MEDIA RELEASE 9 August 2006
Northern Rivers Councils and householders join forces to combat climate change
Northern Rivers Councils are helping their residents become amongst the first
householders in the world to combat climate change by entering the revolutionary
world of carbon trading.
The Councils of Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Kyogle, Richmond Valley, and
Clarence Valley are joining Easy Being Green, a company behind a concept to
distribute Climate Change Starter Packs free of charge, which contain six energy
saving light globes and one AAA rated water saving showerhead (for electric hot
By installing these packs, a record number of Northern Rivers’ householders are
saving $150 off both their annual electricity and water bill and saves one tonne
of greenhouse gas pollution from entering earth’s atmosphere. Pack recipients
also save an average of 21,000 litres of water each year.
As part of the program, for every pack collected Northern Rivers Councils and
Easy Being Green will donate $2 to a central fund created to help local schools
become more energy and water efficient.
Northern Rivers residents are able to collect their Easy Being Green Climate
Change Starter Pack free of charge at:
- Ballina Fair from 14 - 20 August
- Lismore Square from 21 - 27 August
- Grafton Shopping World from 4 – 10 September
- Tweed City Shopping Centre from 11 - 17 September
Alternatively, residents can request a Climate Change Starter Pack by calling
1300 789 324 or registering through
The Northern Rivers Councils are members of the recently created regional
group Northern Rivers Group on Energy (NRGe), formed in response to Council’s
participation in the innovative international campaign Cities for Climate
The Councils’ alliance with Easy Being Green responds to the NRGe’s aim to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a local and regional scale by facilitating
the implementation of energy saving initiatives throughout Northern Rivers
CEO at Easy Being Green, Paul Gilding, said the current scheme in NSW is the
only one in Australia and the only one of its kind in the world, as it allows
householders to trade the pollution emissions they save.
“Easy Being Green is accredited to trade carbon credits on to energy companies
to assist them in meeting mandatory emission targets set by the NSW Greenhouse
Gas Abatement Scheme. In order to meet their targets, energy companies can
undertake their own energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives and can
also purchase carbon credits from accredited providers like Easy Being Green,”
Gilding, former Executive Director of Greenpeace International, said a critical
part of the bargain is installation.
“By installing the pack, residents can reduce greenhouse pollution, which is the
leading cause of global warming and climate change. But before receiving the
pack free of charge, each householder must sign a form pledging to install the
light globes. This then gives Easy Being Green the right to trade the value of
the energy they save by installing these light globes,” he said.
“Everybody wins with installation: the householder saves money by reducing their
power bills, the environment benefits and Easy Being Green trades its carbon
certificates, which helps to promote reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Because of our commitment, we survey customers to monitor installation in order
to resolve any problems they might have.
“So far, Easy Being Green has given away over 145,000 packs. Our goal is to see
that one million householders in NSW install the packs before 2007 and that 70
percent of Australian homes reduce energy and water use by 30 percent in 10
years,” Gilding said.
Easy Being Green’s Climate Change Starter packs are just one way householders
can reduce their impact on the environment.
“We are also offering Northern Rivers residents the chance to sign up to Green
Power, which provides electricity from renewable energy sources, rather than
coal-fired power plants,” Gilding said.
Easy Being Green, in partnership with leading integrated energy business and
Green Power retailer, TRUenergy, is helping householders double their options to
tackle climate change. When signing up to receive a Climate Change Pack,
recipients can opt to receive further information about TRUenergy’s government
accredited green energy products, including TRUenergy Wind - a 100 percent wind
power energy plan.
Easy Being Green is currently looking for passionate campaigners across NSW to
join their team. Please call Lachlan on 1 800 450 123 or email
To collect your Climate Change Starter Pack free of charge and receive more
information on Green Power, visit the friendly Easy Being Green teams at Ballina
Fair, Lismore Square, Grafton Shopping World and Tweed City Shopping Centre on
the listed dates or go to the website at
Released for Easy Being Green by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations.
For further information please call Fiona Pennington or Kim Larochelle on 02