Green lifestyles at work and home
As well as helping McDonald’s restaurants and their customers embrace sustainability, EnergyAustralia is also encouraging its employees to live greener lifestyles.
The company is working with McDonald’s to offer an exclusive discounted rate on employees’ energy plans, and offset emissions associated with their home energy use through its Go Neutral programme.
To offset emissions, EnergyAustralia buys carbon offset units from climate action projects that bring about economic and social benefits around the world, including forest regrowth and savanna fire prevention projects in Australia and a large-scale LED light promotion in India.
The Go Neutral programme has given EnergyAustralia customers the opportunity to offset their emissions from home electricity use since 2016. It was extended to gas in May 2020, and to Business Carbon Neutral in June 2020.
To date, more than 250,000 customers have chosen to have the emissions from their energy use offset. More than 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide have been offset, which is the equivalent of taking around 500,000 cars off the road for a year.
Milestones to a greener tomorrow
EnergyAustralia now has certification from Climate Active, an initiative between the Australian government and businesses to drive voluntary climate action. EnergyAustralia has the largest certified offset offering in the Australian energy sector, and the second largest offering nationwide.
The company’s ambition is to be carbon neutral by 2050. Its approach involves supporting the development of clean energy while helping customers manage their own consumption to use less energy, generate fewer emissions, and save money.
Its successful partnership with McDonalds has demonstrated EnergyAustralia’s commitment to clean energy transformation, and is a milestone on the country’s journey to a new era of sustainability.