Energy strategies for New Zealand

The government’s energy strategies set the policy direction and priorities for the New Zealand energy sector and are focused transitioning to a net zero carbon emissions by 2050, while building a more productive, sustainable and inclusive economy.

Renewable energy strategy work programme

The Government’s vision is for an affordable, secure, and sustainable energy system that provides for New Zealanders’ wellbeing in a low emissions world.

The renewable energy strategy work programme focusses on three main outcomes:

  • An inclusive and consumer focused energy system
  • A system that encourages increased investment in low emissions technologies, and
  • An innovative and modern energy system that creates new opportunities for business and consumers.

It includes the following workstreams:

The renewable energy strategy connects renewable electricity generation, electricity price review, green hydrogen strategy, Gas Act changes, resources strategy, process heat, Just Transition work, and backing emerging technologies with the Emissions Reduction Plan and NZ Emissions Trading Scheme

Further information on five of these work streams to support the transition to more affordable and renewable energy is available below:

Further information on the work programme, and on the related response to the Interim Climate Change Committee’s report Accelerated Electrification

We recently published a discussion paper, Accelerating renewable energy and energy efficiency. Part A of this paper focuses on options to encourage energy efficiency and the uptake of renewable fuels in industry and Part B of this paper examines options to accelerate renewable electricity generation and infrastructure. We seek written submissions on the options and proposals raised in this document by 5pm on Friday 28 February 2020. Your submission may respond to any or all of these issues.

Read the discussion paper

A hydrogen strategy for New Zealand

New Zealand’s hydrogen strategy consists of two parts; the hydrogen vision published in 2019 and a hydrogen roadmap which is under development.

New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy 2017-2022

The New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy 2017-2022 (NZEECS) sets the overarching policy direction for government support and intervention for the promotion of energy efficiency, energy conservation and the use of renewable sources of energy. The goal of the NZEECS is for New Zealand to have an energy-productive and low-emissions economy.

NZEECS 2017-2022 - Unlocking our energy productivity and renewable potential [PDF, 816 KB]

The NZEECS strategy:

  • outlines government policies, objectives and targets for 2017-2022
  • guides the work programme of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)
  • encourages businesses, individuals, households, community institutions and public sector agencies to take actions to help unlock our renewable energy and energy efficiency potential, to the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Priority areas

The NZEECS focuses on 3 priority areas, where the biggest cost-effective opportunities lie:

  1. Renewable and efficient use of process heat.
  2. Efficient and low-emissions transport.
  3. Innovative and efficient use of electricity.
Last updated: 22 February 2021