vehicle chargers, and new and used electric vehicles.

The program aims to reduce living costs and support the individual wellbeing of our population. The Scheme supports human focused resilience and adaptation for climate change, economic development, affordable and clean energy, industry innovation and participation which places Canberra as a sustainable and liveable city.

  

NATIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARDS 2022, PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY:   

 

2022 NATIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The National Energy Efficiency Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in energy efficiency, energy management and demand response across Australia.

Presented by the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2022 were announced across the two days of the National Energy Efficiency Conference, 25-26 May 2022. 

Luke Menzel, CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council, congratulated the winners.

“These people, projects and programs represent very best in residential, industrial, commercial and government efficiency and demand response in Australia. We at the EEC are always excited to be recognising world-class energy efficiency projects through the National Energy Efficiency Awards.”

The National Energy Efficiency Awards 2022 were supported by award sponsor Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and award partners Business Australia and the Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA).

2022 AWARD WINNERS

Energy Efficiency Champion 2022
Winner: Ian McNicol

Presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in advancing the energy efficiency industry, through advocacy, research, education or projects.

 
Ian has worked in the sustainable energy field since the early 1990. Since joining Sustainability Victoria in early 1999, Ian has worked on a range of partnership programs coordinating the Energy Task Force, the National Framework for Energy Efficiency and the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Scheme. He has represented Victoria on the national Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program, which oversees mandatory standards and labelling for appliances and equipment, since 2002.

Over the last decade, Ian has managed a range of projects investigating the energy efficiency upgrade potential of Victoria’s existing housing stock.

In 2016, Ian worked with consultants to develop SV’s initial Zero Net Carbon modelling tool. This led to a successful proposal for SV’s ZNC pilot program with three volume home builders. Ian is an active participant in current national discussions about whole-of-house modelling tools under the NatHERS framework.

Ian has devoted a large part of his professional career to policy development and modelling that has underpinned the success of Victorian programs. As Senior Energy Adviser, Energy Efficiency at Ian has been dubbed by his colleagues at SV the ‘grandfather of the Victorian Energy Upgrades program’ and has been involved with every residential activity in the scheme that has saved more than 35 million tonnes of emissions to date. Ian’s research has also driven energy efficiency retrofits and Sustainability Victoria’s Zero Net Carbon Homes project. Ian leads by doing, and his passion for energy data and energy efficiency is an inspiration to his colleagues.

Energy Efficiency Champion 2021
Winner: Caroline Pidcock

Presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in advancing the energy efficiency industry, through advocacy, research, education or projects.

Over the last three decades, Caroline has been a leading voice for development of a sustainable built environment. Caroline is passionate about the importance of architecture, biophilia and regenerative design. Caroline’s practice works to create a future which is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative. As a thought leader in sustainable architecture, Caroline is an ambassador of the Al Gore Climate Project, the chair of 1 Million Women, a movement of women and girls fighting climate change by taking practical action, a board member of Renew, and a past president of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council.

In 2009, Caroline was awarded a scholarship to investigate "The Architecture of Zero Emissions Housing" to discover how this might impact the technical and design approaches of the practice. Extending the ideas of this research led her to the Living Building Challenge where she joined the Board, and in 2013 established and chaired the Living Future Institute Australia.

Caroline has channelled her experience into her own architecture firm in Canberra, and we are delighted to recognise Caroline’s long demonstrated passion, dedication and leadership today.

Young Energy Efficiency Professional 2022
Winner: Alan Wuyi Wang

Presented to an individual under 35 years of age, who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in advancing the energy efficiency industry, through advocacy, research, education or projects

 

Alan is an emerging leader in the Australian energy efficiency industry, specialising in measurement and verification. Alan is a Principal Consultant with Northmore Gordon, where he has established an internal M&V team. Alan has advanced M&V practice in Victoria. He led the first M&V project to deliver Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates; pioneered the Solar VEECs solution using M&V for large-scale solar installations, and studied gas saving measures to avoid gas shortfalls. Alan is passionate about energy efficiency and the transition away from fossil fuels and works hard to build knowledge both in his professional networks, and his local community of Wyndham. 

