In a glittering ceremony which took place in the Auckland War Memorial Museum last night, Community Energy Action won EECA's Christchurch Energy Champion Award. The EECA awards celebrate organisations and individual who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in energy efficiency or renewable energy projects. It commends leadership and contribution towards a brighter energy future for New Zealand and is held every two years.
The EECA Awards saw 150 entries over 10 categories, with 35 nominated finalists.
Community Energy Action's Chief Executive Caroline Shone said in a reaction to the win: "I'm absolutely thrilled that we have been recognised, it's a credit to the staff and the organisations who fund us."
"We are very proud to have won as a small community organisation among all these much larger, commercial companies. We are grateful that EECA has recognised our efforts in the community in the last twenty years working with the less fortunate and vulnerable to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and the health of its inhabitants.
EECA described Community Energy Action as a well established community champion of healthy homes, who over the last few years have "ramped" up its efforts after the earthquake.
The judges said "Community Energy Action's work shows energy, initiative and a longstanding genuine determination to tackle fuel poverty and see people living in more energy efficient homes. CEA rose to the occasion after the earthquakes of 2011 and continued their work regardless."
Ms Shone says: "We know we have a great deal to do in Canterbury, there are still a large number of vulnerable in our community who need our help. Fuel poverty is a major problem, but with the continued support of our partners including EECA, Community Energy Action, its trustees, supporters and staff, are determined to continue the work we have been doing, how ever long it takes".