Origin

Origin

Origin is one of Australia’s leading energy companies with more than four million customer accounts and a rich heritage in energy exploration, production, power generation. We are one of the leading providers of electricity, natural gas, LPG and solar to homes and businesses throughout Australia, and LPG in the Pacific.

Our purpose of ‘getting energy right for our customers, community and planet' underpins everything we do, and we understand our responsibility to our stakeholders.

We are focused on delivering good energy that is reliable, sustainable, and affordable to our customers today, as well as connecting them to energy and technologies of the future.

We recognise we have an important role to play in shaping a clean energy future.

Public Disclosure Statements

Opt-in solar PV product

  • Certification type: Product
  • Year: 2022
  • Publication date: 14/07/2022

Opt-in demand response product

  • Certification type: Product
  • Year: 2022
  • Publication date: 14/07/2022

Opt-in natural gas product

  • Certification type: Product
  • Year: 2021
  • Publication date: 17/03/2021

Opt-in LPG product

  • Certification type: Product
  • Year: 2021
  • Publication date: 17/03/2021

Opt-in electricity product

  • Certification type: Product
  • Year: 2021
  • Publication date: 29/07/2021

“We recognise we have an important role to play in shaping a clean energy future.”

Type of certification

Product

How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

Since January 2021.

Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?

As a large energy company delivering electricity and natural gas to more than four million customer accounts, we recognise we have an important role to play in shaping a clean energy future.

We recognise the responsibility of our company to show leadership in addressing the challenge of climate change.

One of the ways we do this is by empowering our customers with options for cleaner, smarter energy solutions.

Carbon neutral certified products are a simple and affordable way for customers to reduce their environmental footprint and create a better future for the next generation.

What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

Our carbon neutral certifications allows our customers to opt -in to these products to offset the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the supply and consumption of their natural gas [Green Gas], electricity [Origin Go Zero] or LPG [Green LPG]. Customers can also opt-in to offset emissions associated with solar PV product and installation [Carbon Neutral Solar]. In addition, the Carbon Neutral Demand Response product certification allows customers to opt-in to offset emissions associated with the production and consumption of alternative fuel used in a Demand Response event.

These carbon neutral certified products help to offset emissions across the overall supply chain and increase awareness of the impacts of these emissions. They allow customers to actively participate in offsetting emissions from energy they use.

What offset projects do you support?

Origin supports a range of credible offsets sourced locally and internationally. To date we have purchased offsets from a range of projects, including native forest protection and human-induced regeneration projects in Australia, as well as offsets from international projects accredited under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB).

Why did you choose these project?

The stated objectives of these projects are to achieve several key conservation and community benefits including (as applicable):

  • protection, regeneration and rehabilitation of native plant species and forests
  • protection of soils through managed grazing and prevention of broad scale clearing
  • better management practices and fire risk mitigation
  • management of feral animals to protect forests.
  • creation of local employment, improved food security and access to clean water, access to health care service.
  • community development, education, and training program such as agroforestry, chicken farms, training farmers in conservation agriculture; creation of alternative and environmentally friendly source of income and sustainable use of the natural resources.
  • stopped conversion of project area to palm oil plantation including logging and burning trees and forests.
  • biodiversity conservation, decrease in poaching pressure on wildlife.

How can customers support you?

By choosing certified carbon neutral, and low and zero carbon products, you are helping to offset and reduce the carbon footprint from the consumption of energy and encouraging the development of more emissions-reducing technologies in the future.

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

As one of Australia’s leading energy providers, we are committed to leading the transition to a low carbon economy and connecting our customers to the energy and technologies of the future.

In 2017, we committed to reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50% by 2032, with these targets endorsed by the independent Science Based Targets initiative.

We also committed to reducing Scope 3 emissions by 25% by 2032, from an FY2017 baseline.

We have a short-term target to reduce Scope 1 emissions by 10% on average over FY2021-23, from an FY2017 baseline, while longer-term, we aim to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

We have announced the potential early closure of our only coal fired power station Eraring in 2025 with planning underway for 700 MW battery to be constructed on the site. Any retirement of Eraring Power Station in mid-2025 is expected to remove a significant proportion of Origin’s Scope 1 emissions, delivering on the company’s commitment to help achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, ahead of 2030.

Origin will also seek to bring online additional renewable and storage capacity and is exploring opportunities to develop value chains for export-scale renewable hydrogen. We are also reducing emissions across our business, from the use of artificial intelligence to run our assets more efficiently, investing in solar at our operational sites to run them off renewable energy, to transitioning our fleet to electric vehicles where we can.  We recently joined EV100, a global initiative to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles.

What has been the impact of your action?

Since January 2021, Origin has added five Climate Active carbon neutral certified products – Origin Go Zero, Green Gas, Green LPG and most recently the Carbon Neutral Solar product and Carbon Neutral Demand Response product.

What advice would you give to a business considering certification?

Certification will help to demonstrate your business’ commitment to addressing climate change and give customers the confidence of a carbon neutral certified product backed by the Australian Government with an underlying framework that is credible and rigorous.

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