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GreenPower guarantees that renewable energy equivalent to your home’s energy usage is generated by accredited renewable energy generators, which includes wind, solar, water and bioenergy.
The cost of GreenPower can vary depending on the amount of energy you use. But with Future Forests, you pay $1 a week to offset carbon emissions based on your home’s electricity consumption.
And while you can choose one or the other, the good news is that you can get both GreenPower and Future Forests for your home.
Future Forests will be independently audited each year, with the results published as part of AGL's annual Sustainability Report. The carbon offsets we purchase are also backed by the WWF’s Gold Standard – which is regarded as one of the highest standards of carbon credits in the world.
Also, we’ll share regular updates via email (to prevent undoing your good work by printing on paper) so you can see what’s happening is our Future Forests.
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.
For starters, 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.
Both areas are globally recognised as biodiversity hotspots (as defined by leading scientists and conservation groups, including Conservation International and WWF) with the opportunity to create habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna species.
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.
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.
Australia still generates a large amount of its energy from fossil fuels.
Through Future Forests, AGL wants to make it possible for our customers to offset these emissions in an affordable and easy way using Australian forestry programs. Future Forests is a great way to do this because AGL doesn’t profit from the contributions and will cover the emissions from all of your home’s electricity usage for only $1 a week.
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.