Greener for Business teams up with industry heavyweights, to help millions of Aussie small and medium businesses (SMBs) find their path to net zero and unlock savings at the same time.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 3 OCTOBER, 2023 — Greener, a certified B Corp on a mission to help end climate change, today launched Greener for Business, helping to fast-track the path to net zero for millions of Australian businesses. The cleantech startup also announced a strategic partnership with Origin, one of Australia’s largest energy retailers — the latest in a number of big-name organisations coming together to help SMBs on their path to net zero.
Australia’s SMBs make up more than 98% of all businesses and contribute more than $506 billion to the economy. With 43% of small businesses running at a loss, and an estimated 48% of new businesses failing within the first four years, Australia’s 2.5 million SMBs are doing it tough. But with the right support, these often under-resourced and time-poor businesses can play a vital role in the fight against climate change and improve their bottom line by taking climate action.
Designed by experts using the latest environmental and behavioural science, and aligned to the UN’s Race to Zero, Greener’s first-to-market solution provides businesses with a simple step-by-step action plan to help fast-track their journey to net zero emissions. While the implementation of sustainable practices has traditionally been time-intensive and costly, Greener has built a solution that removes these pain points by making it easy for businesses to transform their operations across key emissions areas such as energy, waste, electrification, packaging, and logistics while also helping to unlock savings for their bottom line.
Backed by a coalition of partners bringing unprecedented scale and reach, including Origin, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), Sendle, Mr Yum, Shopline, Better Packaging Co, and local city councils that have declared a climate emergency including Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney, Willoughby, Yarra and Moonee Valley councils; Greener for Business gives SMBs access to simple solutions and central source of available government rebates to help them take climate action and unlock potential savings at the same time. For example, switching to LED lighting could save the average small business upwards of $2,300 and take the equivalent of 3.8 cars off the road in emissions per year and high-impact changes like installing rooftop solar could save businesses upwards of $7,000 per year on their electricity bills in less than five years.
Greener’s partnership with Origin means SMBs that join Greener for Business can unlock a range of offers on products such as GreenPower and solar to help them on their decarbonisation journey with economical and accessible options – By getting 100% GreenPower included in their electricity plan businesses can ensure that an equivalent amount of electricity from GreenPower-accredited renewable sources is added to the grid on their behalf, helping them to reduce their emissions.
“As one of Australia’s leading energy retailers, we are dedicated to supporting all our customers, including small and medium businesses, throughout their carbon reduction journey by providing tailored energy solutions,” said Origin Small and Medium Business – Retail General Manager Jonathan Mattock. “We are delighted to partner with Greener to provide small and medium businesses with affordable, customised solutions, giving customers better access to great value and a broader range of solutions outside of energy.”
“We know small and medium businesses are the backbone of Australia’s economy, but many are also cash-strapped, time-poor, and under a huge amount of pressure just keeping their heads above water,” said Tom Ferrier, Founder of Greener. “That’s why we’re working hard to help them get greener and save money at the same time. And it’s partners like Origin that help us move the needle and deliver scalable impact by making it easy for SMBs to reduce their emissions — like switching to 100% government-accredited GreenPower – one of the best ways to reduce emissions from electricity usage that they can sign up to in less than five minutes.”
Greener for Business is the first step in Greener’s ambitious plan to help accelerate Australia’s transition to net zero. By helping every small and medium business in Australia halve emissions by 2030, Greener estimates the potential impact would be the equivalent to taking 25m cars off the road in emissions, which is more than the number of cars on the road in the country today.
Certified B Corp and recognised as #1 cleantech startup in Australia, Greener provides simple solutions to help SMBs fast-track their path to net zero. Aligned with the UN Race to Zero, Greener for Business provides members with a simple, step-by-step action plan to help reduce emissions across key emissions areas such as energy, waste, electrification, packaging, and logistics while also helping to unlock savings for their bottom line at the same time. Now backed by the biggest names in business and retail (including one of Australia’s largest energy retailers, Origin and largest retail association Australian Retailers Association), Greener is on a mission to help end climate change, by making getting greener the better, easier choice for everyone.
Origin is one of Australia’s largest integrated energy companies with activities spanning electricity generation, energy retailing, renewable energy, battery storage and rooftop solar and energy services, with 4.5 million energy accounts across Australia. Origin’s ambition is to lead the energy transition through cleaner energy and customer solutions. This is supported by three strategic objectives, to provide unrivalled customer solutions; to accelerate renewable and cleaner energy; and to deliver reliable energy through the transition.