How your decision to opt-in is having a positive impact around the world
Since we launched our carbon neutral product, Go Neutral in 2016, 145,000 residential customers have chosen to make a difference to our environment by opting in for carbon neutral electricity, at no extra cost.
That’s a total 173,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from home electricity use offset through our carbon neutral product – it’s the equivalent of taking 50,000 cars off the road for a year*.
*Using a factor of 3.2 t/passenger car/year. Based on 2016 Australian passenger vehicle numbers (Australian Bureau of Statistics Motor Vehicle Census) and 2016 greenhouse gas emissions for cars (National Greenhouse Gas Inventory’s AEGIS database).
How carbon offsetting works
The resulting ‘net’ level of those emissions is zero – which is great for the environment!
Climate action projects making a difference
We buy carbon offset units from climate action projects that reduce or remove carbon emissions to offset the impact of your electricity use. These offset units are eligible according to the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).
Savanna Fire Management, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Avoids emissions by helping to prevent large bushfires. Managing fires early in the dry season in Arnhem Land reduces the risk and extent of high intensity wildfires. Through knowledge being passed down, the connection between Aboriginal communities and their land is strengthened, and biodiversity is protected. Read more.
Wind Farm Project, China
Avoids emissions by use of wind farms for power instead of coal. Renewable energy wind farms in the Jilin Province of China contribute to the sustainable development of the community, taking some pressure off the local power supply, creating new employment opportunities for locals and decreasing air pollutants.
Regenerative Ecosystem Project, New South Wales
Reduces emissions by removing carbon dioxide through allowing native forests to regrow. The Urisino project focused on an area in far west New South Wales which was overgrazed by feral goats and sheep, with mulga (Acacia) and other native flora species in decline. With high rainfall and the removal of grazing animals, the area has successfully regenerated back to its natural state and is drawing carbon from the atmosphere.
Solid Waste Management, Brazil
Avoids emissions by stopping potent greenhouse gases escaping into the atmosphere from landfill waste. The Santa Rosa Centre for Solid Waste Treatment generates emission reductions through a flare which converts methane to carbon dioxide, preventing serious health, safety and environmental challenges associated with waste management.
Renewable Lighting Scheme, India
Other exciting EnergyAustralia carbon initiatives
Making the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCG) carbon neutral for a month
During September 2018, we offset all the carbon emissions at the MCG precinct, as part of our partnership with the iconic home of sport. Offsetting carbon emissions during September is the equivalent of planting (and maintaining) 100,0001 trees or taking 50,0002 cars off the road for the year.
1 Based on 5 trees to sequester one tonne of Co2: https://www.treesforlife.org.au/carbon/carbon-facts
2 Car numbers based on average cars emitting 4.6 tonnes of carbon each per year: https://www.epa.gov
And making the Sydney Opera House carbon neutral
In 2018 we also helped Australia’s biggest house, Sydney Opera House, become carbon neutral and meet its target to reduce emissions, five years ahead of schedule.
Growing the movement
You might have seen our latest advertisement for Go Neutral, featuring Melinda. We want to help 1 million customers opt-in for carbon neutral electricity at home by 2020.
Remind me how it works
When you made the decision to opt-in, we buy enough carbon offset units to fully offset the carbon emissions associated with your home’s electricity - at no extra cost to you. It’s an easy, cost free way for you to get involved and make a difference to the environment.