Partnering with your business to be carbon neutral
Use high quality carbon credits to offset emissions from your business.
Track, measure and report your carbon offsets
The platform allows for monitoring and measuring your carbon credit portfolio based on up to date environmental and ecological data. You can easily export the data for annual reports or Climate Active certification.Register interest
Carbon offsets are essential to become carbon neutral certified
Businesses are leading the charge towards a net-zero economy. While switching to renewable energy, reducing emissions from travel, and minimising waste can all help in the flight against climate change - this alone is not enough.
In order to become carbon neutral, businesses must offset their remaining CO2 emissions.
Certified Australian carbon offsets ensure real CO2 reduction in the atmosphere
Carbon credits purchased through Sixth Element are fully compliant with government standards for becoming certified carbon neutral. We give you full transparency over how carbon offsets are grown - including labour used, species type, and growth rates.Register interest
How offsets will fit into your businesses ESG strategy
We're in a global race to get to 'net-zero' carbon emissions by 2050. This is the goal to which the global community has agreed will give us the best chance at stopping the worst impacts of climate change. Having clear and actionable economic, social, and governance (ESG) targets are essential for business looking to be a responsible corporate citizen. Carbon offsets are a part of this strategy towards an emissions free economy.
Australia's net-zero transition
Carbon offsets are playing a critical role in reducing emissions today, and transforming ecosystems and landscapes for the future.
Your ESG questions answered
A carbon offset (also known as a carbon credit) is a way of quantifying activities that reduce emissions in the atmosphere. Most carbon offsets are equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) removed from the atmosphere.
Traditional carbon offsets are produced through reforestation or revegetating areas of land. When trees are planted they suck in CO2 from the atmosphere and store it in their wood - resulting in emissions reduction. There are also carbon offset methods involving regenerating soils and controlling the burning of grasslands that result in emissions reduction.
Buying carbon offsets helps to compensate for the emissions a business produces. If a business buys a quantity of offsets equal to their emissions then that business is said to be carbon neutral. Buying carbon offsets are just one way a business can help transition to a net zero economy. Switching to an electricity provider that uses renewables and reducing emissions from travel are two other ways of reducing a businesses carbon emissions.
Climate Active is the certifier for carbon neutral accreditation in Australia. You can read more about their certification process for businesses on their website.
There are many different organisations and frameworks that have methods for verifying carbon offsets. One of the most robust types of carbon offset units is the Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU). An ACCU (pronounced ‘ack-you’) is accredited by the Australian Clean Energy Regulator (CER) as part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). ACCUs abide by strict methodologies for reducing carbon emissions. These methodologies are underpinned by the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011. Internationally, ACCUs are highly regarded as a premium carbon credit due to robust auditing requirements.
Carbon farmers sell their ACCUs for different prices depending on the methodology used and the ‘co-benefits’ that the offset produces above and beyond the tonne of CO2 that the offset has reduced from the atmosphere. Co-benefits describe the extra positive effects of developing offsets, including increasing species biodiversity and supporting employment in Indigenous communities.
Most businesses choose to report on emissions alongside their annual reports on a 12-month cycle. Due to new carbon credits being issued to suppliers everyday, we recommend buying ACCUs throughout the year rather than trying to purchase offsets in a single batch (e.g. on June 30).