How to use these resources

These tools and resources have been developed with support from the Retirement Village Association of New Zealand (RVA) to help reduce emissions sector-wide.  

A selection of resources and information relevant to this sector are available below. 

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Aged Care and Retirement Living Decarbonisation Pathway 

The Aged Care and Retirement Living Decarbonisation Pathway takes an energy efficiency first approach. While the end goal is to move away from fossil fuels, taking steps to improve existing processes, equipment and operations will make the transition more efficient and cost-effective.  

The pathway has been broken up into 5 steps, which provide key information for New Zealand aged care and retirement facility owners and managers, no matter how far along the decarbonisation journey you are.  

Icons representing the 5 step decarbonisation pathway..

Step 1: Increase engagement and awareness

Understanding the emissions impact of aged care and retirement living is a key step towards beginning your decarbonisation journey. Having awareness of which processes are carbon intensive can help identify your opportunities. Whilst engaging your staff and including them on the journey is proven to increase results.

Step 2: Measure emissions and set targets

Knowing what to measure and how to measure it is an important step in decarbonising. In this section, find resources and tools to measure and account for energy consumption and see how you can set energy targets for your facility moving forward. 

Step 3: Optimise equipment and improve processes

Reviewing and adjusting the way equipment performs can be a big win for energy reduction, as well as cost and productivity. Additionally, to improve processes, opportunities should be provided for staff to upskill, alongside workforce planning and development. 

Take a look at two webinars that bring the energy optimisation checklist to life with some examples from aged care and retirement facilities, and options for energy reduction.

Step 4: Reduce energy demand

New technology or upgrades to existing processes can reduce energy demand. It is important to reduce the demand for energy prior to switching fuels, so that the energy demand for fuel switching is as minimal as possible. ​ 

This step looks at equipping businesses with the latest international innovations in their space to reduce the demand on energy. ​


Step 5: Switching to renewable energy

Fuel switching is the final step to decarbonising. By following steps 1-4, you'll be in the best position to make an informed decision about fuel switching, in the most cost-effective way.