State sector decarbonisation

EECA administers a $219.5 million Government fund to reduce carbon emissions in the State sector. This work supports the Carbon Neutral Government Programme.

Investment focuses on replacing fossil-fuelled boilers in hospitals and tertiary institutions with low-emissions alternatives such as biomass boilers and heat pumps. We work with the Ministry of Education to replace coal boilers in schools. Replacing vehicle fleets with electric vehicles, and installing energy-efficient chillers and LED lighting are other priorities.

EECA provides expert advice, technical support, and facilitate low-emissions energy investments.

How we are tracking

  • 38 projects have been announced
  • 96.5m State sector decarbonisation funding
  • 292,000 tonnes estimated ten-year carbon emissions reduction

We estimate investments announced so far will save about 292,000 tonnes over ten years in carbon emissions. That’s the equivalent of taking around 12,000 cars off the road.

Andrew Caseley EECA CE

Summary of approved projects

State sector decarbonisation fund project summary as at 5 July 2021 [PDF, 43 KB] 

Additional Co-funding for State sector agencies

Crown loans

Related media releases

May 2021

Hundreds of new electric cars for State sector(external link)

April 2021

Carbon neutral government a step closer (external link)

October 2020

Clean energy upgrade more public buildings(external link)

September 2020

New measures to cut carbon at parliament(external link)

July 2020

Clean energy future more public services(external link)

January 2020

Flicking the switch on a clean powered public service(external link)

Related links

Find out more about the Carbon Neutral Government programme

Carbon Neutral Government Programme | Ministry for the Environment(external link)

Improve the energy efficiency of your office buildings

NABERSNZ(external link)

EECA and Standards New Zealand have published best practice guidance for high-temperature heat pumps and biomass boilers. These Publicly Available Specifications are free for download from the Standards New Zealand website.

High temperature heat pumps specification(external link)

Biomass boilers specification(external link)

Contact us

To get in touch with the team, contact Public Sector Portfolio Manager, Paul Bull at