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Casey Whitelaw

Casey is the founder of Go Neutral, a carbon offsetting platform for automobile owners. Casey pivoted from a career in technology to focus on climate action to build a better future for the next generation. He sees a future where Australia isn't just net zero, but has become a carbon capturing superpower. A future where rebuilding our land has also rebuilt our economy, so that our country and people can thrive.

Read more about Casey and Go Neutral below.

Can you tell us more about Go Neutral?

Go Neutral makes it easy for everyone to take meaningful action on climate change. We make carbon offset products that support 100% Australian carbon removal projects. We believe in the power of positive action, and the importance of inclusion: together, we can make a real difference. We're starting with cars. Like it or not, most people need to drive, and it will be years until we all have EVs. Until then, get a Go Neutral sticker! When you buy a Go Neutral sticker, you make your car carbon neutral for a year. You've taken responsibility for your emissions, and you're also spreading the word about climate action wherever you go.

Why is Go Neutral taking climate action?

We want everyone to feel empowered to do more to slow climate change. You shouldn't have to be an expert or an eco-warrior. Real impact comes from getting more people involved: instead of demanding perfection, we want everyone to do what they can, and feeling great when they do!

Can you tell us about your commitments to climate action? 

We support Australian carbon sequestration projects because it builds a better future for us all. Regenerating our land not only removes carbon from the air, it also improves the soil, creates more forest, and strengthens our climate resilience. We are helping build a new regional industry.

Is there a project you are working on that you are excited about?

Go Neutral stickers are popping up everywhere. From inner-city hybrids to country utes, from family vans to a student's first car. Each one is a sign that people want to take action - and that action is easier than you think.

What real-world opportunities have you uncovered from taking climate action today? 

Every week, I meet people from different walks of life who care about climate, but don't fit the stereotypes we have. I want Go Neutral to help show that everyone can make a difference, and that it's much more important to focus on the big steps that you can take, than to be discouraged by the ways in which we can't be perfect.

What climate action would you like to see Australia take?

At this point, net zero 2050 commitments aren't enough: we need to start treating decarbonisation as an opportunity, and embrace it as fully and quickly as possible. We have been worrying about cost when we should be working out how Australia can lead the way to a better future for us all.

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Join the Public Transport Declaration

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Join RE100 because this is a great thing to do

RE100 is a global initiative bringing together the world’s most influential businesses driving the transition to 100% renewable electricity. Led by the Climate Group and in partnership with CDP, our mission is to accelerate change towards zero carbon grids at scale. Companies in the commercial and industrial sector account for around half of the world’s end-of-use of electricity. We're switching this demand to renewable electricity.

Behyad Jafari

Behyad is CEO at the Electric Vehicle Council. He sees opportunities for Australia's transport sector in transitioning to zero emissions, better futures. "Not only do we have the raw minerals required for battery production, but the innovative entrepreneurs to realise opportunities for industry development and job creation right across the value chain," said Behyad Jafari. 

Read more from our interview with Behyad below.

What is the Electric Vehicle Council? 

The Electric Vehicle Council is the national body representing the electric vehicle industry in Australia. Representing companies involved in providing, powering and supporting electric vehicles, our mission is to accelerate the electrification of road transport for a sustainable and prosperous Australia.

Why is the Electric Vehicle Council taking climate action? 

Transport is Australia’s second largest and fastest growing source of emissions. As our electricity system continues to decarbonise, the solution is simple, fuel our vehicles with renewable electricity. A move to EVs is not only good for the environment, but the health of our people and our economy. In Australia, more people die each from vehicle emissions than vehicle crashes. The transition to EVs has the more immediate impact of cleaner air, improving public health and reducing our dependence on imported oil.

What does climate action look like for the Electric Vehicle Council? 

Developing, advocating for and supporting policies to transition Australia’s vehicle fleet to electric.

Is there something you are working on that you are excited about?

We are working with State and Territory governments across Australia to transition all public bus fleets to electric.

What opportunities are presented by taking climate action today? 

The global transition to electric vehicles presents a massive opportunity for Australia. Not only do we have the raw minerals required for battery production, but the innovative entrepreneurs to realise opportunities for industry development and job creation right across the value chain.

Australian companies are already playing a massive role in the sector through charging, research and technology. Taking action on climate change looks to us like watering the green shoots of economic potential for Australia.

What climate action would you like to see Australia take?

I’m a big believer in setting strong and ambitious targets as a proven means to achieving goals. Australia should listen to the science and set emissions reduction goals that decarbonises our economy as soon as possible. From there, the goals and responsibilities of each sector can follow, including through a transition to an electric vehicle fleet.

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