Welcome to Gen Less, the home of climate action and ideas

You'll find stories, tools, and a whole range of actions you can take that will cut down energy-related greenhouse gas emissions - and benefit our climate, your wellbeing, and your pocket. Just choose where you want to take action.

Carbon emissions and your carbon footprint

Climate change is caused by greenhouse gas emissions. Together, we can take action to reduce emissions by making changes in our everyday lives and the way we do business.

Understanding your carbon footprint is a great place to start — it's made up of everyday choices like how you get around, what you eat, and how much energy you use. The fewer emissions, the smaller your footprint.

You can cut down your footprint by taking actions like swapping the car for a bus or bike one day a week, switching your lightbulbs to LEDs, or shopping carefully, to avoid waste. It all makes a difference.

Our latest campaigns

Aotearoa Bike Challenge

Sign up to ride your bike in February and be in to win great prizes while you’re cutting your emissions. 

Every time you ride for transport, instead of using your car, you’ll be contributing to our collective goal of 1,000,000km ridden in 4 weeks.

EV champion Hayden Paddon

Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon knows cars, and loves his EV.

He’s got the low down on what you need to know about saving emissions, costs, and enjoying a great drive by going electric.

Car free commuting

Choosing low emissions transport is one of the best ways we can take climate action.

1 Climate Special

Gen Less is supporting TVNZ’s 1 Climate Special, which you can watch on TVNZ+.

The special will inform, inspire and mobilise New Zealanders who want take steps towards a greener, low-carbon future.

Gen Less stories

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    Top 5 EV questions answered

    We address lingering questions around electric vehicle cost, batteries, charging and range.

    • Low emission transport
    • Electric vehicles

    20 December 2022

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    Top tips for your electric road trip

    Keeping your charge up and your stress down when travelling New Zealand.

    • Low emission transport
    • Electric vehicles

    14 December 2022

  • Article

    Total cost of ownership: EVs vs petrol cars

    When you look at total cost of ownership, electric cars work out cheaper than their petrol alternatives.

    • Low emission transport
    • Electric vehicles

    25 March 2022