Energy Efficiency Council Life Fellow 2022
Sara Gipton

For significant contributions to the development and advancement of the Energy Efficiency Council.

 

Sara served as the Council’s Treasurer for nearly six years from February 2015 to October 2020. She is a passionate and recognised leader in climate change policy, carbon markets and corporate sustainability.

Sara’s previous roles include as CEO of Greenfleet, whose operations she transformed into a highly respected leader in the forest carbon abatement industry. Sara was also CEO of FSC Australia where she led the finalisation and launch of the first FSC Australian Forest Management Standard.

In her tenure as Treasurer on the Council’s Board, Sara played a crucial role in supporting the Energy Efficiency Council’s development from a fledgling organisation into the respected, well-governed and scalable entity it is today. Many of the existing governance structures on which the Council is currently building were of her design and influence. Her financial acumen, strategic insight, consistent engagement and attention to detail were invaluable to the Board and management, especially through the unprecedented crisis that the onset of the COVID-pandemic caused within and external to the Council. She also took a keen interest in the welfare of staff throughout that period, and acted as a trusted advisor and mentor for senior staff. Sara left the Council’s governance, Board and staff well-placed to build on past successes.

Sara’s outstanding contribution to the Council and its mission, especially as a non-member in a voluntary capacity, is undisputed, and her legacy is of a significant and decisive contribution to the development of the energy management sector.

Best Innovation in Energy Management 2022
Winner: Chilled Plant Water Optimisation, by Exergenics 

Recognising performance, leadership and innovation for new products that deliver improvements in energy productivity.

  

Exergenics developed an optimisation engine that has been demonstrated to reduce chiller plant energy use by between 3.6% and 13.4%, with an average reduction of 7.1%. The optimisation engine also enables the chiller plants to deliver required cooling output while performing the most energy-intensive operations away from peak demand hours. This results in a peak demand reduction of 4.2% to 15.4%, with an average of 7.3%.

The optimisation engine is a cloud-based, API-first solution with automated processes, which lowers barriers to implementation of chilled water plant optimisation solutions. The solution will accelerate change in the sector by making portfolio-wide deployment and performance benchmarking seamless. This will also impact how engineers design and manage energy-intensive equipment such as HVAC systems through increased transparency on the operational performance of systems.

The implementation of the solution at the Queensland Children's Hospital resulted in the saving of 186,703 kilowatt-hours, equivalent to 149 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions since implementation. 

Best Commercial Building Energy Management Project 2022
Winner: Beyond Net Zero, by Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC)

Recognising performance, leadership and innovation for commercial building energy management projects.

 

PICAC in Narre Warren, Melbourne, is a state-of-the-art training facility designed as a zero-energy building, using an integrated solution of passive design, active design, and renewable energy.

The building uses a combination of renewable technologies, including geothermal, solar PV, and solar thermal. It is the first Australian building to use building foundation screw piles for geothermal energy generation. Passive design strategies and active systems, such as natural lighting and ventilation, in-slab hydronic heating, and evaporative cooling also help achieve the design aim.

The independent verifier, Deakin University, developed a sensor-based monitoring system for Net Zero energy accreditation, referring to the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory guideline.

PICAC achieved a substantial energy positive outcome for the monitored year, July 2020 to June 2021.  It also delivered an electricity saving of 13,704 kilowatt-hours between March and June 2021 compared to the prior year as a result of careful commissioning.        

Best Industrial Energy Management Project 2022
Winner: Increased Heat Recovery Project, by BlueScope Steel

 
Recognising performance, leadership and innovation for industrial energy management projects.

 

The project at the Western Sydney Paint Line manufacturing facility maximised heat recovery in the paint curing ovens reducing natural gas demand.

Each oven has a recycled heat damper, a natural gas burner and combustion air system to control thermal requirements. As Colorbond products are cured, volatile components are evaporated and exhausted with the waste gas. This waste gas, rich in volatile components, is combusted in a regenerative thermal oxidiser (RTO) and the waste heat absorbed and recovered via refractory media to recycle back to the curing ovens.

