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 for low-income home owners and tenants.
Since it began in 2009, more 300,000 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.
EECA works with a diverse range of businesses across New Zealand to help them improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. We prioritise programmes that make the biggest energy efficiency and carbon savings for New Zealand, so large energy-using businesses with high carbon emissions are our key focus.
Energy use by businesses (excluding transport) accounts for about 50% of New Zealand’s total energy use, and more than 40% of our energy-related carbon emissions.
Largest energy users
We partner with large businesses across New Zealand that spend more than $1 million a year on energy and have high carbon emissions. We work with them over the long term to make cost-effective energy savings and reduce New Zealand’s carbon emissions.
While reducing energy costs and carbon emissions, these businesses typically see increases in energy productivity, staff engagement and improved health and safety.
EECA also supports the energy management industry by working with the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ) and other training providers to improve the capability of the industry. Energy management consultants can become recognised EECA programme partners and have a key role to play in supporting large energy users to adopt good energy management practices.
Public sector agencies
We support public sector organisations to demonstrate leadership by adopting good energy management practices. Public sector agencies include central government, local government, council controlled organisations, tertiary institutes, schools and district health boards.
Energy efficiency improvements in the public sector save taxpayers and ratepayers money.
Small to medium-sized energy-using businesses
EECA influences SMEs by providing information and case studies of what can be achieved. This includes making 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.