Our programmes encourage people to be more energy efficient, reduce carbon emissions and switch to renewable energy at home, at work and on the road.
The residential sector (excluding transport) is responsible for about 11% of New Zealand’s total energy use and 7% of energy-related emissions. Improved energy efficiency helps households save on their power bills and can improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes
This programme makes homes warmer, drier and healthier through retrofitted insulation. Its current focus is rental properties occupied by low-income tenants.
Since it began in 2009, more than 290,600 homes have been insulated directly with the assistance of EECA funding (Annual Report June 2015/16).
The Energy Spot series of TV advertisements is EECA’s most effective awareness-raising tool. They cover a range of consumer topics including power saving, water heating, appliances, vehicles, efficient driving and tyre pressure.
In 2015/16, the Energy Spot reached 69% of New Zealanders, and 37% of viewers were inspired to take 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.
Product standards and labelling
We regulate energy efficiency standards and labelling for products and appliances such as fridges, washing machines, dryers and computer equipment. This means that the worst-performing products are kept out of the New Zealand market, and that you can compare products by looking at the energy labels.
Businesses in New Zealand account for about 50% of New Zealand’s total energy use, and produce more than 40% of New Zealand’s energy-related carbon emissions.
EECA works with a diverse range of businesses all across New Zealand. We take different approaches to help them with energy management, based on their scale of energy use.
Largest energy users
EECA account managers work closely with large businesses and organisations across New Zealand to find long-term solutions to their energy management challenges. They help staff to understand how improved energy management can add value across the whole business. While saving energy and reducing carbon emissions, businesses also save money and typically see increases in productivity, staff engagement and improved health and safety.
Medium-sized energy-using businesses
EECA account managers work with these businesses directly and through approved energy management experts to deliver advice such as energy management planning, energy audits, energy monitoring and targeting programmes, and initiatives to optimise energy systems.
Medium-to-small energy-using businesses
We provide practical energy management advice by working with industry associations and making tools, calculators and information easily available on the EECA Business website.
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 40% of our energy-related carbon emissions and about 17% of our greenhouse gas emissions.
Electric vehicles programme
The Government’s Electric Vehicles Programme aims to double the number of electric vehicles on New Zealand roads every year until they make up 2% of our fleet (64,000 cars by 2021). As part of the package, EECA is running a Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, and delivering an EV information and promotion campaign.
Vehicle fuel economy labels
We administer the vehicle fuel economy label, which helps people make informed decisions about the vehicles they buy.