The project minimised exhaust flow to require less cold air input to the ovens; increased recycled hot air fan capacity with a bigger motor and variable speed drive to maintain downturn performance; and allowed the ovens and regenerative thermal oxidiser to cool to a lower standby status when the painting process was delayed. It also improved the process control system used to balance oven pressure, minimised ingress of ambient air into the ovens and optimised existing heat recovery equipment, reducing gas consumption required to maintain oven temperature.

The project saved 20 per cent of total site natural gas consumption.

Best Residential Energy Management Project 2022
Winner: Adelaide's First Efficient 10 Star Home, by Suho

Recognising performance, leadership and innovation for residential energy management projects  

 

Adelaide's First Energy Efficient 10 Star Home demonstrates the possibilities of sustainable design and construction in the Australian residential housing market. Achieving a NatHERS 10 Star energy efficiency rating, it uses three (3) megajoules per square metre annually for heating and cooling compared to ninety-six (96) megajoules per square metre for the average newly built home in Australia.

Smart automation systems include a Tindo PV Array, Stiebel Eltron mechanical heat recovery ventilation, Beacon Commercial fans, while ABB automation empowers occupants. The home can be off grid with the integration of energy efficient appliances, a Stiebel Eltron heat pump and ABB EV Charger.

This home can build knowledge, and adoption, of more climate-friendly home. By providing data to governing bodies, CSIRO, associations, industry and community it increases understanding of the relationship between human, house and environment 

Leading Energy User 2022
In partnership with the Energy Users Association of Australia
Winner: Telstra Infraco 

Leading Energy User is presented to an energy user that has demonstrated excellence in energy management at either the site or portfolio level.

  

The Energy Reduction Program encompasses numerous projects focussing on InfraCo's largest energy source, the energy used for building services such as air conditioning, power conversion systems and lighting. This program is a major contributor to Telstra's public commitment to reduce absolute carbon emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2030, compared to 2019 levels.

The program is based on a three-phase strategy. First, inspection of assets, where air-conditioning efficiency specialists, all refrigeration mechanics, have the skills to identify and implement many optimisation opportunities while on site. Second, asset upgrades to improve energy efficiency using a Total Cost of Ownership approach. And third, monitoring closely how assets are running and how much energy they are using. This allows validation of improvements being made and to continually improve energy management.

From 1 July 2019 to 28 Feb 2022, InfraCo invested $15.3M into the program, which has delivered annual energy savings of 36,400 megawatt-hours. 

Leading Energy User 2022
In partnership with the Energy Users Association of Australia
Highly Commended: Bega Cheese Ltd 

Leading Energy User is presented to an energy user that has demonstrated excellence in energy management at either the site or portfolio level.

   

Bega's program was developed to drive energy intensity and emissions reduction across a portfolio of cheese and retail food sites. In 2018, Bega worked with Shell Energy to develop an Energy Reduction Roadmap which identified a pathway for reduced energy intensity. The program implemented submetering, connected existing and new metering to Energy Management Software, established energy intensity targets, began monthly site energy reports, identified energy efficiency opportunities, and set a plan to implement improvemnets. Bega Cheese has continued to work with Shell Energy to roll out energy efficiency projects providing significant energy, cost and emissions reductions.

They have also made improvmenets to the business' procedures in alignment with ISO50001 Energy Management System standard. The program covers six main manufacturing sites with a total energy usage of 1,920 terajoules per year. The standout site has been their Port Melbourne site which achieved a 6.8% reduction in energy usage equating to 11,274 gigajoules.

Integrated Clean Energy 2022
In partnership with
ARENA
Winner: 101 Collins Street - Gas hot water plant conversion to heat pump with solar PV, by Thermal Energy Solutions and A.G. Coombs 

Presented to a nominated project that has demonstrated excellence in integrating high levels of energy productivity and renewable energy at the site, portfolio, precinct or community level

  

This project in a high-profile existing building showcases a technology solution to improve energy efficiency and electrify to remove Scope 1 emissions. The project converted domestic hot water generation from the original building calorifiers, connected to the buildings natural gas-fired heating hot water plant, to a system featuring highly efficient commercial heat pumps, thermal storage calorifier tanks and solar PV collectors to provide off grid DC electrical energy production.

Eight kilowatts of solar PV was added to the level 55 roof. The new solar PV system provides the primary heating for the four 500-litre Enermax tanks via electric immersion heating elements.

