17 Dec 2018
By Wright Communications
Emirates Team New Zealand has chosen Genesis as its Official Energy Partner and sole provider of electrical, gas and solar power for its Auckland base. The partnership is set to benefit New Zealand schools through the Genesis School-gen programme by inspiring the next generation of kiwi kids into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
“Both Emirates Team New Zealand and Genesis are focussed on pushing the boundaries when it comes to technical innovations,” said Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand. “Behind the scenes, we both rely on engineers, scientists and designers, who are the unsung heroes powering New Zealand homes and our America’s Cup boats.”
Genesis and Emirates Team New Zealand will work together to introduce new STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) resources and activities for schools in the lead-up to the Cup’s Defence. Members of Emirates Team New Zealand and the Genesis School-gen team will tour schools with the America’s Cup to inspire future STEM leaders and innovators.
“We’re thrilled that partnering with Emirates Team New Zealand gives us the opportunity to provide schools with access to learning opportunities that come with being part of the America’s Cup’s Defence,” said Marc England, CEO of Genesis.
“While Emirates Team New Zealand sailors are the focus of the team on the water, they rely on engineers, scientists and boat builders to ensure their boat is the best on the water. STEM subjects can be incredibly exciting and we want to show kids that technology coupled with creative minds can make things happen,” said Marc.
The Emirates Team New Zealand base on Halsey St will be renamed “The Emirates Team New Zealand Base – powered by Genesis”.
The official contract signing and unveiling of the Genesis sign by Marc England and Grant Dalton will take place on December 17th at 5pm at the Emirates Team New Zealand Base.
“This partnership is a celebration for our customers, our staff and for the thousands of children who will get to see the America’s Cup in person and be inspired by all that this team has already achieved,” said Marc.
Sustainability is a joint focus of Genesis and Emirates Team New Zealand, with both organisations committed to reducing their carbon emissions and environmental impacts. As part of this partnership Genesis will provide Emirates Team New Zealand with an innovative and sustainable energy solution for its base.
“We’re passionate about sustainability and helping New Zealand transition to a low carbon future – which is why we launched our new Sustainability Framework earlier this year. We are committed to playing our role, and want to work with partners and customers to help them make sustainable choices,” said Marc. “We’re excited to support Emirates Team New Zealand in achieving its sustainability goals.”
Genesis is repeating its role as chosen power provider following its initial sponsorship of Team New Zealand during the 2003 Defence of the America’s Cup in Auckland.
Emirates Team New Zealand is currently designing its first 75-foot foiling monohull, employing over 70 engineers, designers boat builders and sailors.
Emirates Team New Zealand has a long history of innovation in boat building and its design and technical modifications were crucial to winning the America's Cup in Bermuda in 2017.
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