Energy use in business
New Zealand businesses use about 367 Petajoules of energy a year, which is 73% of New Zealand's total energy consumption. This includes both standing energy and transport energy.
Managing energy better brings savings that go straight to the bottom line, helping improve productivity and competitiveness, and positioning businesses well for growth. Alongside the reduced overheads, consumers are increasingly favouring businesses that show a commitment to environmental responsibility. Investing in energy management and / or renewable energy can help boost brand value and reputation.
Our business focus
We have a particular interest in helping businesses of all sizes become more energy efficient and competitive through:
- Identifying energy management opportunities and helping businesses make the most of them by developing energy management action plans and providing grants to undertake audits
- Encouraging new or under-used technology projects that make processes more efficient
- Supporting projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Developing the wood fuel industry.
Many projects that we support are independently monitored and shared with industry via case studies, website and media articles.
Wood energy for business
Wood energy (including wood residue and by-products, and dedicated, fast growing trees, bushes and shrubs) is being increasingly recognised as a valuable source of energy for larger-scale commercial and industrial applications.
Our wood energy programme
Our wood energy programme provides information and support to businesses using and selling wood energy - thus enabling more use of the vast wood energy resource available in this country.
The Wood Energy Knowledge Centre provides tools and information for utilising wood residue as a renewable energy source.