During the initial period post final commissioning the new plant reduced energy consumption by eighty-one per cent compared to the previous plant, and reduced associated greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Best Energy Saving Program 2022
Winner: Small Business Energy Saver Program, by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Awarded to programs that drive improvements in energy management, increase retrofit opportunities, improve reliability or deliver other benefits to the grid.

   

Launched in March 2021, the Small Business Energy Saver Program provides financial support for up to 5,000 Victorian small businesses to undertake energy efficiency upgrades. The program provides a bonus incentive that significantly reduces the cost of upgrades delivered through the Victorian Energy Upgrades program. The program leverages organisations such as Greenhouse Alliances, Local Government and peak bodies to engage with local business and trades to promote and educate small business on energy saving opportunities. The program has been delivered as a COVID economic recovery support measure and will contribute to the Victorian Government's Interim Climate Change Targets and concludes in June 2022.                                            

Between June 2021 and March 2022, the program provided energy efficiency upgrades to 3,600 small businesses. From the upgrades delivered to date, the program will save 8,240 megawatt-hours, 7,651 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and $2.14 million in energy per year in conjunction with a variety of co-benefits. 

Best Energy Saving Program 2022
Highly Commended: Sustainable Household Scheme, by the ACT Government's Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Awarded to programs that drive improvements in energy management, increase retrofit opportunities, improve reliability or deliver other benefits to the grid.

  

The ACT Government committed $150 million to assist households and community organisations to make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes and premises.

The Scheme provides zero-interest loans between $2,000 and $15,000 to help homeowners reduce energy use and costs, live more comfortably and future proof their homes for a changing climate.

The Scheme is the first in Australia to offer a full suite of sustainable products. It will see over 10,000 ACT homes benefit over its five-year life. Loans can be used to purchase products including rooftop solar, household battery storage, hot water heat pumps, electric stove tops, electric heating and cooling, electric vehicle chargers, and new and used electric vehicles.

The program aims to reduce living costs and support the individual wellbeing of our population. The Scheme supports human focused resilience and adaptation for climate change, economic development, affordable and clean energy, industry innovation and participation which places Canberra as a sustainable and liveable city.

  

NATIONAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARDS 2022, PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY:   

 

 

               

The National Energy Efficiency Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in energy efficiency, energy management and demand response across Australia.

Presented by the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2020 were announced across the three days of the National Energy Efficiency Conference, 24-26 November 2020. Luke Menzel, CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council, congratulated the winners.

“These people, projects and programs represent very best in residential, industrial, commercial and government efficiency and demand response in Australia. We at the EEC are always excited to be recognising world-class energy efficiency projects through the National Energy Efficiency Awards.”

The National Energy Efficiency Awards 2020 were supported by award sponsors Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) and award partners Renew, Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA) and Australian Energy Foundation (AEF).

 

2020 AWARD WINNERS

Energy Efficiency Champion 2020
Winner: Kellie Caught

Presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in advancing the energy efficiency industry, through advocacy, research, education or projects.

 
 
Kellie has been a tireless advocate and formidable campaigner for both energy efficiency and the needs of Australians, particularly vulnerable households. Kellie's ability to drive cross sector collaboration has put energy efficiency at the heart of the debate around better housing for all Australian's, and Kellie's dedication has resulted in genuine social and environmental outcomes.
 

 

Young Energy Efficiency Professional 2020
Winner: Siddharth Sheth

Presented to an individual under 35 years of age, who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in advancing the energy efficiency industry, through advocacy, research, education or projects

 

Sid leads a team of analysts and engineers as part of City FM’s Energy Centre, where has demonstrated outstanding leadership as well as a focus and dedication to individual growth and the growth of the sector.

 

 

 

Energy Efficiency Council Life Fellow
Stuart Macfarlane

For significant contributions to the development and advancement of the Energy Efficiency Council.

 
Stuart was a founding Energy Efficiency Council Board member and served as a Director on the Council’s Board for 10 years. Over that period, he held the offices of Secretary and Vice-President, before retiring in 2019. Stuart played a cruicial role in growing the Council from a fledgling organisation into the respected and influential industry association it is today. His strategic insight, his consistent engagement, and his attention to detail were mainstays of board conversation for a decade. He also took a keen interest in the welfare of staff throughout that period, and acted as a trusted advisor to the EEC Leadership team.
 

