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Belong is Australia's first carbon neutral telco

We’re Australia’s first certified carbon neutral telco under the Climate Active program. Climate Active is a partnership between the Australian Government and Australian business.

Being carbon neutral means that carbon emissions associated with operating our mobile and broadband services is offset by certified projects that we’re investing in.

We do this for all of our customers at no extra cost to you.

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How we’re doing it

We measured the total carbon generated by how our business is run, and how our products are sold and used. We then invest in Australian renewable energy projects and other United Nations certified projects that remove an equivalent amount of carbon from the atmosphere. These may be existing projects such as Telstra’s own Murra Warra Wind Farm in Victoria and Emerald Solar Park in Queensland, or new ones that we’re helping get off the ground.

Both the way we measure our carbon footprint and the projects we invest in must meet strict criteria set by Climate Active. Underpinned by government, Climate Active is Australia’s most rigorous and credible carbon neutral initiative.

We’re doing this without passing on any cost to you, because carbon neutrality should not come at a premium.

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Why we’re doing it

Our carbon neutral strategy draws upon the wisdom of First Peoples’ connection with Country, which has continued for over 65,000 years in Australia. This wisdom is critical to addressing the global threat posed by climate change.

We agree with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and their findings, and we want to clean up after ourselves.

This means taking ownership, putting our money where our mouth is and becoming carbon neutral.

The role of telco and the IT industry in climate change

Telecommunications and IT services connect people and businesses in ways that reduce carbon emissions. This can be from many sources such as removing the need for transport by shopping online or using video conferencing.

That said, telcos and IT companies are still responsible for a lot of carbon emissions (in absolute terms). That’s why it’s so important to reduce our emissions and to invest in renewable energy projects in Australia.