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Vehicle emissions offset scheme (VEOS)

Do something great for the environment today

Like many Australians, you’re probably wondering how your day-to-day routine can be more sustainable. Offsetting the emissions from your vehicle is an immediate step towards climate action.

Today, when you renew your vehicle registration, you can now offset one of the largest sources of carbon emissions – your daily vehicle commute.

NSW light vehicles emit around 2.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year on average. By offsetting your emissions, you’re getting behind various projects that support the environment, including those that regenerate tracts of bushland and re-establish native forest. The NSW Government is committed to net zero emissions by 2050. We’re now on track to halve emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels while continuing to grow the economy. There’s plenty we can do together to reach this goal.

Offsets are a valuable tool in emission reduction 

While climate change isn’t going to be solved by offsets alone, it provides an important avenue of emission reduction. Offsets are a valuable part of the solution for emissions specifically the emissions from your vehicle.

Carbon offset projects involve activities that either avoid or decrease carbon emissions. Carbon avoidance could be generating electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Meanwhile, activities that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere take the form of tree planting, restoring native vegetation or soil carbon sequestration to lock those emissions away.

When you choose to offset, this scheme will purchase Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs), from a carbon offset provider who meets the NSW government’s highest standards. Each credit will then be retired meaning they are taken off the market, ensuring the project - and your contribution - are achieving maximum benefit.

Our partner carbon offset provider is Corporate Carbon Advisory Pty Ltd, they:

Corporate Carbon Advisory Pty Ltd is one of Australia’s largest-scale and longest running providers of climate solutions through the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). Since 2010 they have reduced over 10 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and are a leading project owner and developer in the Australian carbon industry, with 1.4 million acres of land-based projects.

Projects range from forest regeneration, native tree planting and approaches to storing carbon in soil. Working with the land, their carbon projects enhance and enable agricultural production, promoting biodiversity, improving the soil, and reducing emissions, all while creating a positive impact on the communities and industries they interact with across Australia.

Staff from Corporate Carbon in paddock

Your contribution will support multiple land-based projects across NSW, such as the Longdowns Regeneration Project. Such projects help to restore native vegetation and remove or sequester carbon. The technical term for this is ‘carbon dioxide drawdown through the human-induced regeneration method’.

Established in the Northwest region of NSW, this project is regenerating native forests that have been damaged by agricultural land uses such as grazing. Benefits of this project include increased biodiversity in the region, improved soil retention, increased habitat for wildlife, shelter for livestock and diversified revenue for farmers.

Trees that are part of regeneration project

Offset today

Do something great for the environment. Offset your emissions next time you renew your vehicle registration.
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