The opportunity

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, but transport also plays a huge role, whether it’s moving people or goods.

The Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), released in May 2022, sets out the plan to brings New Zealand’s emissions down, and will affect every sector of the economy, including transport, energy and industry. It presents an opportunity to achieve a more productive, sustainable and inclusive economy that benefits all New Zealanders.

Staying ahead of the curve by decarbonising is an increasingly smart business decision and will help New Zealand meet its critical climate targets.

Industry programmes

For businesses using fossil fuels to power their industrial processes, EECA offers a suite of programmes to support the transition to efficient, low-emissions alternatives.

  • The GIDI Fund

    Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry (GIDI) co-funding is to help medium to large energy users reduce carbon emissions linked to industrial processes where high emitting fuel sources like coal and natural gas are used – by supporting fuel switching and energy efficiency projects.

    Providing co-investment through the GIDI Fund helps to get projects across the line, unlocking larger and earlier emissions savings.

    About the GIDI Fund

  • Technology Demonstration

    Any business looking to invest in new or under-utilised energy-saving technology, or a process improvement opportunity can apply to the Technology Demonstration Fund, which supports the early adoption of proven technology or an innovative process improvement opportunity that has yet to be widely deployed in New Zealand. The project may improve energy efficiency and/or reduce carbon emissions.

    Technology Demonstration fund

  • Tailored resources for sectors

    Our Sector Decarbonisation Programme collaborates with sector associations and technical experts to connect New Zealand businesses with world-class innovation and best practice guidance to decarbonise at a sector level.

    The programme also provides new businesses with best-practice knowledge.

    Find out more

Transport programmes

With transport decarbonisation playing a key role in New Zealand's progress towards our 2050 goals, the Government is extending its investment into reducing transport emissions. New Zealand’s Emissions reduction Plan (ERP) has strong targets for transport – reducing emissions from vehicles and total vehicle kilometres travelled.

  • Decarbonising transport

    The LETF will support the demonstration of high potential and replicable solutions, and adoption of low emission transport technology, innovation and infrastructure to help accelerate the decarbonisation of the New Zealand transport sector. If you have an innovative transport project that will reduce your emissions, get in touch.

    Low Emissions Transport Fund (LETF)

  • Vehicle Total Cost of Ownership calclator

    Essential for fleet managers – this tool allows you to compare different vehicles’ lifetime costs, including fuel, maintenance and on-road costs, contrasting electric options with petrol, diesel or hybrid equivalents.

    Try our calculator

  • Clean car discount

    The Clean Car Discount is administered by Waka Kotahi – the New Zealand Transport Agency, and consists of rebates and fees based on emissions for eligible vehicles the first time they are registered in New Zealand. The lower the emissions the greater the rebate, with a maximum rebate of $7,500 ex GST available for new electric vehicles.

    Find out more

Stay in the loop

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Gen Less for business

EECA’s Gen Less platform brings together the foundations of low-emissions business, and the tools you need to move your business along the journey, whether you don’t know where to start, or you’re further down the road.

  • Where to start

    From powering your office to how you move your people or transport goods, and even product design, check out the full suite of tips, tools and inspiration for business here.

    Gen Less for Business

  • Energy efficiency on-site

    The equipment you have, and how you use it, makes a big difference to your emissions, and your back pocket. Find out more about energy-efficient heating and other equipment.

    Energy efficiency on-site

  • Climate Action Toolbox

    A one-stop shop for small to medium enterprises to kick off their climate action journey. The Toolbox provides tailored advice for your business, as well as an action plan.

    Climate Action Toolbox