Reduce your carbon footprint
climate change can appear overwhelming, there are a number of ways you
can take direct action to make your home and lifestyle more
environmentally friendly and to reduce your personal carbon
What you can do right now
Australia generates more pollution per person than any developed country,
including the United States. We produce more pollution per person than India
and China. Australia’s carbon pollution is high because our electricity
is mainly generated by burning coal. Other contributors are the transport and
mining industries, industry, farming and deforestation.
Acting now is cheaper than acting later. Millions of households will be
better off through Clean Energy Future.
Households that improve their energy efficiency can help the environment
and save money. Because households that do use less energy will still get
to keep all of their tax cuts and payment increases, the carbon price will
still provide them with a financial incentive to do their bit for the
environment. The revenue from the carbon price will pay for new permanent
tax cuts for millions of Australians. No-one will pay more income tax. The
tax-free threshold will be increased from $6,000 to $18,200 in 2012, which
is tripled. In 2015 it will increase to $19,400. And up to one million
Australians will be freed from having to lodge a tax return.
The Australian Government has a range of incentives that can help you to
make the transition.
Through the GreenPower initiative, Australian households and businesses
can choose to purchase some, or all, of their electricity from renewable
sources. By purchasing GreenPower you can further encourage reductions in
power generation emissions through support of renewable generation.
Offsetting your carbon pollution
Once you have reduced your carbon pollution emissions as much as possible
by becoming more energy efficient and making smarter choices, you can reduce
your carbon pollution even further by offsetting remaining emissions.
Offsetting your own emissions simply means that you pay someone else to
reduce the carbon pollution in the atmosphere to offset your emissions. For
example, you may pay someone to plant and maintain a forest plantation that
absorbs carbon pollution from the atmosphere.
To provide Australians with certainty that the offsets they buy are
genuine, the Government has developed the National Carbon
Offset Standard (NCOS) to ensure there are clear criteria around how
offsets are generated, verified and calculated.
Carbon Farming Initiative
Domestic offsets to meet the NCOS eligibility criteria will be provided
for under the Carbon Farming
NCOS Carbon Neutral Program
The NCOS Carbon
Neutral Program allows the Australian operations of organisations or
Australian products to be certified under the NCOS as carbon neutral, meaning
that net emissions associated with a product or an organisation’s
activities are equal to zero. A trade mark has been developed to provide
consumers with confidence that organisations and products bearing the trade
mark are committed to carbon neutrality in a way that achieves genuine