Worried about your carbon footprint? You're not alone. According to Finder research, the number of concerned Australians grew by 3 percentage points to 69% from 66% in 2021.
Every action counts. Check out these green mobile plan providers and start doing your part today.
2022 Finder Green Award winner for Green Mobile Plan Provider of the Year
felix finally claimed victory in this category after missing out in 2021. felix's use of 100% renewable energy and its tree planting program in which it plants a tree for every customer helped it stand out from the competition.
2022 Finder Green Award finalists
It takes more than a single business to make a change. The 2 others that stood out as finalists for the Finder Green Awards for Mobile Plan Provider are:
What's considered a green telco?
When selecting a Finder Green Award winner, we look at multiple elements specific to the telco space. These include general environmental criteria such as:
- Emissions intensity (including offsets)
- Energy from renewable sources
- Waste avoiding landfill
- Targets for emissions, renewable energy use and waste
- Public climate change plan
- Other external accreditation and benchmarks
The telco-specific criteria are:
- Recycling or refurbishing e-waste
- Carbon-neutral products
- Incentives or discounts that encourage sustainable behaviour
What is a carbon-neutral mobile plan?
A mobile plan is carbon-neutral when the carbon emissions related to its production (and other business practices) are effectively zero. The telco company achieves this by getting involved in offset projects that "neutralise" the carbon footprint by removing an equal amount of carbon from the atmosphere.
In Australia, companies can apply for Climate Active certification to show their carbon-neutral status.
Climate Active certification requires companies to:
- Calculate its emissions
- Create a carbon reduction strategy
- Purchase offsets
- Have their data audited
- Keep a public summary of its carbon-neutral claim and update it annually
The Finder Green Award winner for 2022 felix, for example, has gone through this process for its product and services. felix is 100% powered by renewable electricity and goes the extra mile by planting a tree every month per customer.
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What are the carbon-neutral mobile plans in Australia?
Carbon-neutral-certified mobile plan providers in Australia include:
Other green telcos to consider
While they aren't registered as carbon-neutral-certified with Climate Active, a few mobile providers striving to be greener include:
- Optus (committed to using 100% renewable electricity by 2025)
- TPG/Vodafone (committed to using 100% renewable electricity for its Australian operations by 2025)
felix was the first telco in Australia to be 100% powered by renewable energy and was certified carbon-neutral in 2020. felix plants a tree on your behalf for every month you're a customer.
Belong was the first telco in Australia to receive Climate Active certification back in 2019. Belong invests in renewable energy projects locally and overseas.
Goodtel is socially and climate-conscious, donating 50% of its proceeds to good causes. It received Climate Active certification in 2021 and supports carbon reduction projects abroad and locally.
Telstra is the largest carbon-neutral telco and has been Climate Active-certified since 2020. Telstra supports green projects in India and at home in Western Australia and Queensland.
AGL's phone products are Climate Active-certified. AGL offsets carbon by getting involved in projects in Western Australia, Cambodia and Kenya.
- Keep in mind: While AGL has made strides to become carbon-neutral, it is also still Australia's largest carbon emitter.
Southern Phone's mobile plans have been Climate Active-certified since 2021. Southern Phone is a subsidiary of AGL and supports the same projects.