You’re doing good things for the environment
Since the launch of our carbon neutral program in 2016, 350,000 residential customers have chosen to make a positive impact on our environment by opting in to Go Neutral for their home electricity or gas, or both.
Together we've been able to offset more than 2.8 million tonnes of carbon emissions since 2016 – that’s the equivalent of taking around 870,000 cars off the road for one year.*
Your decision to take part in Go Neutral (at no extra cost to you) helps us to support climate action projects that offset your carbon emissions and benefit communities around the world.
*Using a factor of 3.2 tonnes/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).
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 energy use. These offset units are eligible according to the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard (formerly the National Carbon Offset Standard).
Geothermal Project, Indonesia
Image credit: Star Energy Geothermal
Wind Farms, India
Solid Waste Management, Brazil
Carbon reduction program in the Top End, Australia
Savanna Fire Management, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Regenerative Ecosystem Project, New South Wales
This project reduces emissions by removing carbon dioxide when 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.
Renewable Lighting Scheme, India
How carbon offsetting works
The resulting ‘net’ level of those emissions is zero – which is great for the environment!
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 energy use - electricity or gas, or both - 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.
Previous EnergyAustralia carbon neutral 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 the month was 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.