When we all make small changes, big things happen

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.

Get inspired to take climate action.

Say no to business as usual

While Kiwi businesses recover from Covid-19, climate action has been put in the “too hard” basket, even though it’s never been more important.

If you’re reading this, you’re already leading the pack by taking the first step to find out more about what you could do to bring your business’s carbon footprint down. We’ve got info, tools and other resources to support you.

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.

Gen Less stories

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  • Tō tātou anamata āhuarangi - Our climate future

    9 June 2021

    Ministry for Environment's latest campaign focuses on what we as individuals can do to reduce our emissions and create a better climate future for all New Zealanders.

  • Zero-carbon cars for rent

    8 June 2021

    Global research indicates round-trip car share cars can replace up to 15 privately owned vehicles. We talk to Zilch, New Zealand’s only 100% electric vehicle sharing provider.

    • Electric vehicles
    • Electric vehicles
  • Make your heat pump work smarter, not harder

    28 May 2021

    Heat pumps are a low-cost and efficient way to heat your home. But are you getting the most out of yours? Check out our tips on ways to make sure your heat pump is working as smartly as possible.

    • Heating