Business has an important role to play in reducing Australia’s carbon emissions. Private sector interest in voluntary action to reduce emissions is growing and can be seen through the increasing number of companies setting commitments to reduce emissions and increase the use of renewable energy.
The Corporate Emissions Reduction Transparency (CERT) report is a voluntary initiative that will provide participating National and Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) participants with a framework to demonstrate their net annual emissions and electricity consumption data. The report will support NGER reporters’ emissions or renewable energy claims, by providing a trusted and independent source of information. This will support voluntary participation in Australia’s carbon markets.
To help minimise duplication and administrative burden, the CERT report will align as much as possible with other existing arrangements such as Climate Active, as well as other international climate reporting frameworks.
In 2021, the Clean Energy Regulator will launch a pilot of the CERT report to test and refine the report’s design, structure and content. Participation in the pilot will be open to companies that meet NGER scheme publication thresholds and that choose to opt-in. The pilot will use data from NGER, the Renewable Energy Target scheme and Australian national registry of emissions units. Participants will also provide data and information to outline their commitments, facilitate presentation of progress and provide additional context.
The Clean Energy Regulator published a consultation paper in the first quarter of 2021 and invited public submissions on the draft design of the CERT report. Following public consultation, we established a co-design process to ensure CERT’s design and its supporting guidelines are fit-for-purpose. Visit the CERT design consultation page for further information on consultation.
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