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Join Gen Less & Live More with Less Energy

Embrace a lifestyle that
uses less energy, to help
halt climate change.

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Gen Less is a lifestyle choice.
A decision to start getting more
out of life by using less energy.

It's the first generation anyone can join, regardless of age.

It unites New Zealand individuals, organisations, businesses and the government, to live and work in more climate-friendly ways.

By being in Gen Less, you are choosing to take meaningful, ongoing action to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions from energy use.

Because if we’re going to stop climate change, we need to do it together.

Join Gen Less

Start living and working Gen Less

Change only happens if we act. The good news is there are lots of ways we can make change at home, work or school, and to the way our businesses operate; some big, some small.

We have a variety of ways to help you start using less harmful energy, and getting more out of life.

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If you could keep one thing from your lockdown experience, what would it be? 

We put the call out to our Facebook followers to ask: what things from life under lockdown could we keep doing to make our lives, and our planet, better in the long run? Check out the responses we got.

Our lockdown reading list

Check out the stories that have got us talking about Covid-19, the environment and how we can think about a green recovery where everyone benefits.

Lockdown energy saving tips

Staying home during the lockdown may mean your household is using more energy. It's important to stay warm and comfortable, but you can still be Gen Less and save energy while at home.

Our Gen Less launch partners

These organisations were there from the start, making great efforts to reduce their energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and helping us launch Gen Less:

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We've reduced our emissions by 21% since 2016 through energy use and food waste reductions, and climate-friendly refrigeration. We've got an ongoing commitment to reduce them by 60% from our 2015 levels by 2030.
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From our biodegradable ingredients, to our carboNZero certified manufacturing and sugar plastic packaging, we ensure our products are safer for you, your family and our world.
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Proudly made in New Zealand, our plastic-free solid beauty and personal care range is taking on the world and helping to eliminate plastic bottles. Certified palm-free, cruelty-free and vegan.
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NZ Post

We’re committed to delivering your parcels in the most sustainable way. Moving our delivery vehicles to EVs and increasing our focus on recyclable packaging are just the start.
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Since 2015 we’ve achieved a 47% reduction in our carbon emissions across the business, by radically reducing our electricity consumption and waste across all our offices and events.
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Wishbone Design

We make simple things that work well, so people can waste less, and play more.
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We’re committed to taking action on climate change, and helping finance New Zealand’s transition to an ultra-low emissions economy.
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We’re taking action and building ideas that are environmentally and life-affirming as well as learn-able and share-able.
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Lewis Road

We’re passionate about our sustainability journey and want to combat climate change through energy use and encourage New Zealanders to make small changes which will contribute to a universal goal.
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We believe in science-based, knowledge-led solutions for a world where people live in harmony with nature.
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Auckland Council

We’re actively working with Aucklanders and New Zealanders to reduce their carbon footprint through the FutureFit tool.
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Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand

We're undertaking work on sustainability issues and mobilising an informed and compassionate critical mass of people, helping to create a better world for people, other animals and our shared environment.
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The Gen Less symbol

The 'less than' symbol (<) is the symbol of Gen Less. It stands for using less energy, while getting more out of life.

More innovation. More fun. More connection.

Whether you're a business, organisation, or an individual, you can show your support for Gen Less by displaying the < symbol.