Efficiency champions pave way for lower energy bills

Mirvac sustainability manager office and industrial David Palin (left) receives the award for Best Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Project from Energy Efficiency Council president Tony Arnel
Mirvac sustainability manager office and industrial David Palin (left) receives the award for Best Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Project from Energy Efficiency Council president Tony Arnel

The winners of the National Energy Efficiency Industry Awards 2015 have been presented to a diverse range of businesses and governments for outstanding achievements in energy efficiency in commercial buildings, industry, SME, residential and demand response projects.

Delivered by the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), presented in partnership with the Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA) and supported by New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, the annual awards are now in its fourth year. EEC CEO Luke Menzel commended the winners for displaying outstanding innovation, performance and leadership, saying energy efficiency is the vital ‘fifth fuel’ that helps Australian businesses increase productivity, lower energy and maintenance costs, and increase competitiveness.

“For householders, improved efficiency means lower energy bills, a more comfortable home and doing our bit for the environment,” he said.

“While the excitement of the awards may fade in time, the impact of their commitment to saving energy will last for the long-term and will set their businesses apart,” EUAA CEO Phil Barresi added.

The winners included Mirvac for it’s energy efficient commercial building, Sirius, and Moreland City Council climate change technical manager Stuart Nesbitt for his contribution to the sector in trialling new technologies, championing energy efficiency implementation and driving partnerships between local and state government and the private sector.