Consultation opens on energy efficiency proposals

Consultation has commenced on proposals to enhance the energy efficiency regulatory system for products and services, and support the achievement of New Zealand’s future energy efficiency and emissions reduction goals.

A 2019 review of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 and the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 found a number of issues needed to be addressed.

These included:

  • a lack of flexibility in terms of market movement and innovation;
  • a misalignment with Australia’s system;
  • limited access to information;
  • limited market coverage and;
  • limited investigative powers and enforcement tools;
  • an unnecessary burden on Cabinet decision-making;

The Energy Efficient Products and Services – A Regulatory Reform Discussion Document seeks to address these issues, and ensure that the energy efficiency regulatory system remains fit-for-purpose.

The proposed updates to the regulatory system are also intended to contribute to the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan.

The proposals are grouped into five parts in the discussion document:

  1. Future-proofing the system
  2. Consistent and fair regulation
  3. Improving system administration
  4. Ensuring effective compliance
  5. Delivering good and fair process

More information, including how you can submit feedback on the consultation.

Submissions on the proposals in the discussion document close at 5pm on Wednesday, 28 July.