Artificial Intelligence, Space Energy and Community Engagement

Artificial Intelligence, Space Energy and Community Engagement

News from CEO – Mike Hopkins     

Firstly, a reminder we have networking events next week, in Wellington on Monday and Auckland on Wednesday. Christchurch follows the Monday after. We’ve had lots of registrations so far and are expecting plenty of new faces. Please come along and please register (below) so that you get a name badge and we can get the catering right.
Also next week, we have the online carbon inventory and opportunities training courses. They are being offered at special introductory rates so if you like a bargain, register (below) today.
Artificial Intelligence will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 16% over the next three to five years. That’s the conclusion of CapGemini’s research into the sector. They surveyed 400 organisations and found nearly half (48%) are already using AI in some form for climate action. On average, since 2017 these organisations are attributing reduced emissions of 12.9%, improved power efficiency of 10.9% and reduced waste of 11.7% to the systems. Respondent bias is acknowledged in the survey, though, with the report suggesting only 13% of organisations globally are currently combining climate vision with AI capability.
Congratulations to Auckland Council for again making CDP’s A-list of cities for taking environmental action. The list has dipped to 88 in 2020, down from 105 in 2019. Wellington Council was, unfortunately, one of the cities to drop off this year.
All our cities (and read cities quite loosely, there is no population threshold specified) have an opportunity to boost community engagement, promote local solutions for climate change problems and be recognised for innovation in addressing climate change. Entry is now open to join the Climate Smart Cities Challenge, run by Nesta Challenges. There’s an online workshop on 2 December at 3am (unfortunately) or you can find out more about the scheme here. We’re interested in becoming involved, so if you do decide to sign up, please let us know and we’ll see how we might be able to help.
Transformation is in the air (pun intended) for the wind energy industry with the development of a new thermoplastic resin for the manufacture of turbine blades announced this week. Scientists from the US’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have developed the material which they claim cuts manufacturing costs by 5% and is lighter than current blades. Crucially, the thermoplastic blades can be melted and recycled at the end of their useful life, unlike the thermoset resin blades currently being manufactured which will end up in landfill. The US team seems to have beaten the French based consortium announced a few months ago to a workable solution on using recyclable thermoplastics for turbine blades.
Finally this week, science fact moves ever closer to science fiction. The UK Government has recently announced research into harvesting energy from space. The study will investigate the feasibility of building large scale solar satellites in space and converting the energy into radio waves for beaming down to ground based receptors connected to the electricity grid. Crucially of course, the sun doesn’t set in space nor would weather impact production as it does for ground based solar. The idea isn’t new, first appearing in the writings of Isaac Asimov in 1941.
Have a great and safe weekend.
Mike and the team

CEP Networking Events
CEP is holding its pre-Christmas networking, drinks and nibbles and invite you to come along and:
  • Catch up with friends and peers you may not have seen for a while;
  • Meet new people – we’re inviting Sustainability Society and Young Energy Professionals to join us;
  • Bring a friend;
  • The food’s good and a wide range of drinks is on offer; and
  • It’s free.
This is an invitation only event, all members are invited to bring a non member with them.  All attendees must register, please use the link below.  Please include:
  • Full name;
  • Company name;
  • Job title;
  • Mobile number; and
  • Dietary requirements, eg gluten free, vegetarian, etc.

Wellington Networking Event 
Date: Monday, 23 November 2020
Venue: The Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave Street, Wellington
RVSP By: 5pm, Thursday, 19 November      

Auckland Networking Event 
Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Venue: Brew on Quay, 102 Quay Street, Auckland Central
RSVP By: 3pm, Friday, 13 November      

Christchurch Networking Event 
Date: Monday, 30 November 2020
Venue: Dux Central, 6 Poplar Street, Christchurch
RSVP By: 5pm, Tuesday, 24 November

Industry Events

The Sustainability Society (TSS) Invitation
TSS are hosting concurrent Green Drinks from 5.30pm in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on the 26th November to align with the Carbon Transition Conference being held that day and have extended an invitation to CEP members to come along if you are interested in hearing the outcomes from that forum.
Details and registration for all three can be found here:


Decarbonising Heat Conference
Pathways to the decarbonisation of heating and industrial process heat.
MC: Mike Hopkins (CEO, CEP)
Dates: 8 & 9 December 2020
Location: Ellerslie Events Centre, Auckland
Discounts for CEP Members Apply – Find out more …

Upcoming Events

Check out CEP Training courses, CEP Webinars and other Industry related events – coming up.

Energy Globe Awards 2021

The Energy Globe team knows that there are amazing projects in your network which are saving our environment. Sometimes small projects have enormous effects for our life, developed by creative and innovative people and entrepreneurs. And all of these sustainable projects are presented by Energy Globe at a national and global level, motivating people to act for a livable future.
Therefore, we ask and invite you to present your sustainable project in the Energy Globe Award. All projects take part in the national Energy Globe Award in your country and also in the Energy Globe World Award. Today, submissions from more than 180 nations take part and show the solutions for our future. And we are very proud of being the most important award for sustainability worldwide.
All projects that improve the situation of our environment can be submitted, also campaigns for sustainable awareness. The categories are the elements of life: earth, fire, air and water and youth, representing our future.
We are very much looking forward to your submission that shows how we can save our environment. No project is too small – no project is too big.
All details for participation are available at: 
New deadline for submission: 9 December 2020!  Participation is free of charge!