Best Innovation in Energy Efficiency 2020
Winner: Zen Air 

Recognising performance, leadership and innovation for new products that deliver improvements in energy productivity

The Zen Air device turns a compatible smartphone into a split air conditioner remote control that provides new conveniences that improve daily lifestyle, for example by integrating tailored device settings into users’ daily routines. Reduced energy demand and greater system efficiency translates into more reliable and longer-lasting air conditioning units. The ability to remotely monitor the system to check and control its operation offers additional visibility and insight. For example, users can monitor the HVAC system while on vacation or track for indoor temperature and humidity. The Zen Air product and initial software applications offer immediate energy savings of up to 30 percent and is a great example of a user friendly, accesible and effective innovation. 

 

Best Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Project 2020
Winner: RACV Noosa Resort

Recognising performance, leadership and innovation for commercial building energy efficiency projects.

 

 
RACV Noosa Resort rolled out a web-enabled energy management system for cost savings and convenience and to address a key area of environmental impact for the resort. RACV Noosa Resort worked with Zen Ecosystems to install Zen Thermostats in 170 apartments and integrate the Zen HQ cloud platform. This highly effective, web enabled energy management system is delivering significant cost savings and reducing environmental impacts, including a reduction 120,000kWh and $90,000 per year in energy costs, and saving approximately $15K per year in HVAC maintenance and replacement costs.

 

Best Agricultural Energy Efficiency Project 2020
Winner: Bundaberg Regional Irrigators Group

 
Recognising performance, leadership and innovation for on-farm agricultural energy efficiency projects.
 
Bundaberg Regional Irrigators Group partnered with the Cayley family and Bundaberg Sugar Services in an efficiency-first approach to farm irrigation energy management. The replacement of over 500m of irrigation piping, combined with extensive weather and soil type analysis to determine optimal irrigations scheduling resulted in a 42% reduction in energy per tonne of sugarcane harvested – a surprisingly simple solution with huge potential to lead industry wide change. The Cayley family are not the only ones benefiting from the success of the project, they are leading the way in knowledge sharing across the region, enabling increased uptake in energy reduction measures for irrigation.

Highly commended: Websters Group

 

Best Residential Energy Efficiency Project 2020
Winner: FERN, by Steele Associates

Recognising performance, leadership and innovation for residential energy efficiency projects  

The Fern has been designed as Sydney’s urban oasis and is Australia’s first Passive House apartments. Set on a challenging, compact city site, passive solar design was made difficult by adverse site orientation and firewall requirements. Despite this, FERN is a first class demonstration of what's possible in residential new builds. Fern achieves passive house principles of stringent air tightness, continuous unbroken insulation, high performance glazing, structural thermal breaks, and heat recovery ventilation. The building envelope is highly efficient, and provides comfortable temperatures.  The 21kW PV system generates more electricity that the Fern uses, and provides all energy including hot water and cooking, with no gas connected to the property. 

Highly commended: Gillies Hall by Monash University 

 

Leading Energy User 2020 & Intrgrated Clean Energy Award
Winner: Pernod Ricard Winemakers 

Leading Energy User is presented to an energy user that has demonstrated excellence in energy management at either the site or portfolio level


Integrated Clean Energy is presented to a nominated project that has demonstrated excellence in integrating high levels of energy productivity and renewable energy at the site, portfolio, precinct or community level

Pernod Ricard have undertaken multiple efficiency projects, including the consolidation and optimisation of refrigerating plants; Sensor and LED Lighting upgrades; and Insulation for warehouse storage. They have installed 3MW of generation capacity at two Barossa Valley wineries, generating approximately 20% of the company’s annual energy usage.  To meet the remaining 80% of demand Pernod Ricard has signed a Virtual Generation Agreement via Flow Power. Further, they have implemented ongoing demand response. Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ approach is a fantastic example of holistic energy strategy and innovation leveraged to meet sustainability commitments.

 

Best Energy Saving Program 2020
Winner: ActewAGL & ACT Government 

Awarded to programs that drive improvements in energy management, increase retrofit opportunities, improve reliability or deliver other benefits to the grid.

