A low-carbon future

We're helping to move Aotearoa to a low-carbon future, powered by renewable energy.

Wind farm

Working towards a low carbon future

We understand the role we play as we all work toward the goal of net-zero carbon by 2050. Our targets align to limiting global warming to below 1.5°C by 2025. In New Zealand, we're the only electricity generator and retailer making this commitment.

The Future-gen programme is the lens through which we are identifying opportunities to decarbonise New Zealand’s energy sector while continuing to supply reliable, affordable electricity. We believe in the potential for electricity to be the enabler of New Zealand’s lower-carbon future.

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Science Based Targets (SBTs)

In 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report stating that globally, we need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius in order to halt the impacts of climate change. We’ve worked with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to measure the positive impact of the changes we’ll make. From a 2020 base year, we are targeting the following emission reductions by 2025.

  • reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions 36%
  • reduce scope 3 emissions 21%

What are the scopes?

Scope 1 emissions relate to the energy generation activities we operate.
Scope 2 includes our own energy consumption and fleet activities.
Scope 3 covers activities such as staff travelling to work.

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Future-gen | Science Based Targets

Why Science Based Targets?

Our Science Based Targets have been developed with global climate change leaders, and ensure we're focusing our energy in the right places. Future-gen helps us identify opportunities to decarbonise New Zealand’s energy sector.

  • energy management innovation
  • the future of renewable generation
  • supporting all Kiwis to make change
  • electrification of transport and industry

So, what are we doing?

A range of activities and partnerships focus on driving down our emissions, as well as supporting all of New Zealand to play their part.

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Electrification of transport

Through product innovation and working with companies like Zilch, we're driving the adoption of electric vehicles. Our entire light vehicle fleet is electric/hybrid, with 50% of our truck fleet to be electric by 2025.

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Sustainable generation

We're building wind farms, exploring alternative fuels for Huntly, and working to support the government as they explore advancements in sustainable energy generation.

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Retail innovation

Innovation and technology deliver advanced energy management tools to our customers, helping them reduce their energy usage at home and in their business.


A joint partnership with Air New Zealand, Contact Energy, and Z Energy establishing forests to offset carbon emissions.

Green commutes

We provide subsidised public and shared electric transport, and cycle-to-work perks to our staff to help them reduce their carbon emissions in getting to and from work.

Green offices

[email protected] (our main office in Auckland) is a 6 Green Star rated building - the highest rating available. Solar generation, rainwater collection, and EV charging are just some of the building's features.


Full visibility of the hydrology data relating to our hydro generation sites ensuring transparency on our operations.


Our Sustainable Finance Framework covers a range of topics including information on climate change and emission goals as they relate to finance.


Our Climate Change Hub tackles conversations, opinions, ideas, and offers practical guides to help Kiwis reduce their carbon footprint.

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Wildlife and biodiversity

Supporting the conservation of some of our most special fauna.

National Whio Recovery Project

We've been working with the Department of Conservation since 2011 to secure the future of one our most endangered native birds, the Whio (Blue Duck).

Kiwi Forever

A conservation partnership between Ngati Rangi Trust, Untouched World, Genesis, and DOC. Rangatahi explore special locations around the Tongariro district, undertaking activities to protect and support kiwi and whio releases while reconnecting with nature.

Emissions trading

We have obligations under the New Zealand Emissions Trading legislation and regulations (NZETS) - arising from our operational activities. This means we're required to procure and surrender Emission Units to the government to offset the obligation. The obligation is calculated in the Annual Emission Return as detailed in the legislation.

Emission Units are defined by the UNFCCC under the Kyoto Protocol and each is equivalent to one tonne of CO2. There are several types of units, each having different qualities that affect its market value.

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals provide guidance on how to protect the planet and the people on it. We have aligned our sustainability activities around 5 of these goals - Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Reduce Inequalities, Climate Action and Partnerships for the Goals.