Energy/carbon auditors assess the amount of energy used and carbon produced by organisations. They also recommend ways to increase energy efficiency.
Energy/carbon auditors with up to five years' experience usually earn
$60K-$80K per year
Energy/carbon auditors with five or more years' experience usually earn
$80K-$200K per year
Source: EMANZ, 2018.
Pay for energy/carbon auditors varies depending on qualifications and experience.
- Energy/carbon auditors with up to five years' experience usually earn between $60,000 and $80,000 a year.
- Energy/carbon auditors with five or more years' experience and accreditation can earn from $80,000 to $200,000.
Source: Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ), 2018.
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What you will do
Energy/carbon auditors may do some or all of the following:
- inspect buildings and carry out energy surveys/audits
- ensure accurate records are kept and energy monitoring data is collected regularly
- develop methods to reduce energy use at businesses and organisations, and help put these methods into practice
- set up procedures to monitor and assess carbon emissions
- develop methods to reduce carbon emissions
- review the effectiveness of energy and carbon reduction measures and verify any savings made from these changes
- write reports and present findings to clients
- provide technical and practical advice, and offer training on energy efficiency
- provide technical support to mechanical and electrical design engineers.
Skills and knowledge
Energy/carbon auditors need to have knowledge of:
- energy management
- renewable energy and energy storage technologies
- technologies and techniques for reducing carbon emissions
- how to measure energy use and carbon emissions of buildings and industrial processes
- building services and controls such as centralised computer systems for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning
- the energy market and pricing
- legislation on energy efficiency and carbon reduction
- how to manage projects.
- usually work a 40-hour week, though they may work evenings or weekends when buildings are empty
- spend most of their time either at their office or visiting worksites such as office buildings and factories
- may travel locally, nationally and internationally to visit sites.
What's the job really like?
Energy auditor Adam Marsh investigates a building's energy use, and looks for ways to make it more efficient.
What's an energy audit?
"The audit process is about finding out how energy is used in a building as a whole, and finding ways to improve it. You're going to look at your biggest energy users first, such as the air-conditioning and lighting."
What happens after the audit?
"Once the audit's done, we compile the information and assess the best way to reduce energy use in the building. We then present our findings to the customer in a way that is easy to understand."
Why is this sort of work important?
"Energy consumption is becoming more of a concern and people are becoming more aware of how much energy they use and the environmental issues that surround it.
"New Zealand can be completely sustainable if it wants to. Obviously New Zealand has advantages, like having hydro and geothermal capabilities, and enough generation ability to cover the population, but to become the first country to be totally sustainable would really put New Zealand on the map."
To become an energy/carbon auditor you need to have a tertiary qualification in one of the following:
- building science
- energy management
- engineering (chemical,electrical,environmental,industrial,mechanical)
- environmental management
- quantity surveying.
According to the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ), typical qualifications for energy/carbon auditors include:
- New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (Level 4)
- New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6).
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include chemistry, economics, maths and physics.
Energy/carbon auditors need to be:
- able to work to strict deadlines
- well organised, with good planning skills
- methodical with calculations and reporting
- able to work well in a team
- good written and verbal communicators.
Useful experience for energy/carbon auditors includes:
- building and construction work
- home energy assessment or insulation work
- work involving accounting or economics
- work servicing building systems such as heating and ventilation systems
- work in factories.
Energy and carbon auditors can become accredited through the Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ). Auditor accreditation requires about five years of energy and carbon auditing experience.
Find out more about training
- Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)
- 0800 358 676 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.eeca.govt.nz
- Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ)
- (04) 385 2839 - email@example.com - www.emanz.org.nz
What are the chances of getting a job?
Roles expected to increase for energy/carbon auditors
Opportunities for energy/carbon auditors are expected to grow due to:
- government targets to reduce energy and carbon emissions
- the high cost of energy
- climate change.
Good chances for qualified, experienced energy/carbon auditors
Your chances of securing an entry-level job are best with relevant qualifications and work experience. However, finding work can be competitive as staff turnover is low and vacancies limited.
Types of employers varied
Energy/carbon auditors may work for:
- energy management businesses and organisations
- city councils
- companies that deliver specific services such as heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and lighting systems
- large organisations that use a lot of energy, such as hospitals.
Energy/carbon auditors may also be self-employed.
- Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority website, accessed June 2018, (www.eeca.govt.nz).
- Hopkins, M, Dr, chief executive officer, Energy Management Association of New Zealand, careers.govt.nz interview, June 2018.
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, 'Unlocking our Energy Productivity and Renewable Potential, New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conversation Strategy 2017-2022', June 2017, (www.mbie.govt.nz).
- New Zealand Productivity Commission, 'Low-Emissions Economy Draft Report', April 2018, (www.productivity.govt.nz).
(This information is a guide only. Find out more about the sources of our job opportunities information)
Progression and specialisations
Energy/carbon auditors may progress to set up their own business, or move into management roles.
Last updated 29 June 2020