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ChargeNet NZ finalist story

1 Nov 2016

ChargeNet NZ’s primary goal is to promote and accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is a market leader in electric vehicle infrastructure, installing a nationwide network of DC fast charging stations.


    

Air New Zealand finalist story

1 Nov 2016

In September 2015, Air New Zealand launched a sustainability framework that outlined the airline’s commitment to supercharge New Zealand’s success socially, economically and environmentally.


    

Christchurch Bike Share

31 Oct 2016

Christchurch Bike Share, known now as ‘Spark Bikes’, is a public bike share system in Christchurch.


    

Auckland Transport finalist story

31 Oct 2016

The Auckland Bike Challenge, run by Auckland Transport, was the first workplace cycle challenge for Auckland businesses. The aim was to get as many people riding a bike ‘anytime, anywhere’ during the month of February 2016.


    

Spark NZ

31 Oct 2016

Spark Plugs is turning old Spark telephone boxes into electric vehicle (EV) chargers. This allows EV owners to ‘top up’ their car and combat ‘range anxiety’ – the fear they won’t be able to reach their destination.


    

solarcity finalist story

31 Oct 2016

solarcity is the first company in New Zealand to offer residential consumers an affordable battery storage and solar photovoltaic (PV) solution through its solarZero+ energy service, launched in early 2016.


    

Scion

31 Oct 2016

Scion has used sustainable chemistry principles to develop 100% bio-based adhesive systems for interior engineered wood panel products.


    

NZ Bus

31 Oct 2016

With a largely diesel-heavy fleet and electric vehicle technology developing rapidly, NZ Bus needed to act quickly to be in a position to best meet the needs of future public transport users.


    

Flick Electric Co

31 Oct 2016

Flick gives electricity consumers the ability to choose the price they want to pay for the electricity they want to use. It provides access to the wholesale cost of generation and local distribution.


    

Ecotricity finalist story - mega efficiency innovation category

18 Oct 2016

Ecotricity is the only supplier of carboNZero certified electricity in New Zealand and the only electricity retailer whose vehicle fleet is 100% electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.


    

Ecotricity finalist story

4 Oct 2016

Ecotricity is the only supplier of carboNZero certified electricity in New Zealand, sourcing from 100% renewable non-thermal generation including wind, hydro and solar.


    

Green Cabs

19 Sep 2016

Green Cabs was one of the first taxi companies in New Zealand to introduce hybrid vehicles into the fleet. For nearly ten years it has shown commitment to minimising its environmental impact while delivering affordable, quality service.


    

Better NZ Trust

19 Sep 2016

The Better NZ Trust has been #LeadingTheCharge since January 2015. With a vision to create environmental, financial and health benefits for all New Zealanders, it educates and helps the adoption of zero carbon renewable energy technologies.


    

Steve Ellingford (Bayfair Shopping Centre)

19 Sep 2016

Steve is centre manager at Bayfair Shopping Centre, the largest in the Bay of Plenty. He is well aware of the centre’s environmental impact and is passionate about ensuring it has the smallest carbon footprint possible.


    

Brian Cox (Bioenergy Association of NZ)

19 Sep 2016

Brian Cox is a proactive and enthusiastic leader of renewable energy solutions. He was a founding member of the Bioenergy Association of NZ in 2000 and has been Executive Officer since 2005.


    

Barry Coates (Green Party, formerly Oxfam and The University of Auckland)

19 Sep 2016

Barry is an expert on a wide range of sustainability issues. A man of huge integrity, he is described as ‘walking the talk’, living a low impact life and leading the way for others to do the same.


    

solarcity – enabling solar power through new service models

12 Nov 2015

One of the biggest barriers to solar power is the installation cost of the equipment. The solarZero plan removes that cost through solarcity paying for installation and insurance on solar panels, so homeowners pay little to no money upfront.


    

Fulton Hogan and Reid Technology – sustainably solving power supply issues

12 Nov 2015

Fulton Hogan runs a state of the art laboratory to undertake research and monitor product and materials quality.