Tender Opportunities

Onehunga High School – refurbishment of 5 Relocatables
Ref 23538589
Building and Facility Construction and Maintenance Services

Complete reclad and interior refurbishment of 5 relocatables, including the following:

  • New flooring: carpet and vinyl
  • New weatherboard and exterior cladding
  • New decking to exterior
  • New aluminium window joinery
  • New roof, gutters, downpipes and flashings
  • New heat pumps
  • New insulation and wall linings
  • New autex and interior fittings and fixtures
  • Reinforcement of existing building structure

Close Date: Monday, 2 December 2020 5:00PM

Electricity Distribution Network – Outage Management System – Consultancy Services
Ref 23653816
We are seeking an experienced consultant who can help us propose a future operational state which has the OMS informing our customers and ourselves of planned and unplanned outages as well as helping us monitor and continually improve our outage performance.
The scope of services and deliverables are outlined fully in the RFP Document.
Close Date: Wednesday, 9 December 2020 12:00PM

Simson Park Rugby and League Field Lighting Upgrade
Ref 23649054
The project scope includes design, supply and installation of lighting infrastructure (luminaires, poles, cross arms, mounting hardware, power supply cabling and control system).  Investigate existing main power supply and upgrade/modify as required to provide power to the new floodlighting installation, this work may include specific network design required to upgrade the main power supply.

  • Design, supply and installation of all cabling (mains cabling and supply cables to each floodlighting pole).
  • For each sport field; supply and installation of 6 floodlighting poles and 2 LED luminaires per pole.
  • The LED luminaires shall be EWO R4 (Gen 3 EP09) LED Floodlights (or equal) with optics and wattages as specified on the drawings.
  • All new poles shall be Spunlite (or equal) hot dip galvanised tapered octagonal steel ground planted floodlighting poles complete with horizontal cross arms complying with the performance and durability requirements of NZTA M26.
  • Design, supply and installation of floodlighting control system (control panel and all sundry items).

Close Date: Wednesday, 9 December 2020 5:00PM

MFAT Climate Change Programme
Ref 23619639
MFAT has initiated a Climate Change Programme (CCP) as part of its commitment to support countries to respond to climate change. The CCP has a significant focus on the Pacific region and on adaptation. MFAT now seeks to procure Services to better understand Pacific current and future exposure and vulnerability to fast- and slow-onset disasters resulting from the environmental impacts of climate change.
These Services will contribute to two components of the CCP that involve: increasing resilience to water-related emergencies; and increasing our understanding of vulnerability to climate change-related human mobility.
The Services will:
undertake a comprehensive collation and review of existing information on Pacific vulnerability to the impacts of climate change (including impacts of past events) relating to droughts, floods, coastal inundation, salinization, cyclones and heat stress, and identify data gaps;
collate and assess information on Pacific assets, including people (population and demography), infrastructure, economic and culturally important locations etc, to better understand potential damage and losses; and
assess this information to identify the geographies within the Pacific that are particularly vulnerable to current and future impacts of climate change.
be desk-based.
Close Date :Friday, 11 December 2020 12:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+13:00)

Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry (Round 1)
Ref 23600012
The Government investment in Decarbonising Industry (GIDI) Fund is a partnership between Government and business to accelerate emission reductions from process heat used in industry by supporting energy efficiency, and fuel switching projects (e.g. from fossil fuels like coal to biomass or electricity). As part of the Government’s COVID-19 response and recovery, investments in decarbonisation projects also aim to stimulate the domestic economy, and support employment.
$69m of capital grants co-funding will be available via a contestable RFP process administered by EECA. There will be a minimum of three rounds, with subsequent rounds running until the whole fund is committed.  All projects approved for Government co-funding will have to be completed before 30 June 2023.
RFP Round 1 is now open, and EECA are seeking proposals that meet the investment focus of “Decarbonising industrial processes and process heat through energy efficiency, technology innovation, and fuel switching.
Close Date: Monday, 14 December 2020 12:00PM

Advance Notice – Improving Classrooms in Small or Remote Schools Programme

Ref 22500892
This notice is to inform suppliers that the Ministry will be embarking on a programme to improve the internal environments of almost 600 state schools that are small or remote. The programme is expected to take up to four years to complete. Inclusion definitions are:
Schools that have four or less entitled* teaching spaces (about 100 students)
Schools that have an isolation index* of 2.0 or higher on the Ministry’s Isolation Index
The improvements will enhance aspects of the learning environment associated with fitness for purpose, operational efficiency and condition. The improvements are: LEDs, acoustic panels, thermal blankets and residual current devices (RCDs) for electrical safety.
Close Date :Thursday, 31 December 2020 5:00 PM

Advance Notice – Replace light fittings in Mcindoe
Ref 22500892
Please note that this is a ‘Future Procurement Opportunity’ and its sole purpose is to inform the market about opportunities that may be coming up over the next 12 months. We would ask that suppliers refrain from contacting individuals within CMDHB for additional information on this project as it is likely to be published on GETS as an open process. As no detailed planning has yet been undertaken for this, we do not have any additional information.
All dates are indicative and subject to change.
Close Date: Q4 2020 (tbc) 

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