Country:New Zealand
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2001
Date Amended:

2007; 2011; 2017

Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:
Policy Sector:Framework Policy
Agency:Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)
Legal References:Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000

A new Strategy - the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy 2017-2022 - was released in 2017.  The Strategy "Unlocking our energy productivity and renewable potential" is a companion to the New Zealand Energy Strategy 2011-2021.

It sets the overarching direction for Government and specific actions for the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy. The goal of the Strategy is for New Zealand to have an energy productive and low emissions economy.

The Strategy focuses on three priority areas that will provide the most cost-effective opportunities for energy savings and emissions reductions for New Zealand: process heat, transport and electricity. It contains targets that are measurable, reasonable and practicable by 2022, and the Strategy includes a range of actions to help achieve them including the development of a new process heat action plan.


The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s role under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 includes preparing and administering an energy efficiency strategy for New Zealand. In 2001, the first five-year National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy was released. When the Strategy was updated in October 2007, it was renamed the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS), and treated as a companion piece to a new, more general, Energy Strategy produced by the then Ministry of Economic Development for the Government. The current New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy 2011 – 2016 was released simultaneously with the Energy Strategy. The current Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy's focus is on promoting energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable energy. It is prepared in accordance with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 and is in force for a period of five years.

In addition to an economy-wide target to continue to achieve a rate of energy intensity improvement of 1.3 percent per annum the Conservation Strategy sets out objectives for six sectors:   

Transport: a more energy-efficient transport system, with a greater diversity of fuels and alternative energy technologies Business: enhanced business growth and competitiveness resulting from energy intensity improvements

Housing: warm, dry and energy-efficient homes with improved air quality to avoid ill-health and lost productivity Products: greater business and consumer uptake of energy-efficient products

Electricity system: an efficient, renewable electricity system supporting New Zealand’s global competitiveness Public sector: greater value for money from the public sector through increased energy efficiency.   

By law, there must always be a five-year national energy efficiency and conservation strategy.  The current Strategy expires on 30 August 2016 and can be replaced or rolled over - the Minister of Energy and Resources has decided to replace the current NZEECS and to do this in conjunction with some work on specific energy targets.  

Related policies:New Zealand Energy Strategy (NZES) , The New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy 2011-2016

Last modified: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 19:26:01 CEST