What is C3?

The Community Climate Chest or ‘C3’ gives households and businesses access to cheaper, tax-deductible GreenPower and carbon offsets on-line, while directing a share of the proceeds to local environmental groups.

The not-for-profit C3 scheme offers the community cheaper GreenPower from a range of clearly identified renewable energy generators, which can be easily compared.

C3 only buys 100% Government-accredited GreenPower, plus carbon offsets accredited under the rigorous international Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS). The C3 scheme charges only minimal administrative fees.

Furthermore, payments to C3 are tax deductible to the end consumer and GST does not apply.

From humble beginnings in rural Victoria, C3 is now creating a national coalition of charitable environmental and community groups called C3 Community Agents, who can market GreenPower and carbon offsets to their members and partner organisations.

C3 Community Agents keep a percentage of every sale they make, while their customers claim a tax deduction for their donation to the climate cause – a win-win arrangement.

C3 customers can choose between three on-line options:

  • Direct selection if the desired quantity of Green Power and/or carbon offsets is already known
  • A lifestyle calculator for determining the required Greenpower and/or carbon offsets
  • Preset packages based on average Australian consumption

Customers pay on-line by credit card and receive a certificate of acknowledgement and a tax deductible receipt.

For further information see our FAQs or contact us at C3@ata.org.au

C3 explainer from Macedon Ranges Sustainability on Vimeo.