Energy Efficiency Cuts New Zealand's CO2 and Costs

IMPROVED energy efficiency is helping New Zealand cut thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions, as well as saving millions of dollars a year.

Links between energy efficiency and carbon mitigation are demonstrated by several programmes run by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). Recent results were published today in EECA’s Annual Report 2015/16.

“Energy efficiency and renewable energy are an important part of our climate change solution,” says EECA Chief Executive Mike Underhill. “EECA’s work continues to support New Zealand’s journey to a low emissions economy by delivering programmes that cost-effectively save energy and reduce emissions.

“We’ve made great progress in every delivery area and identified promising opportunities for continued energy efficiency and carbon reduction. The links between energy, climate change and economic growth are better understood and more compelling than ever. With a track record of making change happen, EECA is looking forward to supporting New Zealand’s journey to a low emissions economy,” Underhill concluded.

A couple of the highlights of the report include:

  • EECA’s Business programme saved 0.6 PJ of energy – enough to fuel more than 300,000 cars driving from Auckland to Wellington – and 37,000 tonnes of carbon. The programme now covers 40% of total business energy use. 
  • EECA’s energy efficiency labelling and regulation programmes have influenced the sales of 54 million products, including heat pumps, televisions, computers, whiteware and light bulbs. Cumulatively, this created $560m in savings to the country and saved 879,000 tonnes of carbon since the programme began in 2002.

New Zealand has been busy combatting climate change for decades, due to its southerly position and the threat posed by a warming planet.

The report can be downloaded here: EECA Annual Report 2015/16.

Source: EECA. Picture of Mt. Cook, New Zealand by giiku , Reproduced under Creative Commons License (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Monday 24th October 2016

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