Community Climate Chest or C3 is an initiative that gives you access to cheaper, tax-deductible GreenPower and carbon offsets online.
What is GreenPower?
GreenPower is a program that offers electricity consumers the chance to support renewable energy generation. It was developed in consultation with the energy industry and environment groups like the Australian Conservation Foundation and Greenpeace.
How does C3 work?
The not-for-profit C3 scheme offers cheaper GreenPower from a range of renewable energy generators, and allows you to choose which generator you get your GreenPower from. C3 only purchases government-accredited GreenPower, plus carbon offsets accredited under the international Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS).
C3 charges only minimal administrative fees, payments are tax-deductible and GST does not apply. This means you can save in the range of 25% – 50% on GreenPower and carbon offsets, depending on current renewable energy prices and personal taxation levels.
Who uses it?
Beginning in rural Victoria, C3 is now creating a national coalition of charitable environmental and community groups called C3 Community Agents, who can market GreenPower and carbon offsets to their own members and partner organisations.
Currently, Renew and the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group administer and promote C3.
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