Important information for responsible emitters
The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 has been amended to extend the 2018–19 baseline application deadline from 31 October 2019 to 15 April 2020 for facilities with a declared multi-year period, that covers the 2018–19 and 2019–20 compliance years. It also allows facilities to use the transitional calculated baseline criteria a second time from the 2019–20 year onwards, to adopt newly established government-determined prescribed production variables. Further information can be found in the explanatory statement for this latest amendment.
This website includes references to prescribed (annually adjusted) and prescribed (fixed) production variables that are yet to be finalised by the Department of the Environment and Energy.
Applications will not be able to use prescribed production variables or default emissions intensities until they have been included in Schedules 2 and 3 of the Safeguard Rule.
For more information please contact the Clean Energy Regulator.
Under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 the Clean Energy Regulator publishes information relating to
emissions baseline determinations (baselines).
The safeguard baselines table includes facilities that have been issued a baseline determination under the safeguard mechanism.
Inclusion on this table does not mean a facility will be covered by the safeguard mechanism for 2016–17 or for future financial years.
Coverage will depend on whether the facility's covered emissions for the relevant financial year exceed the 100,000 tonne carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) safeguard threshold. Additionally, in the case of designated generation facilities that are connected to a designated electricity network (grid-connected electricity generators), facilities will only be covered once the sectoral baseline has been exceeded.
Responsible emitters identified on the safeguard baselines table can keep their emissions down in number of ways. For example, a responsible emitter may
purchase Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) and surrender them to offset their emissions, or generate their own ACCUs by
carrying out a project under the Emissions Reduction Fund.
Facilities that meet, or exceed the safeguard threshold in a financial year from 1 July 2016, are referred to as a designated large facility for the purposes of the safeguard mechanism.
The safeguard baselines table was last updated on
13 May 2019 to reflect baseline determinations made under the safeguard mechanism. The Clean Energy Regulator will continue to update this information as baseline determinations are made and new information becomes available.
*Updates to a determination’s details could be for a number of reasons including as a result of a change in responsible emitter, variation of a baseline emissions number or publication of a baseline emissions number that was previously withheld pending the outcome of a section 25 application. These are updates to already published determinations and do not affect the number of baseline determinations published.
Baseline number in force:
Historical data: The Clean Energy Regulator is required to make a reported baseline determination for the facility based on its historical data. The historical data used as the basis of a reported baseline may not be data that was reported by the responsible emitter (or the controlling corporation of the responsible emitter) currently responsible for the facility. For example, the facility may have been sold, leading to reporting from different controlling corporations during the baseline setting period. Similarly, where a reporting transfer certificate (RTC) has been issued, the RTC holder will provide the reported data, while the person with operational control will be the responsible emitter.
Treatment of closed and partially closed facilities:
In certain circumstances, the Clean Energy Regulator may amend:
A registered corporation, or a person required to report under the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (the NGER Act), may apply to have its data withheld from publication. A request can only be made in relation to information which reveals or could be capable of revealing a trade secret or any other matter having a commercial value that would be, or could reasonably be expected to be, destroyed or diminished if the information were disclosed specific to the facility or responsible emitter. See
what data is published and why for more information.
The Clean Energy Regulator takes all reasonable efforts to ensure the information published on its website is accurate at the time of publication.
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