Friday, May 25, 2012 - 17:30

Matt Hastings, Energy Manager at the Eden Project, has been crowned ESTA Energy Manager of the Year at a special celebration dinner held at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, on May 22.

The award is made annually by the Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA). Other nominees this year include staff from Sainsbury’s, BT, Boots Contract Manufacturing and Northern Rail.

Matt Hastings has been the Eden Project’s Energy Manager for three years. He has overhauled many of Eden’s technical systems, and played a leading role in the planning for a proposed deep-geothermal power plant on the site.

On receiving his award, Matt said: “Ultimately, energy management is about change, turning the tanker around and flipping it on its head. I want Eden to set a standard which changes the industry.

“We have set the bar high, not in the name of social responsibility but in the name of common sense. I’m privileged to be surrounded by many amazing people who have helped along the way, without whom I would not have won this award.”

Eden’s Chief Executive, Development, Tim Smit said: “This is a wonderful accolade in which a young man of passion and conviction has driven Eden’s performance to a level which has seen him win Energy Manager of the Year in among competition of the very highest pedigree.

“We are extremely proud of him and know that for Matt this is only the first of many achievements in the coming years. How fantastic that Cornwall, the county that is making waves in a quest for a low-carbon future, should be the home of a man and a project epitomising this aspiration.”

Professor Martin Fry, Chairman of ESTA and the Chairman of the Judging Panel, said that Matt was “a great role model and example to others”. He singled out Matt’s efforts in “engaging his team and colleagues along with the surrounding area of The Eden Project in innovative projects, initiatives with potential to have an impact well beyond The Eden Project.”

The Executive Director of ESTA, Alan Aldridge, commented: “What is astonishing is the ingenuity and innovation, as well as the commitment to energy efficiency, shown by all the entrants for this award. Year after year, they are helping their organisations to cut energy, reduce costs and minimise environmental emissions.”