You'd choose renewable energy if you could, right? In most places in Australia, you can! It only takes 10 minutes. Just login to your account and select the "GreenPower" option or switch to a green provider.
Collectively Australians have $2.9 trillion stashed in our superannuation accounts. Take charge today by investing your money in socially responsible options. It's fast, easy and you don't need to switch your fund!
You have the power to reduce your carbon footprint to zero - right here, right now. Radically change the world (without changing your lifestyle) by donating to a high quality carbon offset charity. It's tax deductible.
If you live in Queensland, New South Wales (including the ACT), Victoria, South Australia, or Tasmania you're on Australia's National Energy Market (NEM). Check the GreenPower website to find out if your electricity retailer offers GreenPower. If they do, log into your account and select this option, it should only take 10 min.
Otherwise, switch to a retailer that does.
If you're having trouble choosing a retailer there's an independent Green Electricity Guide that compares different companies and ranks retailers on a range of green criteria.
In 2019 the 7 greenest retailers were:
If you live in the South West you're a customer of Synergy and you can choose to 100% renewable energy: we've made a step-by-step guide to show you how (see the link below)
If you don't live in the South West you're a customer of Horizon and they don't offer GreenPower options. The good news is:
If you'd like to have even more impact write to Horizon and your local minister and tell them that you, as an WA citizen, want a GreenPower option like the rest of Australia.
Jacana Energy is the only electricity retailer in the Northern Territory and they don't offer a GreenPower option. The good news is:
If you'd like to have even more impact write to Jacana and your local minister and tell them that you, as an NT citizen, want a GreenPower option like the rest of Australia.
Money makes the world go round, so control the way that money turns. Nearly every fund out there has a 'socially responsible' investment option. Fossil fuel projects are expensive, so companies need loans from the banks to start new ones. By choosing socially responsible investments, you make it harder for fossil fuel companies to get a loan and easier for their renewable competitors.
So take charge today by logging into your superannuation account and exploring the socially responsible investment options. Give them a call if you need help understanding the options or navigating their website. If you're not happy with your superannuation fund options consider switching. We explore the topic of superannuation in greater detail here.
Note: if you are tempted to switch super funds, seek personal financial advice first as there may be insurance and tax consequences to consider.
So how much is your carbon footprint anyway? According to the Department of Environment and Energy report on National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Australians have per capita emissions of 21.4 t of CO2 equivalent each year. This includes all emissions (including industrial emissions) divided evenly among the population.
Using this figure means that you're taking responsibility for not just your personal emissions, but for your 'share' of emissions created during industrial activities that contribute to GDP.
If you'd prefer to only offset your personal emissions (if this motivates you to lower your personal emissions even further - go for it!) then you can calculate this using the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) ecological footprint calculator. The WWF calculator is simple to use but require you to enter an email. If you don't want to enter your email the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund (CNCF) has a more detailed calculator with an email free option, although it is Australian focused.
Now that you know your footprint, offset it using a reputable carbon offset organisation. You have a few options:
If you want to keep it local to Australia, we recommend the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund (CNCF) as they are a reputable charity that rehabilitates marginal farmland into bio-diverse carbon sinks AND the contributions are tax deductible.
If you want maximum transparency and accountability you could offset directly from the Gold Standard website where they have a range of carbon offset products at a variety of price points. Or through the United Nations Carbon Offset Platform for some even cheaper options.
Or if you want the most effective, biggest "bang for buck" option, then according to this study, the two best carbon offset organisations are: