Dr Sara WaltonWhat we’re doing

We are examining the energy efficiency behaviours of NZ firms, both within their business operations and their transport. We are also asking businesses about their interest in, and uptake of energy-efficient transport technologies, fuels and behaviours.

We are particularly interested in what barriers they face in becoming more efficient, and what they find easy to do, and if there are new effective business models and/or value creation methods.

What we’ve found out so far

Please see the report on SMEs and energy by clicking here.

Key findings include:

What is the current energy use in SMEs in New Zealand?

In terms of SME energy use participants in this survey indicated that:

  • Most of their energy spend was on electricity and petrol.
  • The main use for energy in their work place was for heating and cooling spaces which largely used electricity through heat pumps and plug-in heaters.
  • Almost three quarters of participants had company vehicles (the median number of cars is 2) the majority of which are small trucks or medium and large cars.

What are the (perceptions of) attitudes towards energy usage in SMEs?

A series of questions asked respondents attitudinal questions regarding energy and overall results showed that they do not feel strongly either way about the posed questions. Around half of participants think they know what to do and have made changes to save energy. Other key points include:

  • Most think that their energy and electricity bills are significant expenses.
  • Three quarters of participants think that our societ