Polling – Carbon neutrality, net zero and carbon offsets - January 2023
14 March 2023
• One in five Australians (17%) think some of the emissions should be accounted for, and fewer than one in ten (7%) think organisations should be allowed to decide which emissions they offset to say they’re carbon neutral. [...] Figure 3: Understanding of the term net zero Preliminary question Correct definition 14% 46% 40% Yes No Polling – Net zero and carbon neutrality 4 Impact of offsets on emissions Three in five Australians (62%) think that carbon offsets result in cancelled out, fewer or zero overall emissions in the atmosphere. [...] Figure 4: Perceived impact of offsets on overall emissions 30% 27% 25% 9% 9% No emissions released Cancelled out emissions Fewer emissions More emissions Don’t know / Not sure Polling – Net zero and carbon neutrality 5 Perceptions of carbon offsets and carbon neutrality Respondents were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with five statements relating to carbon offsets and carbon neutrality. [...] • Three in four (75%) think that investing in renewable energy and batteries is effective in reducing emissions (12% think it is ineffective). [...] • Two in five (40%) think that opening new gas basins is ineffective in reducing emissions, while one in three (30%) think it is effective.