Our goals and progress
Under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, EECA is charged with promoting energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy. We invest in initiatives to do so where there is a net national benefit to New Zealand. This means that before we start, we must establish that our activities will make New Zealand and New Zealanders better off – at a value that is more than the cost of our investment.
- Corporate documents
- In the residential sector
- In the business sector
- In the transport sector
- Through the regulation of products
- Through the use of the electricity levy
- Through programmes specifically aimed at reducing carbon
- By working with partners
EECA publishes a range of corporate and strategic documents including Annual Reports and Statements of Intent.
EECA’s goal is for more New Zealanders to have warm, dry and more energy efficient homes. Since 2008, EECA has administered the Warm Up New Zealand programmes to insulate homes. To date, more than 292,000 homes have been insulated (June 2016). EECA estimates that there are around 600,000 houses with inadequate insulation still remaining in New Zealand.
EECA’s largest programme by far, the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart insulation scheme, had a substantial piece of cost benefit analysis conducted.
The Energy Spot
The Energy Spot television series is EECA’s most effective awareness-raising tool. This series covers a range of consumer topics including power saving, water heating, appliances, vehicles, efficient driving and tyre pressure.
In 2013/14, the Energy Spot reached 62% of New Zealanders, and 39% of viewers said they took action as a result, with actions taken ranging from turning off appliances and lights when not in use, to installing energy efficient light bulbs or draught stopping in winter.
The RightLight information campaign has been running since 2009 and encourages households to choose more energy efficient lighting, such as CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) or LEDs.
In the period April 2013-March 2014 nearly one in four bulbs sold in supermarkets were energy efficient – saving households money and reducing energy waste.
Businesses in New Zealand use 50% of overall energy, and produce more than 40% of New Zealand’s energy-related carbon emissions.
EECA works to improve business energy use by:
- Improving energy awareness
- Improving industrial and commercial energy efficiency
- Improving the efficiency of business products
- Encouraging greater use of renewable energy resources
A major focus for EECA is the top 200 largest energy-using organisations, which use approximately 70% of all the energy used in the business sector. A number of these have now signed long term energy management partnerships with EECA, including AFFCO, Auckland International Airport, Downer, Goodman Fielder, Fulton Hogan, Orora Packaging, Talleys, Fonterra, the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter, and ANZCO.
Transport accounts for almost 40% of New Zealand’s energy use. With almost 100% of vehicles fossil-fuelled, the sector is responsible for more than 50% of New Zealand’s energy-related carbon emissions (about 20% of New Zealand’s total).
EECA works to improve transport energy use by:
- Providing vehicle fuel economy information, to inform vehicle purchase decisions
- Running programmes to help heavy vehicle fleets reduce fuel use
- Promoting fuel efficient tyres, and encouraging motorists to regularly check tyre pressure
- Encouraging the use of biofuels
- Looking for ways to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles
EECA’s products programme provides information about the efficiency of products to consumers and regulates some products.
Twenty four product categories are currently regulated for energy efficiency, including household appliances (such as refrigerators and televisions), and commercial and industrial equipment (such as commercial lighting and electric motors).
Products sold subject to regulation and under the ENERGY STAR programme have saved New Zealanders 18 PJ of energy worth $450 million in total since the programme began. [data correct as at 31 March 2014].
The E3 and ENERGY STAR programmes have proven highly cost-effective, delivering these savings at a total cost to EECA of $21 million since the programme began.
The costs and benefits of regulating each product class – such as fridges, and heat pumps – are established in detailed regulatory impact statements.
In 2014, the Minister of Energy Simon Bridges announced four new projects to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector, save costs and improve productivity.
EECA is working with meat and dairy plant operators - the biggest users of industrial heat - to identify efficiency opportunities such as improvements to heat recovery processes, boiler tuning and, where economic, fuel switching (e.g. from coal to wood).
The Government will spend $750,000 over two years with industry expected to match or better this funding. The initiative is expected to deliver up to $700,000 dollars’ worth of energy savings per year, and reduce carbon emissions by 7,000 tonnes per year.
The heavy vehicle sector consumes approximately 20% of all transport energy - about one billion litres of diesel per annum – and there is potential for fleet operators to save up to 15% of their fuel use.
The Government committed $1.1 million to double EECA’s Heavy Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Programme to reach an additional 150 small to medium sized vehicle fleets over three years.
The programme is expected to deliver around $1.2 million of diesel savings a year, and reduce carbon emissions by approximately 7,500 tonnes a year.
Fuel efficient tyres initiative
Private vehicles are responsible for about 10% of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. With over three million cars on our roads, increased uptake of fuel efficient tyres represents a significant opportunity to reduce emissions at a national level.
EECA will work in partnership with the tyre industry to run an information campaign to increase consumer awareness and uptake of fuel efficient tyres.
The Government will spend $2 million over two years. The initiative is expected to save approximately 2.5 million litres of fuel each year, and reduce carbon emissions by approximately 6000 tonnes a year.
Wood Energy South is a joint initiative between EECA and Venture Southland to partner with local businesses, schools and healthcare facilities to help them convert to cleaner, renewable wood burning technology.
The Government is investing $1.5 million into the project over three years, with private investment expected to better this funding.
Wood energy is renewable and can be a cost-effective alternative to coal. Wood Energy South is expected to save 8,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to taking 2,500 cars off the road.
EECA’s electricity efficiency work is funded through the Electricity Levy, a levy of all electricity users, which also funds the Electricity Authority (EA).
EECA consults on its use of the levy each year, alongside the EA, and at the same time publishes an annual report on its use of the levy funding for the previous year.
Energy Link study 2015
This independent report models the future impact of EECA’s electricity efficiency programmes on wholesale electricity prices. A new approach to the analysis found the modelled carbon mitigation impact of EECA programmes from 2016/17 onwards was significantly higher (180,000 tonnes p.a.) than EECA’s historical estimates (56,00 tonnes p.a.).
New Zealand Electric Energy Efficiency Potential Study
Opportunities for electricity savings in New Zealand are identified through a number of means. This study by KEMA in 2007 looked at the electric energy efficiency potential in New Zealand's residential, commercial and industrial sectors.
- New Zealand Electric Energy Efficiency Potential Study - summary of report [PDF 11KB]
- New Zealand Electric Energy Efficiency Potential Study - Volume 1, main report [PDF 674KB]
- New Zealand Electric Energy Efficiency Potential Study - Volume 2, technical appendices [PDF 1MB]
- New Zealand Electric Energy Efficiency Potential Study - presentation [PDF 324KB]
EECA has a long track record of working constructively with a range of partners in the public and private sector.
- Insulation retrofits delivered through Warm Up New Zealand are part-funded from charities, trusts, DHBs, and service providers. In 2013/14 this funding was worth $28 million.
- EECA develops energy efficiency regulation through its participation in the trans-Tasman Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Programme. By working with Australia and basing regulation on international standards, we minimise cost to the Government and industry and raise the energy efficiency of products supplied to the New Zealand market.
- EECA works with the New Zealand Green Building Council to deliver the NABERSNZ rating scheme for commercial buildings.