    

DB Breweries & Gull New Zealand – innovation in biofuel

12 Nov 2015

In July, New Zealanders became the first in the world to power their cars with commercially-available biofuel made from a by-product of beer.


    

Christchurch Bike Share – Spark Bikes: crowdfunding bike sharing

12 Nov 2015

The ChchBikeshare project, launched in August 2015, is the first large-scale successfully crowdfunded bikeshare scheme in New Zealand and the second of its kind in the world.


    

Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust – creating a community wind farm

12 Nov 2015

Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust engages with local residents to find sustainable climate change solutions. In 2009 the Trust partnered with the Ākina Foundation to create the Blueskin Wind Cluster Project.


    

Abodo Wood – sustainable timber innovation

12 Nov 2015

Typical timber exteriors are unsustainably sourced and are chemically treated with toxic preservatives. Their life cycle tends to be limited and usually preservative-treated timbers need to go to landfill for disposal.


    

Kiwi Property Group – integrating sustainable design in shopping centres

12 Nov 2015

Kiwi Property Group is one of the leading property investment companies in New Zealand. It owns six shopping centres, two large format retail centres (one currently under development at Westgate) and five commercial buildings.


    

Gull New Zealand and DB Breweries - powering cars from beer

12 Nov 2015

In July, New Zealanders became the first in the world to power their cars with commercially-available biofuel made from a by-product of beer.


    

Central Wood Recyclers – from logging waste to biomass fuel

12 Nov 2015

Central Wood Recyclers is a New Zealand-owned land-clearing company that recycles waste biomass from logging – waste that is usually left to rot or taken to landfill.


    

The Smart Hot Water Company

10 Nov 2015

The Smart Hot Water Controller is an innovative device that can be attached to any hot water cylinder to only heat the water required and save the household money.


    

Damon Birchfield – leading by example

27 Oct 2015

Damon Birchfield is CEO of EcoMatters Environment Trust, a not-for-profit trust whose purpose is to connect people and the environment and to nurture kaitiakitanga (guardianship).


    

Steve West – driving technology and collaboration

27 Oct 2015

Steve is an innovator and inventor who is well versed in creating and championing disruptive technology solutions.


    

Viv Heslop – creating a sustainable mind-set

27 Oct 2015

Viv, most recently through her work as sustainability manager for the Wynyard Quarter urban regeneration project, is committed to delivering sustainable urban developments and creating a shift to a sustainable mind-set.


    

Louise Baker – leading travel demand management

27 Oct 2015

Self-proclaimed eco-warrior, Louise Baker, Principal Transport Consultant at Opus International Consultants, has been striving to make NZ more sustainable for over 10 years.  Through her role at Opus, she consults on travel demand management projects


    

Dorothy Wilson – a lifetime legacy of sustainability

27 Oct 2015

An educator, author and leader in sustainability, Dorothy has been promoting, developing and facilitating sustainability for 30 years with a record for creating long-lasting change.


    

DB Breweries: reporting on sustainability success

20 Oct 2015

DB Breweries has long been committed to embedding sustainability across its business. In 2015 the company formalised its sustainability journey by producing its inaugural GRI-based sustainability report.


    

Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool: reporting sustainability

20 Oct 2015

Trevelyan’s is a family-owned business in Te Puke that provides packing and cool storage for kiwifruit and avocados.  In April 2015 the company released its first sustainability report to showcase the success of its sustainability framework.


    

Sustainability Options: advocating sustainability

20 Oct 2015

Sustainability Options advocates and promotes options for sustainability by sharing its knowledge through a free, personalised and independent service. It gives presentations to businesses, schools, councils, iwi, community groups and individuals.


    

Generation Zero: Creating a sustainable future through digital communications

20 Oct 2015

Generation Zero, a youth-led organisation, was founded to provide solutions for New Zealand to cut carbon pollution through smarter transport, liveable cities and independence from fossil fuels.


