Green, clean energy… what does it actually mean?

At Origin, we have the experience and knowledge to help you make better choices about the energy that you use.

We offer products with accreditations from GreenPower, and we’re focused on delivering cleaner, smarter energy solutions every day.

Offset 100% of emissions associated with your business or household consumption of electricity or natural gas with a 100% carbon neutral Climate Active certified product, Origin Go Zero for electricity and Green Gas for natural gas.

It shouldn’t cost the earth

We’re firm believers in doing good for our customers and the planet, and we’re striving to make it as affordable as possible.

Tick the box for the option you want when you sign up, and know you’re doing your bit for the environment.

See the costs of going green

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GreenPower for electricity

Put government-accredited renewably-sourced energy into the electricity grid. Choose GreenPower.

GreenPower costs
 Estimated extra cost
100% GreenPower2.8c/kWH est. $2.69 per week

Estimates are based on an average household’s 13 week quarterly electricity bill and an annual electricity usage of 5,000kWh. All charges and estimates include GST.

The GreenPower program

GreenPower is a government-accredited program that allows individuals and businesses to support the generation of renewable energy. When you buy GreenPower, the equivalent percentage (25%, 50% of 100%) of your electricity consumption is “matched” with renewable energy. This energy doesn’t feed directly into your power supply, but is added to the grid on your behalf by providers like us. Renewable generators are accredited by GreenPower to make sure that it is a renewable source – these include wind, solar or hydro.

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100% carbon neutral options

Be part of something good. Do your bit for the planet by offsetting your carbon emissions with 100% carbon neutral options.

Choose Origin Go Zero for 100% carbon neutral electricity and 100% carbon neutral Green Gas. When you add Origin Go Zero to your energy plan, we’ll offset the relevant greenhouse gas emissions associated with your consumption of electricity or natural gas. Origin will support a range of credible offsets sourced locally and internationally.

Both Origin Go Zero and Green Gas are certified carbon neutral by Climate Active – an initiative backed by the Australian Government.

You can also sign up to Green LPG, a 100% carbon neutral LPG product.

Residential (options and pricing available from 7 December 2021)
Origin Go Zero – 100% carbon neutral (electricity)$1.50/week
Green Gas – 100% carbon neutral (natural gas)$1/week
About our carbon reduction scheme

Read up on how our Carbon Reduction Scheme (CRS) works and see the latest audit statement:

More on our Carbon Reduction Scheme (up to December 2020)

The Climate Active network

We’re pleased to be a part of the Climate Active network – a government-backed program helping organisations protect our climate. Climate Active provides certifications for products and services, and to organisations that can prove that they’re actively measuring, reducing and offsetting their emissions. Our Green Gas and Green LPG products help customers reduce their environmental impact.

Climate Active Carbon Neutral Product

How Origin is supporting cleaner, greener energy

We’re one of Australia’s largest energy retailers – and we’re fully committed to supporting and developing cleaner, greener energy initiatives. You can see this in our global agreements and the local projects that we support.

We’re passionate about a more sustainable future for our planet. We aim to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2050. 

We are committed to helping lead the transition to a low-carbon future by progressively decarbonising our business. We invest in technologies to help our customers to do the same. Read our latest Sustainability Report

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We unequivocally support the Paris Agreement and measures to progressively reduce global emissions.

The transition to a low-emissions energy sector is a strategic priority for Origin and we have a five-pillar approach to decarbonisation

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We have science-based targets to reduce Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions, and we’re updating our emissions reduction targets to be consistent with a 1.5°C pathway.

We believe the electricity sector should do more than its proportional share in helping to reduce Australia’s emissions.


Our decarbonisation strategy

Exiting coal-fired generation by 2032

Using gas as a lower emissions fuel

Empowering customers with cleaner, smarter energy solutions

Demonstrating leadership in climate change advocacy


What our customers are doing

Signing up to cleaner energy – GreenPower, Green Gas and Green LPG

We love seeing our customers make a difference. Over 117,000 of you contribute every month to GreenPower, Green Gas and Green LPG.