ActewAGL introduced the Energy Efficiency Upgrade program for Public Housing in December 2018. The Program is co-funded by ActewAGL and the ACT Commissioner for Social Housing to deliver 2,200 energy efficient upgrades to public housing properties in the ACT. The Program replaces old inefficient ducted gas heaters to ducted reverse cycle, gas room heaters to room air conditioners and gas hot water to hot water heat pumps.  The Program aims to improve the energy efficiency of the eligible properties through innovative products and market leading technology, all while helping vulnerable people better manage their energy usage and costs of living. 

 

 

 

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National Energy Efficiency Awards 2018                 

The National Energy Efficiency Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in energy efficiency, cogeneration and demand management across Australia.

Presented by the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2018 were announced on Monday 19 November 2018 at the Gala Dinner of the National Energy Efficiency Conference held at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney. 

The Energy Efficiency Council congratulates all of the winners.

2018 AWARD WINNERS

Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project 2018

Winner: Orora Group - Botany Paper Mill 

As Botany Paper Mill accounts for 40% of Orora’s electricity use and 30% of its gas use, improving its energy performance was essential to the company achieving a challenging business-wide energy reduction target of 10% by 2019. The approach that the Botany Paper Mill Energy Management Team have taken to meeting these targets is a world class example of holistic, site-wide energy and waste efficiency measures.

Highly Commended:  Saputo, Genesis Now & VABOSS

Best Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Project 2018

Winner: Museums Victoria & Siemens 

Under the Victorian Government’s Greener Government Building Program, Museums Victoria partnered with global technology company Siemens, to undertake a number of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability  measures. Completed in 2017, the successes at Museums Victoria are already tangible: CO2 emissions have fallen by 16%; water consumption has dropped by 6%; and they have achieved a total annual energy reduction of 3,247,976 kWh. 

Best Residential Energy Efficiency Project 2018

Winner: Pooled Energy 

With Pooled Energy, swimming pools are continually optimised for time-of-day, time-of-year, weather, forecast, solar PV input, swimming use, water chemistry, the cost and price of power and the technical state of the Grid. Saving customers approximately 30% in their total household electricity consumption.

Highly commended: Croft Wooton Construction

Leading Energy User 2018

Winner: Target Australia 

In January 2014, Target Australia set out to improve its energy efficiency and manage ever increasing energy costs. Four and half years later, Target has reduced energy use per meter of store area by 32%, reduced its scope two carbon emissions by 36% percent and avoided $24.5 million in energy cost increases. This has been achieved through a disciplined approach to monitoring, measuring and managing both energy use and supply costs.

Highly Commended: HOYTS & IBMS

Integrated Clean Energy Award 2018

Winner: Orora Group - Botany Paper Mill 

In addition to the great energy efficiency measures undertaken by the Botany Paper Mill is the installation of a fully integrated onsite co-generation plant providing 6% of the Botany Mill electricity requirements and displacing approximately 60 000 GJ of natural gas usage from a renewable source.

 

Best Innovation in Energy Efficiency 2018

Winner: MAC Energy Efficiency Group - EEIQ 

EEIQ is an online portal that helps ensure that claimed energy-use savings are accurate and trustworthy, by training electricians and plumbers working in the energy efficiency sector to install appliances and systems in full accordance with Australia’s various energy-efficiency Codes, Regulations and Standards. 

 

Best Energy Saving Program 2018

Winner: ACT Government

In 1999 the ACT Government introduced Australia’s first and only mandatory program for disclosing the energy efficiency of homes when they are leased or sold. Numerous studies have shown that this program is working – ensuring that building owners who upgrade their properties are rewarded with higher prices when they lease and sell them – the creates a real incentive for energy efficiency upgrades.
 
 

Young Energy Efficiency Professional 2018

Winner: Michael Li 

Michael managed the delivery of Built to Perform, an initiative led by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and ClimateWorks Australia. Built to Perform provides an industry-led evidence base to support governments set a trajectory for tighter energy efficiency standards for buildings that rises over time.