    

Tread Lightly Caravan: children as champions of change

20 Oct 2015

The Tread Lightly Caravan is a mobile exhibition/classroom established by the Urban Ecoliving Charitable Trust to inspire 8-12 year old New Zealanders to live more sustainably.


    

Colmar Brunton: Better Business, Better Future

20 Oct 2015

Market research leader Colmar Brunton has operated in NZ for over 30 years. Its vision is ‘Better Business, Better Future’ and for the last seven years it has funded research into consumers’ changing attitudes and behaviours in sustainability.


    

Bayfair Shopping Centre: saving power and money

11 Dec 2014

Bayfair Shopping Centre has reduced its environmental impact using an effective energy management system.


    

Innovative financing enables solar installation at Yealands winery

11 Dec 2014

PowerSmart Solar is collaborating with Yealands Wine Estate in an agreement that allows Yealands to have all the benefits of a solar electricity system without the initial upfront capital investment.


    

Results look sunny for a solar powered future

11 Dec 2014

Sunergise International is harnessing the power of technology to track the benefits of installing solar, with a new app which measures the performance of solar installations.


    

A shopping mall powered by solar energy

11 Dec 2014

PowerSmart Solar has developed a highly innovative Grid-tied Solar System to power a community mall in Whangarei.


    

Smart Energy Challenge helping to reduce energy use in Wellington

11 Dec 2014

Wellington City Council teamed up with some of Wellington's brightest social entrepreneurs from Enspiral, Generation Zero and PledgeMe, to bring local Smart Energy projects to life. 


    

Generation Zero: communicating change effectively

11 Dec 2014

The Congestion Free Network Campaign, a collaboration between Generation Zero, TransportBlog and the Campaign for Better Transport, was aimed at communicating a more efficient, cost effective and sustainable transport vision for Auckland.


    

Energy Alternatives NZ gets the Matakana green light

4 Nov 2014

A new housing development in Matakana has stipulated that all new houses are required to incorporate solar power in their homes. We talk to Energy Alternatives about how they got involved with the project.


    

Electric bikes: power through stealth environmentalism

19 Dec 2013

The Electric Bike Hub’s bikes are no ordinary two-wheelers. While the eZee electric bike looks and feels like an everyday bike, it contains a removable, rechargeable battery that makes those steep hill climbs or long trips that much easier.


    

GoodSense: leading green marketing

19 Dec 2013

GoodSense is a marketing firm with a speciality in “green marketing”. It is particularly focussed on increasing public literacy around “greenwashing” and, in doing so, seeks to encourage companies to use best practice “green marketing”.


    

Reid Technology: powering Tonga with solar

19 Dec 2013

It’s been just over a year since the Maama Mai Solar Farm in Nuku’alofa was commissioned – designed, supplied and installed by Reid Technology – and already it’s one of the three largest solar farms in the Pacific region.


    

Kiwibank’s green finance: Sustainable Energy Loans

19 Dec 2013

One of the major barriers to uptake of renewable energy in homes is the high initial cost. To address this, Kiwibank initiated a Sustainable Energy Loan programme, which provides $2,000 towards the cost of a renewable energy system over four years.


    

Switching to solar with Vector

19 Dec 2013

The ethos underpinning Vector’s Home Solar Pilot Programme is “forget what you think you know about solar”. Vector asked consumers what they perceived to be the obstacles to adopting solar power, and has created a programme to address these concerns.


    

Progressive Group: Converting forest waste into biomass

19 Dec 2013

The innovative WoodWeta machine, created by Progressive Group, can recover unused forest residue and process it efficiency into biomass – which can be used as fuel for pulp and paper mills, coarse mulch or over-wintering pads for stock.


    

Yealands Estate Wines

17 Nov 2013

Yealands Estate is creating a 21st-century template for sustainable winemaking, with initiatives across all stages of the business – from the vineyard, to the winery, to distribution and marketing – to ensure and enhance sustainability.

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