Productive and low-emissions business
Mobilising decision makers and technical experts to accelerate action.
We have a big opportunity to reduce New Zealand’s emissions and save businesses money by helping them find cost-effective energy savings. Process heat – used in industry and manufacturing – is New Zealand’s second biggest opportunity to reduce emissions after transport. About half of New Zealand’s process heat demand comes from burning coal or oil.
Efficient and low-emissions transport
Switching the fleet to low-emissions technology while ensuring fossil-fuelled vehicles are as efficient as possible.
We estimate New Zealand could reduce carbon emissions by 1.6-4.3 million tonnes by 2035 as a result of an increased uptake of petrol hybrid and electric vehicles. Meeting our transport needs with sustainable energy will reduce emissions and our dependence on imported fuel – while saving people money as they get around.
Energy efficient homes
Optimising New Zealanders’ use of renewable energy through energy efficient homes, technologies and behaviours.
The residential sector has a large number of small consumers. The dominant energy source is our highly renewable electricity system. Households have a significant impact on our peak electricity use when electricity generation tends to be at its least renewable, and most expensive to produce (for example, winter evenings).
Energy efficiency is also critical as we seek to engage all citizens in the collective objective of reducing New Zealand’s energy-related emissions.
Engage hearts and minds
Foster a society in which sustainable energy is expected and demanded.
We need widespread understanding and support if we are to achieve the significant changes needed to address climate change. Our research tells us the majority of New Zealand businesses and individuals accept climate change is happening, but they face a number of barriers in taking action to improve their energy use. Addressing these barriers is integral to shaping how we engage with people to help them become ‘clean and clever’ energy users.
Equip the public sector to innovate and lead the transition to clean and clever energy use.
The public sector can influence New Zealand through effective policies and modelling of clean and clever energy use – for example moving towards a low-emissions vehicle fleet, and removing coal and gas boilers from hospitals, universities and schools.
EECA works across government to develop policy and programme options, and provide advice, technical expertise and co-investment.
Our latest Statement of Intent sets out our medium-term work plan.
Our latest Annual Report outlines our progress on delivering benefits to New Zealand.
Programmes and funding
How we’re putting our strategic focus into action, including funding, co-investment, advice and expertise.