07 Jun 2017

Outstanding Performance Awards

Posted in: Taking Action

Outstanding Performance Awards - celebrating environmental excellence

Recreational Services Ltd, Ricoh New Zealand, Kāpiti Coast District Council, Auckland War Memorial Museum and gardyneHOLT Ltd were the Overall Category winners at Enviro-Mark Solutions’ Outstanding Performance Awards night on Tuesday 6 June 2017.

The award winners have achieved a net reduction of 10,385 tonnes of carbon over the past year – that’s the equivalent of driving from Cape Reinga to Bluff more than 20,000 times or flying from Auckland to London more than 1300 times or burning 5000 tonnes of coal.

gardyneHOLT and Enviro-Mark Solutions staff at 2017 Outstanding Performance Awards

gardyneHOLT was the Overall winner in the Carbon Management (Small Business) category. Pictured with the Enviro-Mark Solutions team


Enviro-Mark Solutions CEO Dr Ann Smith says the awards celebrate the best of the best when it comes to carbon emissions reduction and environmental management. “The award winners have embraced the reality of the current business and consumer landscape and are reaping the benefits of their environmental programmes,” she says. “It’s not just about winning awards but reducing costs and gaining new business as well.”

Dr Smith says consumers increasingly want credibility and transparency and expect businesses to take responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products and services. “Environmental certification helps enhance brand value and stakeholder perception. All participants in environmental certification programmes can talk credibly about their achievements but the winners of these awards have some great stories to tell.”

Auckland graphic design agency gardyneHOLT was the overall winner in the Outstanding Performance in Carbon Management, Small Organisation, while Auckland War Memorial Museum took out the overall award in the Outstanding Performance in Carbon Management, Medium Organisation and Kāpiti Coast District Council won overall for Outstanding Performance in Carbon Management, Large Organisation. The overall Outstanding Performance in Carbon Product Footprint Management went to Ricoh New Zealand while Recreational Services Ltd took out the overall Outstanding Performance in Environmental Management Award.


The award winners have embraced the reality of the current business and consumer landscape and are reaping the benefits of their environmental programmes. It’s not just about winning awards but reducing costs and gaining new business as well.

Auckland Museum Director David Gaimster says sustainability has been a fundamental principle of Auckland Museum since its inception 160 years ago, and is a core objective within Future Museum, the organisation’s 20-year strategy.

“We set ambitious sustainability goals back in 2010 and were proud to have reduced our carbon emissions by 50% just three years later.  Becoming more efficient and by using renewable energy, via our solar panels on the roof, nearly 1000 tonnes of carbon emissions are no longer entering the atmosphere. It also means every dollar not spent on energy usage can be spent connecting our collections and programmes with our visitors, onsite, offsite and online.”

Recreational Services receiving the overall winner in Environmental Management award at the 2017 Outstanding Performance Awards

Recreational Services receiving the Overall winner in Environmental Management award


Another winner, Kāpiti Coast District Council is not only drastically reducing emissions but also reaping the financial benefit of managing its carbon footprint. The energy savings through one project implemented as part of its CEMARS certification have led to reduced costs of $300,000 per year.

“There are plenty of other examples of companies, in New Zealand and internationally, undertaking certification and seeing the benefits to their bottom line,” Dr Smith says.

“Globally, analysis is increasingly showing that businesses that incorporate sustainability measures are more successful financially and, internationally, business is moving towards embedding sustainability measures into business as usual.”

In New Zealand, Colmar Brunton’s Better Futures Report 2016 confirmed that sustainability is increasingly influencing purchasing behaviour across all categories. The survey found that 71% of Kiwis are willing to pay more for sustainably produced goods while 83% would stop buying products or services if providers are found to be irresponsible and unethical.

“Kiwi consumers also care about the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the Better Futures Report telling us the between 60% and 80% of Kiwis rate each of the goals as very important,” Dr Smith says.


Analysis is increasingly showing that businesses that incorporate sustainability measures are more successful financially

She says more organisations are expecting their suppliers to provide environmental credentials as part of tenders or RFPs and the recent NZX Corporate Governance Code has recommendations about reporting on environmental sustainability.

“That all adds up to an increasing consumer and business demand for environmental credentials and tonight’s award winners are excellent examples of organisations that are leading the way in that area. They are aligning with international trends and standards and are true examples of best practice.”

Ailsa Perkins celebrates Urgent Couriers’ award with Councillor Penny Hulse

Ailsa Perkins celebrates Urgent Couriers’ award with Councillor Penny Hulse


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Enviro-Mark Solutions - Outstanding Performance Award winners 2017

Outstanding Performance in Carbon Management, Small Organisation

Overall winner
  • gardyneHOLT Limited
Other category winners
  • Eco Tech Solutions Limited
  • Energy and Technical Services Limited
  • Evolu NZ Limited
  • Hall McMaster & Associates Limited
  • Lowndes
  • PaintPlus Colour Systems Limited
  • TaxiCharge New Zealand Limited
  • Warren and Mahoney Limited
  • Wishbone Design Studio Limited

Outstanding Performance in Carbon Management, Medium Organisation

Overall winner
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
Other category winners
  • Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Australia
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)
  • Holmes Consulting Group Limited
  • Soar Printing Company Limited
  • Waitaki Biosciences

Outstanding Performance in Carbon Management, Large Organisation

Overall winner
  • Kāpiti Coast District Council
Other category winners
  • University of Canterbury

Outstanding Performance in Carbon Product Footprint Management

Overall winner
  • Ricoh New Zealand Limited
Other category winners
  • The Antipodes Water Company Limited
  • Snowberry New Zealand Limited
  • Urgent Couriers Limited
  • Yealands Wine Group

Outstanding Performance in Environmental Management

Overall winner
  • Recreational Services Limited
Other category winners
  • Antarctica New Zealand
  • Bakels Edible Oils (NZ) Limited
  • Bauer Media Group (NZ) LP
  • BRANZ
  • Croxley Stationery Limited
  • Dexion Commercial
  • Five Star Paints Limited
  • Flint Group NZ Limited
  • Fonterra NZ Limited
  • Network Electrical Servicing Limited
  • NZME Print
  • Sonova (previously known as Phonak New Zealand Limited)
  • Spicers (NZ) Limited
  • Waipa Networks/Waikato Tree Services