Saving energy, earning points and redeeming rewards with Origin Spike

Over 25,000 customers (and counting) have joined Spike. It’s a fantastic way to reduce the load on the electricity grid during peak periods. How does it work? Pretty easy. We message you to let you know about upcoming peak periods so you can turn down your energy usage for a “SpikeHour”. If you meet your energy-saving goals, you can earn points that are redeemable into real rewards like PayPal cash and gift cards.

Going solar with Australia’s renewable energy source

Over 25% of Aussie homes unlock the power of the sun as a way to offset their footprint, and to lower their energy bills too! Our solar installers have now put more than 1.6 million solar panels on roofs across Australia, making us the largest solar installer of all the energy providers. And because we know one size doesn’t fit all with solar, we have invested in a range of solar inverters, batteries and solar packages.

Joining the Origin Loop virtual power plant

Smart, connected and agile, our new energy grid uses technology to accelerate the role of renewables in our lives and lessen our reliance on fossil fuels. Get more control over your energy use, bring power to communities and get rewarded.

The nitty gritty of cleaner, green energy

We understand that choosing cleaner, green energy might seem a little daunting at first – with terms like “renewable energy”, “the grid”. We’re here to break it down for you. 

When you choose GreenPower with your electricity plan, we offset or “match” the equivalent amount (25%, 50% or 100%) of your household electricity consumption with electricity produced from renewable energy sources. Renewable energy really means energy that’s produced using natural resources, like the sun and the wind that are constantly replaced and they never run out. The renewable energy we buy comes from a number of different sources like wind and solar (sun).


GreenPower

Origin offers you the option of 25%, 50% or 100% for our GreenPower electricity plans. So it’s really up to you how much of an impact you want to make. Let’s say you choose 50% GreenPower for your electricity. That means we’ll buy an amount equivalent to 50% of your household electricity consumption from renewable energy sources. This energy doesn’t feed directly into your power supply, but is added to Australia’s electricity grid on your behalf. And you can rest assured that all of the renewable energy we buy comes from GreenPower accredited sources. 


Green Gas, Green LPG and Origin Go Zero

We offer 100% carbon neutral products under Green Gas for natural gas, Green LPG for LPG and Origin Go Zero for electricity to reduce your impact on the environment. We do this by offsetting the relevant greenhouse gas emissions from your natural gas, LPG or electricity usage. Offsetting means that we calculate the greenhouse emissions generated by the use of gas, LPG or electricity you buy from us – and we will purchase carbon credits from projects that prevent or remove an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases from being emitted elsewhere. 


What is carbon offsetting?

Put simply, carbon offsets are generated from projects that look to reduce or remove greenhouse emissions from the atmosphere in order to offset, or compensate for emissions already made elsewhere. Some examples of these projects include reforestation (the process that involves replanting an area with trees, which pull carbon out of the atmosphere), renewable energy (using energy from a source that is not depleted when used, like wind or solar power) and energy efficiency (using energy more effectively that eliminates energy waste and reduces emissions).


How many Aussies are choosing cleaner energy?

Based on the 2019 GreenPower Annual Compliance Report, Origin have 42% of customers who choose green electricity from the total number of GreenPower providers. That makes up 31% of the total GreenPower volume.


Our current, Aussie-based projects

We’re harnessing hydrogen’s potential as a clean transport fuel. As the global demand for hydrogen grows, we’re focused on creating and adding supply and demand within Australia. As part of our efforts, we’re working on a renewable-offset project in NSW to produce hydrogen. This involves building a 500 kW electrolyser to use renewable energy from Origin’s contracted wind and solar renewable energy generation assets to convert water into hydrogen. Another project in Tasmania involves a study into the feasibility of a large-scale hydrogen and ammonia plant. Read more about the projects we’re working on in our own backyard in our latest Sustainability Report. An example of Origin’s investment in meeting Australian renewable energy targets is our energy partnership with the Sydney Swans, to help them transition to a cleaner energy future.

Where our renewable energy sources come from

Wind energy generation

Wind energy turns blades on turbines that produce electricity.

Mini hydro generation

Moving water turns turbines that produce electricity.

Solar energy generation

Solar cells (also known as photovoltaic cells) convert the sun’s rays into electricity.

Biomass and biogas renewable energy sources

Organic sources (like plant material and methane gas) can generate electricity.