Australia’s Origin Energy said it is goning beyond the National Green Power Accreditation Program’s requirements by deciding to purchase green electricity for all of its business sites. The company described it as “a move that will save over 40,000 tonnes of CO2 over four years or the equivalent of taking over 2,000 cars off the road annually.”

Announcing the move to coincide with the release of its 2003 Sustainability Report to Stakeholders, Origin Energy’s managing director, Grant King, said:

“Reducing the carbon intensity of our own activities complements the clean energy choices we offer to our customers and our investment in renewable energy technologies.”

Under the National Green Power Accreditation Scheme, Origin is required to purchase 25% of its retail division’s energy load as green electricity. Origin has estimated that it will purchase substantially more than its entire retail load over four years through purchasing an average of nearly 10,000 MWh per annum of green electricity.

Mr King said: “In preparing the company’s second Sustainability Report we have significantly improved our ability to report on a series of sustainability measures. This year is the first time we have measured greenhouse gas emissions associated with our offices, retail outlets and operating sites, providing us with a better understanding of our greenhouse gas inventory and helping us identify abatement and reduction opportunities such as our purchase of green electricity.”

Origin will purchase its green electricity as ‘GreenEarth Wind’, a product sourced entirely from wind energy generation sources, and selected from Origin’s GreenEarth range.