What we do
We work to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes and businesses, and encourage the uptake of renewable energy.
- Our mission
- Our work
- How we make a difference
- Our governance
- Our goals and progress
- Our websites
- Our programmes
- Our levy funding
- Funding and support offered by EECA
- Our research
We are working to make New Zealand a better place to live – economically, environmentally and socially – through the better use of energy.
We influence energy use across the economy by working towards:
- warm, dry and energy efficient homes
- efficient, safe and low carbon transport
- efficient, competitive and low carbon business.
We work through a combination of direct intervention, such as funding for home insulation, and influence, such as marketing, behaviour change and expert advice.
EECA’s work helps to unlock many benefits for New Zealand, such as:
- Reducing carbon emissions, to support New Zealand’s climate change commitments
- Improving business productivity and competitiveness
- Improving people’s health due to warmer, drier homes
- Saving people money by helping them be more efficient at home and on the road
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.
Our monitoring agency is the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), which advises the Government on energy policy.
We publish our goals for the medium term in a Statement of Intent and track our progress 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).
- Statement of Intent - 2014-2018 [PDF 225KB]
- Annual Report 2015-2016 [PDF 6.9MB]
- Statement of Performance Expectations 2016-2017 [PDF 335KB]
- New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS) [PDF 1.8MB]
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 programmes in the residential, business and transport sectors that support energy efficiency, carbon emissions reduction and the use of renewable energy sources.
We actively look to other jurisdictions for effective ideas and conduct research to predict their success in a New Zealand context. We trial programmes, measure results and review our approach to ensure we are using our resources effectively.
The Crown recovers some of EECA’s funding through a levy on electricity industry participants (generators, wholesalers, distributors and retailers) to fund electricity efficiency improvements. In 2017/18, the Crown also intends to recover funding through the Petroleum or Engine Fuels Monitoring Levy (PEFML) and the gas levy.
EECA uses levy funding to run programmes directly linked to the source of funding. For example, in 2015/16, electricity efficiency levy funds were used for our efficient products programme and business programmes targeting electricity efficiency.
EECA carries out an annual consultation process to ask stakeholders and the public for their views about the levy.
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]
Some of our programmes offer funding, services and resources to support energy management in homes, businesses and on the road.
We conduct and collate research to build a sound analytical basis for our work. 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.