Energy strategy and policy

The Government’s goal is to grow the New Zealand economy to deliver greater prosperity, security and opportunities for all New Zealanders.

One of Government’s high-level priorities, as outlined in the Business Growth Agenda, is to build a more competitive and productive economy. One of the inputs into this is improving energy efficiency and use of renewable energy to raise productivity, reduce carbon emissions and promote consumer choice.

Business Growth Agenda - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website

New Zealand Energy Strategy (2011-2021)

The New Zealand Energy Strategy (2011-2021) sets the strategic direction for the energy sector and the role energy will play in the New Zealand economy.  The overall goal is to make the most of our abundant energy potential, for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

The New Zealand Energy Strategy 2011-2021 sets out four priority areas:

•    Diverse resource development (including renewable energy)
•    Environmental responsibility
•    Efficient use of energy
•    Secure and affordable energy

New Zealand Energy Strategy (2011-2021) - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website

New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS)

NZEECS is EECA’s guiding document. It focuses on the promotion of energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable energy. It is a companion to the New Zealand Energy Strategy. A five-year national energy efficiency and conservation strategy is required by law.

NZEECS 2017-2022

The strategy is titled “Unlocking our energy productivity and renewable potential.” Its goal is for New Zealand to have an energy productive and low emissions economy. It encourages businesses, individuals and public sector agencies to take actions that will help unlock our renewable energy, and energy efficiency and productivity potential, to the benefit of all New Zealanders.

The strategy’s three priority areas are:

  • renewable and efficient use of process heat
  • efficient and low-emissions transport
  • innovative and efficient use of electricity.

New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy 2017-2022 (NZEECS)

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 - New Zealand legislation website

NZEECS 2011-2016

The New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS) 2011-2016 expired in August 2016.