Asia, Online Articles, Presentations, Webinars | May 16, 2024

Energy Evaluation in Asia Pacific: Latest Updates

On May 7, 2024, the Energy Evaluation Asia Pacific (EEAP) hosted its 10th webinar focusing on the crucial topic of ‘Measuring Progress on Energy Wellbeing in New Zealand’. This insightful webinar featured two notable speakers: Dr. Phoebe Taptiklis, Research Fellow, Motu Economic Public Policy Research, New Zealand, and Dr. Caroline Fyfe, Post-doctoral Researcher, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. The webinar served to provide a guided tour of two important evaluations which measured the impact of New Zealand’s recent energy hardship policies.

Phoebe Taptiklis presented findings from an evaluation of the Mario and Public Housing Renewable Energy fund, which allocated a substantial allocation of $28 million to tackle energy affordability issues and enhance the quality of housing in New Zealand. Caroline Fyfe provided an overview of a study conducted on the Warm Kiwi Homes program in New Zealand run by the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA), which aimed to improve energy efficiency and provide heating solutions for low-income households.

The discussions underscored the critical role of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives in promoting inclusive and sustainable outcomes for communities facing energy-related challenges. The session also served to emphasize the importance of comprehensive evaluation methodologies, blending quantitative and qualitative analysis, to assess program impacts accurately. This document summarizes the key discussion points from the webinar.

Presentations:

  1. ‘Evaluating the Maori and Public Housing Renewable Energy Fund: Interim findings from the first winter’, Dr. Phoebe Taptiklis, Research Fellow, Motu Economic Public Policy Research, New Zealand

  2. ‘Quantifying the impacts of energy efficient heating: The Warmer Kiwis Programme’, Dr. Caroline Fyfe, Post-doctoral Researcher, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden