AA Smartfuel rewards to help you go further

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We like to find ways to help out fellow kiwis.  Which is why teaming up with AA Smartfuel makes a lot of ‘cents’.

With AA Smartfuel you’re one of thousands of kiwis earning fuel discounts and rewards as they buy fuel and shop with retailers across the country. Getting your slice of the reward is easy with Contact. Choose a Contact Fuel Rewards plan and earn fuel discounts from us once month

Here’s how you can use your AA Smartfuel discounts:

  • When you fuel up at BP or GAS you might choose to take the cents per litre discount straight away. But better still, save the discount and build up your balance for a greater discount at another time.
  • Watch your balance of fuel discounts build to an even bigger amount by shopping at other participating retailers.
  • When it’s time for the big fill, make the most of it and redeem the balance off  fuel at BP or GAS (up to 50 litres).
  • Play your part in the fight against climate change by opting for CarbonClick. You can help fund native forest regeneration and clean energy projects.^. Learn more about Carbon Click below.
  • Turn them into Qantas Points for flights, hotels and more^.

No matter what you spend on power, you’ll reap the rewards.

Find out how AA Smartfuel rewards work

Visit our FAQs page

 

^The value of non-fuel rewards may differ from the value of AA Smartfuel discounts.

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Help offset your carbon with AA SmartFuel and CarbonClick

Contact Energy customers get a fuel discount on our Fuel Rewards plans. Use the AA Smartfuel app with CarbonClick as your reward to convert your discounts into carbon credits to help offset your electricity use. Your converted discounts help fund certified carbon offset projects such as Native Forest projects within New Zealand. Please note, the value of non fuel rewards may differ from the value of AA Smartfuel discounts.

Calculate the potential carbon footprint of your electricity

All New Zealand’s electricity generation comes from a mixture of renewable and non-renewable energy sources. This electricity is sent through the national grid to homes and business around Aotearoa. All the electricity we consume therefore has a carbon footprint, due to the portion generated from non-renewable energy sources. Along with AA Smartfuel and CarbonClick, you can choose to offset your portion of this carbon footprint and lessen the impact on our collective home – the New Zealand environment.

 

 

Carbon offsetting is a way to compensate for the carbon footprint of your electricity consumption. Carbon credits are generated by projects that either removed emissions from the atmosphere, like native forest regeneration, or avoid emissions being generated, such as building a renewable electricity generation plant to replace coal powered electricity. Through buying the same amount of carbon credits as your electricity footprint, you are helping reduce your environmental impact.

And the good thing is, it’s easy! Simply look for the carbon offset option through the AA Smartfuel app. See our FAQ’s for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

CarbonClick is a New Zealand company that exists to reverse climate change, CarbonClick empowers businesses and their customers to tackle climate change, by making carbon offsets simple, trustworthy and cost effective. They’re working to build a happier and more sustainable future for everyone.
The money paid to CarbonClick for carbon credits goes towards certified carbon offset projects that have been assessed as meeting global standards. The funds are distributed amongst carbon offset suppliers carrying out the projects. CarbonClick takes a margin on the carbon credits for sourcing projects, quality assurance, administration, and transaction fees.
A carbon credit is how to buy or sell a voluntary carbon offset. For every tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) that a project manages to absorb or avoid, a carbon credit is issued. Carbon credits are certified by international standards and held in registries like the Gold Standard Registry (international credits) or the Emissions Trading Register (New Zealand).

By supporting our nature-based carbon offset projects you are doing much more than just planting trees. You are helping create native forests for our future generations.

For every 5c fuel discount you convert over 20kg of carbon is sequestered - equivalent to the carbon captured by an average tree each year. But, the benefits of this extend beyond simply sequestering carbon. Creating a native forest involves many activities, including protecting land, pest control, creating healthy spaces for trees to grow and assisting trees to grow to maturity through activities such as weeding, watering and caring for the soil. Regenerating our forests is a vital part of creating a healthy ecosystem, which will beautify and protect our environment for generations to come.

So, while it’s not as clear cut as saying that each carbon offset is equivalent to a specific number of plants, here is some information that might help:

  • Native forests have about 2,500 stems per hectare
  • A hectare of regenerating forest sequesters about 10 tonnes of CO2 each year
  • A stem includes plants such as seedlings, grasses, shrubs and trees, which on average sequester about 4kg CO2 per year
  • On average, in a forest, the mature trees sequester about 20kg per year

The carbon emissions are calculated using the Ministry for the Environment’s latest emissions factors. This emissions factor states how many kilograms of carbon are emitted per kilowatt hour for the average electricity consumer in New Zealand. These government issued figures make for a simple calculation of “emissions factor x kilowatt hours = carbon emissions”.

The purchased electricity emissions factor set by the Ministry for the Environment considers various energy mixes across the year to provide an average emissions factor for electricity generated in New Zealand. This emissions factor does not account for losses associated with transmission and distribution of electricity, or the emissions associated with extraction, production and transport of fuels that are burnt to produce electricity (these are indirect, or ‘scope 3’ emissions).

No, although you can be forgiven for wondering as this is a common misconception! Effectively the ETS is a tax on those who emit CO2 and is called a carbon credit. Payments to the ETS for permits do not directly lead to tree planting or carbon offsets. Electricity providers are required to surrender one carbon credit for every two that are emitted.

With CarbonClick, your offset dollar, or reward, is purchasing actual reductions in carbon emissions, through projects like forest conservation and planting.

Alongside displaying our impact in kilograms of carbon offset, we also communicate 'tree growth years'. This is a comparative figure, reflecting how many average trees, growing and storing carbon for one year, it would take to sequester the carbon.

This calculation is based on an average sized mature tree, which sequesters (absorbs) around 20kg of carbon per year. Creating a native forest involves many activities such as protecting land, pest control, creating healthy spaces for trees to grow and assisting trees to grow to maturity through activities such as weeding, watering and caring for the soil.  

The price of carbon in New Zealand is set via a spot price in the financial market that fluctuates based on market activity. The cost of a carbon credit changes over time and has been steadily increasing in price. For this initiative, CarbonClick purchases 100% New Zealand native forest carbon credits, with high biodiversity impact and other co-benefits. These credits are sold at a higher price in the carbon market due to their high level of integrity.