As part of Westpac's CleanTech strategy, Rhys Holding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has been seconded in to provide expert advice to Westpac and its customers over the next few months.
EECA is the government agency that works to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand's homes and businesses, and encourages the uptake of renewable energy.
Westpac has been working closely with EECA over the past 18 months exploring opportunities for funding to support energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects in large industries.
Rhys will work with various teams with the bank and alongside campaigns where he will meet with customers who have a desire to become more energy efficient.
He has been with EECA since 2014 overseeing a pilot programme to re-develop EECA's engagement to very large energy users.
His key focus is to build engagement to CEO, CFO, Directors and GMs to promote large-scale energy efficiency, renewables switching and capital investment projects, in conjunction with a team of Relationship Managers.
Rhys says Westpac has been very proactive in the sustainability space and, as such, is highly regarded for its efforts, particularly with the development of the Clean Tech funding commitment and supporting initiatives such as the growth of electric vehicles in New Zealand.
“My role is to give greater impetus to the more tangible of those opportunities, leveraging the extensive relationships I have developed over the past 20 years within New Zealand industries and the service partners that support them.”
Karen Silk, sponsor and chairperson for Westpac’s Environmental Solutions working group, says having someone of Rhys’ calibre come on board is invaluable.
“Rhys’ formidable experience in this specialist sector enables us to continue to build key relationships with other industry players, and work to towards helping New Zealand become a low carbon economy.”
Rhys has previously held roles with Mighty River Power and a range of energy sector companies.