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2011 Corporate Media Release - Origin Energy to support Sydney Opera House's sustainability goals

Issued: 7 March 2011 

Origin Launches Sustainability Drive and Major Partnership with Sydney Opera House 

Today Origin announced it will support Sydney Opera House’s energy and sustainability goals by helping to increase their GreenPower to 10 per cent from March 2011 to August 2012. This will form part of an ongoing strategy to complement the House’s energy and sustainability plan including offsetting emissions for two major Sydney Opera House events and festivals.

“Sydney Opera House is truly one of the world’s most iconic buildings. We are very pleased to be partnering with this magnificent organisation and applaud their leadership in making the House more sustainable,” said Origin’s Executive General Manager of Energy Markets, Frank Calabria.

Sydney Opera House Chief Executive, Richard Evans added, “We have a duty to integrate environmental sustainability into everything we do. Sydney Opera House is committed to reducing our environmental impact and conserving resources to ensure that the next generation has the same opportunities as ourselves.”

As well as supporting Australia’s favourite House become more sustainable, Origin is also encouraging households  across Australia to become more energy efficient as part of Sustainability Drive.

With a share in up to $1million of sustainable energy technology and expertise available, Sustainability Drive is an initiative which can help people save money on their energy bills and make a difference to their impact on the environment at the same time.

Up to 80 houses across four streets in Australia will win; it’s simply a matter of telling the country why they are the most deserving entry.

With prizes including solar electricity, hot water systems and 12 months’ electricity supply including 100% green power (up to the value of $3,000 (inc GST)), all people need to do is visit and submit their entry.

Frank Calabria says that Sustainability Drive is an initiative that taps into the idea of neighbourhood and environmental consciousness.

“Sustainability Drive will challenge communities to look at how they can live more sustainably with closer ties to their neighbourhoods. Origin is working towards making sustainable energy, affordable energy.”

To become part of Sustainability Drive, Origin is asking Australians to describe what’s unique about their street through words, video, illustration or photo to be in the running for the total prize pool of up to $1million of sustainable energy expertise and technology.

Mia Freedman, founder of one of Australia’s most popular blogs and mother of three, has joined the movement, calling on people to enter Sustainability Drive.

“I speak to so many families who say they’re shocked by their energy bills, indicating to me that people don’t understand how their appliances run in their homes.  Whether it’s learning how to lower your energy bills, save power when you’re not at home or simply getting to know your neighbours, Sustainability Drive has lots to offer.”

With entries open from 7 March until 15 May 2011, Australians are being encouraged to get creative, get to know their neighbours and put themselves in contention to become one of the winners of Origin’s Sustainability Drive.

For information on how to enter and see what people across Australia are doing, visit

For all media enquiries, please contact:
Lina Cabai • Mango • T. 03 9254 3655 / 0412 506 080 • E.
Felicity Robertson • Mango• T. 03 9254 3684 / 0412 998 742 • E.

About Origin Energy
Origin Energy is Australia's leading integrated energy company focused on gas and oil exploration and production, power generation and energy retailing.

Listed in the ASX top 20 the company has approximately 4,400 employees, is a leading producer of gas in eastern Australia, is the largest owner and developer of gas-fired electricity generation in Australia and is a leading wholesaler and retailer of energy. The company services approximately 3 million electricity, natural gas and LPG customers across Australia. Origin's strategic positioning and portfolio of assets provide flexibility, stability and significant opportunities for growth in the ever changing energy industry. Through Australia Pacific LNG, its 50:50 incorporated joint venture with ConocoPhillips, Origin is developing one of Australia's largest CSG to LNG projects based on Australia's largest CSG reserves base.

In New Zealand, Origin is the major shareholder in Contact Energy, the country's leading integrated energy company, operating geothermal, thermal and hydro generation facilities and servicing electricity, gas and LPG customers across both the North and South islands. Origin also operates several oil and gas projects in New Zealand and is one of the largest holders of petroleum exploration acreage in the country.

Origin has a strong focus on ensuring the sustainability of its operations, is the largest green energy retailer in Australia and has significant investments in renewable energy technologies.
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Sustainability Drive is open to residents of SA, VIC, NSW and QLD only. Terms and conditions apply.

About Sydney Opera House
In giving the world one of the 20th Century’s greatest buildings, Jørn Utzon changed the creative and cultural landscape of Australia forever.  Sydney Opera House is committed to continuing the legacy of Utzon’s creative genius by creating, producing and presenting the most acclaimed, imaginative and engaging performing arts experiences from Australia and around the world.

Sydney Opera House is also one of the busiest cultural and tourist precincts in the world with more than eight million visitors setting foot on site each year. It contributes $1.1 billion to the Australian economy in annual direct and indirect value and more than 12,000 direct and indirect jobs. Sydney Opera House also acknowledges that addressing climate change, dwindling natural resources and environmental degradation is one of the great moral, economic and social imperatives of our time.

Sydney Opera House is committed to reducing our environmental impact and conserving resources to ensure that the next generation have the same opportunities as ourselves.


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