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Our new Carbon Tracker

Have you ever wondered about the carbon impact of your electricity usage? Our new Carbon Tracker is here to help!

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The Carbon Tracker gives you up-to-date data about the level of carbon emissions from the electricity generation across New Zealand, throughout the day. Carbon emissions are the emissions of carbon dioxide or CO2. Carbon dioxide emissions are the main driver of global warming and climate change (Source: GenLess)

With the Carbon Tracker you’ll be able to get a better understanding the times of day when carbon emissions are high (or low) and how to best reduce your carbon impact.

You can find the new Carbon Tracker in the ‘Usage & Rates’ section of the Octopus Energy web app which is optimised for mobile and desktop devices.

How do I use this tool?

If you want to take an active approach to reducing the carbon impact of your electricity use, then the Carbon Tracker is for you. 

You can use the Carbon Tracker to understand whether the level of carbon emissions from recent electricity generation is low, medium or high. If reducing your carbon impact is important to you, you can use this data to shift electricity usage to times of day when the carbon emissions are low or medium.

How can I shift my usage?

We all need electricity throughout the day, and reducing usage isn’t always practical. Everyone likes dinner on the table at a reasonable time! However, depending on your circumstances, there could be electricity use you could shift to another time of day with a bit of planning or creativity.

Examples of electricity usage you could shift include, when you do your laundry, charging your EV, and heating and cooling your home. 

What do the levels in the Carbon Tracker mean?

By engaging with the Carbon Tracker you can make small changes to your household usage, if that’s practical for you, to reduce the amount of electricity you use when carbon emissions are high.

Our Carbon Tracker is split into three levels to indicate the amount of carbon emissions at a given time:

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In New Zealand, we are fortunate to have an abundance of renewable sources that generate most of our electricity. Over 2022, 87% of electricity generated came from renewable sources. The main renewable sources include geothermal, hydro and wind. That means when carbon emissions are considered high at any given time, up to 70% is still renewable due to geography, resources and weather conditions.

Once using the Carbon Tracker, you may spot patterns in the day that help you shift your usage, habitually. 

Generally, our pricing structure also reflects this change in carbon emissions throughout the day with our Time of Use pricing: Peak, Off-Peak and Night. So you are often paying less when emissions are low.

How are the carbon emissions calculated in the Carbon Tracker?

The Carbon Tracker provides market data from the em6 Dashboard provided by Energy Market Services (EMS) up to the last half hour. The em6 is New Zealand’s electricity data hub that provides access to market data, including generation and carbon emissions indicators. It is considered the go-to resource for generation data in New Zealand.

Our Carbon Tracker is another way Octopus Energy is making it easy for customers to access affordable power as we transition to a clean energy future.

Published on 26th September 2023
Monique O'Malley
Monique O'MalleyHead of Marketing

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