Why we focus on business

A massive 40% of New Zealand’s energy-related emissions come from the business sector.

The largest portion of this comes from industrial process heat — the  steam, hot water or hot gases used in industrial processing, manufacturing and space heating. About half of New Zealand's process heat demand comes from burning coal or natural gas.

The good news is, there are a number of low-emissions alternatives available for businesses that not only reduce emissions, but can also lower energy costs and improve profitability.

The business sector represents

  • 45 %

    of New Zealand's energy use*

  • 43 %

    of New Zealand's energy-related emissions*

*Includes household electricity use and direct use of fuels (e.g. gas and wood) for heating and cooking. It does not include household petrol/diesel-powered transport. Source: Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2021, Ministry for the Environment (2023), Energy End Use Database 2023 (2021 data). 

Our strategy

Desired outcomes

  • Businesses meet emissions reductions targets.
  • Businesses use low emissions innovations and insights.
  • Businesses benefit from improved energy productivity.

Our priorities

  • Improving our support to businesses through better use of data and insights.
  • Investigating new opportunities to support business sectors, and funding new technology opportunities.
  • Fast-tracking investment into, and implementation of, projects that reduce business emissions.
  • Exploring new funding mechanisms to accelerate decarbonisation.

What we're doing now

Government investment in decarbonising industry

The Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry (GIDI) Fund supports energy efficiency, and the switch from fossil fuels to cleaner renewable energy sources across the industrial and commercial sectors. 

The partnership approach helps by getting emissions reduction projects across the line and happening faster than they otherwise would, delivering larger and earlier emissions reductions. It helps by investing in businesses instead of buying offsets overseas. 

Projects co-funded by EECA

Read more case studies and articles

  • Article

    Red meat, green energy

    By switching to cleaner technologies, Alliance Group is helping reduce Southland’s carbon footprint.

    • Case study
    • Decarbonisation
    • Process heat

    7 October 2022

  • Article

    Tools and resources

    Start your decarbonisation journey today with the help of these dedicated tools and resources. They’ve been designed by industry experts especially for New Zealand meat processors and endorsed by the Meat Industry Association.

    • Consultation
    • Decarbonisation
    • Fuel switching

    29 July 2022

  • Article

    WoolWorks leading the way in the wool industry

    World-first decarbonisation of a New Zealand wool scouring plant.

    • Co-funding 
    • Process heat
    • Decarbonisation

    21 July 2022