What we do
We work to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes and businesses, and encourage the uptake of renewable energy.
- Our purpose
- Our strategic focus areas
- 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
Mobilising New Zealanders to be world leaders in clean and clever energy use.
We influence energy use across the economy with a focus on the following goals:
- Productive and low-emissions business
- Efficient and low-emissions transport
- Energy efficient homes
- Government leadership
- Engage hearts and minds
We work through a combination of direct intervention, expert advice and influence, funding for home insulation, marketing and behaviour change.
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 report on our progress through the Annual Report. We also publish a report each year on the funds used for EECA’s work on energy efficiency and use of renewable energy from levies collected in the electricity, gas, petrol and engine fuel sectors.
The Government sets our longer-term goals in the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS).
- Statement of Intent 2018-2022 [PDF 2.3MB]
- Annual Report 2017-2018 [PDF 4.8MB]
- Statement of Performance Expectations 2019-20 [PDF 4.5MB]
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
- Personal website - information about how to make energy savings at home and on the road
- 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.