By adding a Green Choice™ option to your electricity plan, we will source the equivalent to a portion (10%, 20% or 100%) of your household's electricity consumption from renewable energy sources. Future Forests offsets the carbon emissions associated with your household's electricity usage through diverse native Australian forestry.
The cost of Green Choice™ can vary depending on the amount of electricity you use. With Future Forests, you just pay $1 a week, whatever your energy usage. You can choose to get one, or both, for your home.
That’s easy. After speaking with our customers, we found that many were worried about climate change and wanted to do something to tackle it. But they were looking for a way that was both affordable and easy to understand. So, along came AGL Future Forests.
Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region and Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor – where over 90% of land has been clearer for agriculture – are the two target areas for planting the Future Forests trees.
Leading scientists and conservation groups, including Conservation International and the WWF, have identified both areas as biodiversity hotspots. These unique areas offer an opportunity to create a habitat for a wide range of Australian flora and fauna species.
Future Forests is independently audited each year with the results published as part of AGL's annual Sustainability Report. 100% of customer contributions go toward purchasing carbon offset credits, less GST.
The carbon offsets we purchase are also backed by the Australian and international standards, such as the WWF’s Gold Standard. The Gold Standard is regarded as one of the highest standards of carbon credits in the world.
We also share regular updates via email so you can see what’s happening with your Future Forests contribution.
Normally between May and July each year. Once a seedling’s grown to a suitable size and has a great chance of survival, it leaves the nursery and gets planted in one of the Future Forests target areas.
According to the Australian Energy Regulator, 87% of Australia’s electricity is produced using fossil fuels, and it’s been proven that generating energy this way adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and contributes to global warming.
It was established in 2003 as a best practice benchmark for energy projects developed under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), to make sure they’re delivering genuine emission reductions and long-term sustainable development. Endorsed by more than 80 non-government organisations (NGOs) and with over 1,100 projects across 70 countries undergoing certification, the Gold Standard is now the global benchmark for climate and development initiatives with the highest integrity and greatest impact.
For more info head to the Gold Standard website.
It’s all quite technical, but trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and store the carbon in their leaves, branches, stems, bark and roots. Actually, close to half the dry weight of a tree’s biomass is carbon.
As well as complying with the Kyoto Protocol, all of the Future Forests target areas have Carbon Rights and Carbon Covenants registered on their land titles – meaning it’s illegal for their current or future landowners to damage of remove any trees for the next 100 years.
It all depends on which Australian native species will survive and thrive best in the target area’s local habitat, but from drought-tolerant Eucalypts to woody-stemmed Acacias, up to 40 different species are being planted as part of Future Forests.