Radian Energy is proud to announce that we have now purchased a further series of carbon credits so that we can offset the electricity supplied to our customers.
The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor is a multi-species native reforestation project. A 200km green corridor in the northern Wheatbelt of Southwest Australia. Mixed species indigenous to the region are grown on degraded land in the Corridor. Revegetating the landscape with native trees and shrubs encourages wildlife to return while at the same time removing carbon from the atmosphere.
The goal is to create a 200km long green corridor from inland all the way to the coast, reconnecting remnant vegetation with 12 nature reserves across a 10,000km² area.
About 90% of the current planting area was cleared by European settlers during the 1900s to allow for the farming of crops and livestock. Over time the soil has degraded, and together with a drying climate, has left parts of the landscape no longer viable for traditional farming. The removal of the natural woodland environment has threatened many plants and animal species with extinction.
The Yarra Yarra project aims to revegetate the landscape of the Corridor and return the environment to its original state while simultaneously removing carbon from the atmosphere.
The project began in 2008, and since then more than 30 million mixed native species of trees and shrubs have been planted across almost 14,000 hectares.This is done by planting up to 60 different tree and shrub species indigenous to the region.
The goal is to create a green corridor that will reconnect coastal regions with drier inland habitats, providing birds and animals with habitat for food, nests, and protection from predators.The project begins at the coastal town of Dongara (351 kilometres north of Perth) and travels through Mingenew, Morawa, and Perenjon before reaching the Charles Darwin Nature Reserve. This sees the reconnection of remnant vegetation with the 12 nature reserves that already exist across a 10,000km² area.
By improving the non-arable land in the region there are positive effects for the water table through the reduction of salinity and erosion.
The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor Project contributes to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals which benefits the community across areas such as environmental, social, economic and heritage.Here is a list of just some of those positive outcomes:
The provision of job-specific training and inductions for local employees.
Clean water by lowering salinity in both ground and surface waters over the project’s life.
Creation of 200+ jobs, over 50 indigenous roles and the engagement of more than 80 businesses. More than 30 million native seeds and seedlings have been planted.
Over 13,500 hectares of non-arable land has been planted since 2008.
Over 1 million tonnes of greenhouse gases will be sequestered over the project life.
Creation of an Australian Sandalwood integrated carbon industry in rural Australia.
Five aboriginal heritage sites discovered in archaeological surveys that are now registered with the Department of Indigenous Affairs Registry.
Creation of wildlife habitats and the reintroduction of plant and animals, including over 30 species of conservation-significant native plants, 13 conservation significant bird species and 100s of insect species.