 

Energy Efficiency Champion 2018

Winner: Jon Jutsen 

For over 30 years, Jon has been an enthusiastic and tenacious lobbyist for our sector. From the founding of Energetics in 1984, through to his current role as Chair of the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity, Jon has worked diligently to raise the profile of energy productivity and efficiency both nationally and internationally.  Jon has played key roles in attracting funding to efficiency and productivity measures as well as promoting outcomes and the importance of addressing the demand side. 

Energy Efficiency Council Fellow

Simon James


A Fellow is an individual that has made an exceptional contribution to the Energy Efficiency Council and its mission to build the market for energy efficiency products and services. Simon James was elected as the President for Energy Efficiency Council during our first conference, in 2009, and held that post until he stepped down as 2013. During his tenure as President, the EEC grew from a tiny start-up organisation to a nationally-recognised leader in the sector and the community. Under his leadership, the EEC become a highly influential and respected voice in the energy debate.


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National Energy Efficiency Awards 2017

The National Energy Efficiency Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in energy efficiency, cogeneration and demand management across Australia.

Presented by the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) and now in its sixth year, the winners of the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2017 were announced on Monday 20 November 2017 at the Gala Dinner of the National Energy Efficiency Conference held at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park. 

The Energy Efficiency Council extends warm congratulations to all of the winners.

2017 AWARD WINNERS:

Best Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Project - above 2,000 SQM

Winner: Melbourne Cricket Club for Enhancing energy efficiency at the MCG

Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project

Winner: Toll Group for Toll - Nike Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Best Residential Energy Efficiency Project 

Winner: Switch Your Thinking

Best ‘Smart Energy’ Project

Winner: RMIT University for RMIT University - Sustainable Urban Precincts Program

Best Innovation in Energy Efficiency

Winner: Vivid Industrial for MATRIXX® - an intelligent LED lighting platform

Best Energy Saving Program

Winner: Department Environment, Land, Water and Planning for Victorian Energy Upgrades

Highly Commended: NSW Government -  Energy Saver for Business

Leading Energy User

Winner: Unitywater for Unitywater Energy Reduction Program

  

Young Energy Efficiency Professional 2017

Winner: Jason Harrison, Airmaster

Energy Efficiency Champion 2017

Winner: Alan Pears, RMIT


 


 

National Energy Efficiency Awards 2016

The National Energy Efficiency Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in energy efficiency, cogeneration and demand management across Australia.

Presented by the Energy Efficiency Council and now in their fifth year, the winners of the  National Energy Efficiency Awards 2016 were announced on Tuesday 16 November 2016 at the Gala Dinner of the National Energy Efficiency Conference, held at the Australian Technology Park, Evelegh NSW.  


The Energy Efficiency Council extends warm congratulations to all of the winners.

2016 Award Winners:

Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project 2016

Winner: Parmalat and MINUS40 for refrigeration plant upgrade

Best Energy Efficiency Innovation 2016

Winner: enLighten Australia for Chamaeleon III

Best Energy Savings Program 2016

Winner: Sustainability Victoria for Energy Efficient Office Buildings

Best Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Project 2016

Winner: CBUS Property, Charter Hall & Knight Frank for 171 Collins St Melbourne

Highly Commended: Mirvac for Bay Centre

Leading Energy User 2016 

Supported by the Energy Users Association of Australia

Winner: Woolworths for Project Enlighten

    

Highly Commended: Commonwealth Bank of Australia Reducing Carbon Footprint

Young Energy Efficiency Professional 2016

Winner: Leon Wurfel, Bueno Systems

Highly Commended: Grace Foo, Energy Action

Energy Efficiency Champion 2016

Winner: Louise Vickery, ARENA

 



 

National Energy Efficiency Awards 2015

The National Energy Efficiency Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in energy efficiency, cogeneration and demand management across Australia.

Delivered by the Energy Efficiency Council and presented in partnership with the Energy Users Association of Australia, the awards were presented at the gala dinner of the National Energy Efficiency Conference 2015 on 17 November at Pullman Melbourne on the Park.

The Energy Efficiency Council extends warm congratulations to all of the winners.

