Welcome to Gen Less – the home of inspiring ideas to reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.

You’ll find loads of actions you can make that are better for our climate, your wellbeing and your pocket. Choose whatever works best for you. When we all make small changes, big things happen.

Be inspired to take climate action. Live more with less energy.

Say no to short car trips

Kiwis make an average of 12 short trips per household each week. By stretching our legs instead, we can slash greenhouse gas emissions.

We're encouraging Kiwis to consider climate-friendly modes of transport such as biking, scooting and walking when making trips under two kilometres.

Where will you start your climate change action?

  • Living

    Living Gen Less means you can focus energy on the things that really matter. Find ways to make a warm and efficient home that saves energy and power bills, and make climate-friendly choices about what you buy, eat and do.


  • Moving

    Choosing a lower-emissions transport option is one of the best ways to care for our climate. There’s no pressure to change everything all at once. Check out these options and switch it up one trip at a time.


  • Running a business

    Join thousands of New Zealand companies making a proactive commitment to use less energy. You’ll save costs as well as emissions, and get ahead of the curve to meet growing demand for climate-conscious products and services.

    Running a business

Say no to wasted energy

Flip the usual way you think about climate change: climate action doesn’t need to be another burden to carry - in fact, it can be liberating and positive.

The Power of No

We’re empowering Kiwis to get rid of the stuff on the bottom of their to-do lists. Instead of wasting energy on things and stuff we don’t really want or need, we can give ourselves, and the planet, a breather.

Stories & updates

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  • WoolWorks leading the way in the wool industry

    21 April 2021

    NZ’s leading wool scourer has long been a champion of environmentally sustainable practices. As part of the journey to reduce their energy use, WoolWorks will replace coal with electricity to power their Timaru site.

    • Process heat
    • Emission reduction
  • Final stage of energy strategy for fresh produce company

    12 April 2021

    A Kiwi crop company is looking to lead the way in low-carbon produce, so we can eat our salads knowing they haven’t been grown in coal-heated glasshouses.

    • Sustainable food choices
    • Emission reduction
    • Energy management
  • Electric vehicle myths

    31 March 2021

    The most efficient car you can drive is an electric vehicle. More Kiwis than ever are considering an EV as their next car, so we've got the lowdown from Aotearoa's biggest EV enthusiasts, who say "EVs are, quite simply, better."

    • Electric vehicles