Restoring Australia’s natural beauty

The Westmere Regeneration Project creates Australian Carbon Credit Units and supports local graziers to contribute to a more sustainable future.

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Carbon offset schemes enable people to help investments in certain projects and contribute to reducing their own carbon footprint. These projects are designed to help reduce and remove future greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a more sustainable future.

First things first, what are carbon offset projects?

Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are a by-product of various aspects of our lives, including using electricity and gas and may contribute to climate change. Individuals and companies can play a role in reducing their carbon footprint by supporting carbon offset projects.

Carbon offset projects are projects commonly designed to reduce and remove future emissions, such as through clean energy technology or protecting ancient forests from being cleared. By helping investments in carbon offset projects around the world, individuals and businesses can reduce their carbon footprint and play a part in a more sustainable future.

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The Australian landscape

Australia has such unique beauty that is loved by locals and visitors from around the world. It’s a country made up of vast plains, gently rolling hills, beautiful beaches and desert land.

Large areas of Australia are also grazed by livestock and overrun with feral animals, such as goats and pigs. While livestock grazing is an important economic activity for rural Australia, it can limit forest growth as tree saplings are often damaged or eaten by stock before they can grow.

Many carbon offset projects help restore natural vegetation to land and regenerate the Australian landscape, like the Australian Westmere Native Forest Regeneration Project.

What is the Australian Westmere Regeneration Project?

The Australian Westmere Native Forest Regeneration Project was established to help regenerate land that has been cleared of vegetation, and where regrowth of native plant-life has been suppressed for at least ten years, usually by grazing or feral animals.

The land is given the opportunity to regenerate as a result of project activities which include eliminating livestock, managing feral animals and removing non-native plants.

Image credit: South Pole Australia

By allowing native vegetation to grow and flourish, livestock may be reintroduced into the area in a managed way that does not significantly impact the accumulated carbon. Farmers can then begin agricultural production and create revenue, in turn helping to further fund sustainable practices.

AGL’s support for the Australian Westmere Regeneration Project

AGL is enabling its customers to reduce their carbon footprint by contributing to carbon offsets that it has pre-purchased. These offsets come from projects that the AGL team has carefully selected for the additional benefits they drive for communities beyond their important carbon offsetting abilities.

When it comes to choosing carbon offsets, there’s a wide range of options to look at. But we believe in selecting projects that we think will make a real difference, which is why we’re supporting projects with Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

The Australian Westmere Regeneration Project is one of those projects which AGL considers drives additional benefits consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. This is why we’ve chosen to support the project through its carbon offsets.

That means that when customers choose, through AGL, to offset emissions associated with the electricity and gas supplied to their premises, they’re contributing to native forest regeneration and supporting local graziers in NSW. You can add Carbon Neutral to an AGL electricity plan for $1 a week (GST incl.) and to an AGL gas plan for $0.50 a week (GST incl.). For internet, mobile, and residential solar and battery products, Carbon Neutral is automatically included.

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