2015 Award Winners:

Best SME Energy Efficiency Project 2015

Winner: Ryan Meat Company and MINUS40 for commercial to industrial refrigeration upgrade

Best Residential Energy Efficiency Project 2015

Winner: CitySmart for Reduce Your Juice

Best Energy Savings Program 2015

Winner: Moreland Energy Foundation, for achievements 2000-2015

Best Demand Response Project 2015

Winner: Australian Textile Mills and EnerNOC for Technology-Enabled Critical Peak Demand Response

Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project 2015

Winner: Tri-Tech Chemical and Genesis Now for Tri-Tech's Energy Makeover

Best Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Project 2015

Winner: Mirvac Property Trust for Sirius

Highly Commended: Frasers Property Australia for The Ponds Shopping Centre

Leading Energy User 2015

Winner: Charter Hall Group for energy efficiency in the Charter Hall Office Trust

Energy Efficiency Champion 2015

Winner: Stuart Nesbitt, Climate Change Technical Officer at Moreland City Council

 

The National Energy Efficiency Awards 2015 are presented in partnership with the Energy Users Association of Australia with support from NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.


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National Energy Efficiency Awards 2014

The winners of the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2014 were announced at the gala dinner of the National Energy Efficiency Conference 2014 on 11 November at Swissotel Sydney. The winners were: 

Best Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Project 2014

Winner - Australian Technology Park and Building IQ

Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project 2014

Winner - Primo Smallgoods and Ecosave
Highly Commended - Parmalat and Out Performers

Best Cogeneration or District Energy Project 2014

Winner - Total Construction and Frasers Property Group

Best Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) Energy Efficiency Project 2014

(in partnership with NSW Office of Environment and Heritage)

Winner - Kilsyth Basketball Centre and AGL Energy Services

Best Demand Response Project 2014

Winner - ERM Business Energy and EnerNOC

Best Energy Savings Program 2014

Winner - Energy Savings Scheme and NSW Government

Energy Efficiency Champion 2014

Winner - Paul Bannister, Energy Action
Highly Commended - Graham Bryant, Simplot

Leading Energy User 2014

Winner - Orora Ltd
Highly Commended - Simplot Australia

 

The Energy Efficiency Council extends warm congratulations to all award winners.

 

Energy Efficiency Council Industry Awards 2013

The Awards were presented at the Energy Efficiency Council's Annual Conference 2013 Gala Dinner on in Melbourne on 3rd December 2013.

The Awards winners were:

Best Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Project

Winner: Exery Australia and Quintessential Group
Project title: 87 Marsden Street, Parramatta NSW

Highly Commended: Sustainable Focus and SA Pathology
Project title: SA Pathology Retrofit

Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project

Winner: Minus40 and Fonterra
Project title: Fonterra Wagga Wagga Refrigeration Plant Upgrade

Highly Commended: Genesis Now
Project title: Automotive Component Manufacturer Energy Efficiency Program

Best Cogeneration or District Energy Project

Winner: Qantas and GridX Power
Project title: Qantas Mascot Trigeneration Project

Leading Energy User (a joint Energy Efficiency Council and EUAA Award)

Winner: DEXUS

Highly Commended: Australia Post

Best Demand Response Project

Winner: TransGrid and EnerNOC

Project title: Transgrid Sydney Inner Metro DR Program

Best Energy Saving Program

Joint Winners:
City of Melbourne
Project title: 1200 Buildings Program

City of Sydney
Project title: Better Buildings Partnership

Energy Efficiency Leader 2013

Geoff Andrews

 

The Energy Efficiency Council extends warm congratulations to all award winners.

Energy Efficiency Council Industry Awards 2012

The 2012 Energy Efficiency Council Industry Awards were presented at the EEC's national conference in Sydney on 5 December 2012.

The winners were:

Best Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Project

Charlestown Square - The GPT Group / TSF Engineering

Best Industrial Energy Efficiency Project

Sino Iron Project: Combined Cycle Gas Fired Power Station - CITIC Pacific Mining

Best Cogeneration Project

AGL/Qenos Altona cogeneration project - Qenos & Altona Energy Services

Best Energy Saving Program

NABERS and the CBD Program - NSW OEH / DCCEE

Special Commendation also goes to Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program - DRET

Leadership Award

Sam Burke (Victorian Greener Government Buildings Program) - Victorian DTF

 

The Energy Efficiency Council extends warm congratulations to all award winners.