Non generation footprint

Non Generation Footprint - Genesis Energy NZ

Genesis is constantly striving to improve its operational footprint - the impact we have on the environment on a day-to-day basis as we undertake
our work.

Key initiatives to improve our operational footprint include:

Waste minimisation

Genesis has a waste minimisation program which aims to reduce waste to landfill from all its office buildings.

Sustainable purchasing

Genesis recognises its purchasing has an impact on its own and New Zealand's footprint. Sustainable purchasing guidelines have been developed and are being constantly implemented in our day to day business to influence purchasing decisions.

Sustainable building guidelines for refurbishment

Genesis has sustainable building guidelines in place which aim to reduce energy consumption and improve resource efficiency. The guidelines have helped to inform our decisions on office fit outs and refurbishments.

Electricity consumption

Genesis seeks to ensure it is a responsible consumer of electricity and has set a target requiring that office energy performance is within the EECA low typical usage benchmark of 200 - 280 kWh/m2. Achieving this has required energy efficient initiatives such as delamping, energy saver lamps, light sensors in meeting rooms and installing technology improvements.

Carbon offset of Non Generation activities

In recent years Genesis has been measuring and reducing its CO2 equivalent emissions from its non generation activities. Genesis regularly reviews its energy audits and work practises to ensure that it is reducing its carbon footprint.

Climate change

As New Zealand's primary thermal electricity generator, Genesis recognises the need to understand and reduce the impact of our activities on climate change.

Genesis is taking action to reduce emissions while balancing climate change considerations, New Zealand's increasing energy demand profile and the need to make sure our customers have a reliable energy supply.

Encouraging customers to reduce their greenhouse
gas emissions

We encourage our customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and environmental footprint. Key initiatives include:


Schoolgen - Genesis Energy NZ

Genesis developed Schoolgen to provide students, teachers and parents with a hands-on learning experience that teaches them about renewable energy and climate change. It enables over 90 selected schools to generate some of their own electricity using a photovoltaic system. All schools in New Zealand also have access to freely available teaching resources and real-time generation data from the solar panels on the Schoolgen website.

Energy efficiency advice and product offers

Genesis continues to provide energy efficient offers and advice to customers to assist them in reducing their carbon footprint.

Adapting to a carbon constrained world

New Zealand has introduced an Emissions Trading Scheme that has far reaching impacts for Genesis. We have increased our focus on our climate change strategy.

Genesis has compliance obligations under any New Zealand Emissions Trading scheme. For every two tonnes of CO2 Genesis emits, we are required to procure one carbon unit and surrender it to the government at a later date.

Measuring and reporting our emissions

A high level of importance is placed on measuring and reporting our greenhouse gas emissions. Measurement allows us and our stakeholders to see our performance against the objectives and targets we have set ourselves.

During the financial year 2015/2016 for the 6 months to 31 December 2015, Genesis was responsible for:

  • 1,071,000 tonnes of CO2 from electricity generation
  • A generation portfolio with a carbon intensity of 317 tonnes C02 per GWh

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