What we do
We’re working to make New Zealand a better place to live - economically, environmentally and socially - through the better use of energy.
- Our mission
- Our governance
- Our goals and progress
- Our websites
- Our programmes
- Our funding and support
- Our research
The country could save more than $2 billion a year by making better choices about how we use energy. In addition, the things we do to improve our energy use often make us better off in other ways too – through improved health due to warmer homes, increased safety on the road, and improved productivity in business.
To help you make those choices, we provide advice, tools and information that you can trust. We also fund homeowners and businesses to invest in more efficient products and systems, and to switch to renewable energy sources.
EECA is a Crown Entity established under The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000.
The Act meant that for the first time, New Zealand had a legal basis for promoting energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy.
We are governed by a board appointed by the Minister of Energy and Resources. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is EECA’s monitoring agency, and advises the Government on energy policy.
We set out our goals for the coming 3 years in a Statement of Intent, which we report on through the Annual Report. We also publish an annual report on the funds used for electricity efficiency, appropriated through the Electricity Levy.
The Government sets our longer-term goals in the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS).
We have three main websites:
- EECA website - information about how we support and promote energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the use of renewable sources of energy in New Zealand
- ENERGYWISE website - information about how to make energy savings at home and on the road
- EECA BUSINESS website - information for your organisation about saving energy and using renewable energy sources.
We run a number of programmes to support and promote specific initiatives in energy efficiency, energy conservation and the use of renewable energy sources. This work is delivered through partnerships, with the private sector, community groups, industry associations as well as central and local government.
We offer a range of services, resources and funding to help you manage your energy spend. For many of our programmes we work through Programme Partners - businesses with the specialist, technical expertise to help you identify and implement cost-effective projects. They can also access any funding you may be eligible for.
The research we conduct and collate gives us a sound analytical basis for our work and an understanding of the results. We set standards for products and monitor their performance to help conserve New Zealand’s energy and save you money. We look for new ways to use less energy and benefit the environment.