Origin is one of Australia’s leading energy companies with more than four million customers 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.”
Type of certification
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 customers, 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 cleaner, smarter energy solutions.
Carbon neutral 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?
This carbon neutral certification will allow our customers to offset the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the supply and consumption of their natural gas and/or LPG.
What offset projects do you support?
Origin will support 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.
Why did you choose this project?
These projects will achieve a number of key conservation benefits including:
- protecting soil from degradation through managed grazing
- protection and regeneration of numerous native plant species
- prevention of broad scale clearing, and
- fire risk mitigation.
How can consumers support you?
By choosing low and zero carbon products, you are reducing 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.
Our work on low emissions technologies and zero and low carbon future fuels include collaborations in green hydrogen and ammonia, battery storage and utilising data and analytics to help incorporate more distributed and renewable generation into energy supply. 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 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 product backed by the Australian Government with an underlying framework that is credible and rigorous.