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