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01 September 2021

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Important information for responsible emitters

The final elements of the transition to the new baseline setting arrangements, including the expiry of reported baselines, will be in place for the 2021-22 compliance period.

We encourage you to start your planning now. Options for setting baselines will be more limited for baselines commencing 1 July 2021.

Please be aware that:

  • The final year reported baselines will apply is 2020-21, unless you are a grid-connected electricity generator.
  • 1 July 2020 is the final commencement date for calculated baselines that use site-specific production variables and/or site-specific (estimated) emissions intensities.
  • Calculated baselines commencing after 2020-21 must use prescribed production variables and default emissions intensities unless applying under the inherent emissions variability criteria.
  • Production adjusted baselines commencing after 2020-21 must use prescribed production variables and default emission intensities unless moving from a calculated baseline with site-specific values.
  • Facilities coming off reported baselines can apply for a production-adjusted baseline, without needing a calculated baseline first, provided they use prescribed production variables and default emissions intensities.
  • If your facility's baseline was affected by changes to Global Warming Potentials, we will contact you to discuss updating this number to reflect the current values.

Note: If you want to use site-specific emission intensities for some or all production variables in a calculated baseline you must apply by 1 November 2021.

Under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 (Safeguard Rule), we publish 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 designated large facilities for the purposes of the safeguard mechanism.

Safeguard baselines table update​

The safeguard baselines table was last updated on 1 September 2021 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.

Summary of updates

UpdatesTotalSince last update
Number of baseline determinations published497
9
Baseline determination type: reported 335
0
Baseline determination type: calculated 150
7
Baseline determination type: production adjusted 15
2
Multi-year monitoring period determinations41
0
​​Other determination detail updates*​310
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*Updates to a determination’s details could be for a number of reasons including as a result of baselines expiring or being replaced, extensions to end dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a 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.

Safeguard baselines table

Notes about this publication​

Current Baseline number:

  • Where a facility has both a reported baseline and a calculated baseline, the calculated baseline will be current, until such time as it expires.
  • If a facility has had more than one calculated baseline determination made, the most recently made one will be the baseline that is current.
  • Where a multi-year monitoring period is in place, the facility’s baseline for the entire period will be the total of the baselines that would have been current for each year during the extended monitoring period.
  • Where a facility has had its baseline temporarily varied due to improved emissions intensity, the variation will be current, for that particular financial year.
  • Baselines that are withheld may be pending the submission of an application, or a decision under, section 25 of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER Act).
  • Production adjusted baseline determinations that use annually adjusting prescribed production variables will not have a baseline number published in the Safeguard baselines table. This is because the baseline number will be calculated each year, based on the amount of production reported for the facility. These facilities have “Yes” recorded in the ‘Annually adjusted baseline’ column of the Safeguard baselines table. Each year’s production adjusted baseline number will be published, from March 2021 onwards, in Safeguard facility reported emissions data.

Historical data: We 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 circumstances where all activities at a facility has ceased, and it has been determined that there are no emissions or energy production or consumption occurring on site, the site will no longer meet the definition of a facility for the purposes of the NGER Act and a baseline determination will not be issued.
  • In circumstances where a facility has closed or partially closed, but there are still residual emissions, energy production or energy consumption occurring at the facility:
    • the minimum baseline of 100,000 will be issued where the removal of emissions associated with the ceased activities would lead to an adjusted baseline of less than 100,000 tonnes, or
    • where the responsible emitter has advised that activities at the facility are likely to recommence within three financial years, the baseline number will be set at the historical highpoint of reported data, with no adjustments made to account for the ceasing of activities.

Multi-year monitoring period declarations:

  • Under section 65 of the Safeguard Rule, responsible emitters may apply for a multi-year monitoring period to be declared in relation to a facility.
  • Where a multi-year monitoring period has been granted, the baseline emissions number for the facility is calculated as a single baseline number that applies across the entire multi-year monitoring period. At the end of the period, aggregate covered emissions for the two or three year period (plus or minus any Australian carbon credit units issued or surrendered) are compared against this baseline number to determine whether the facility is in an excess emissions situation.
  • For more information regarding the multi-year monitoring periods in place, including baseline numbers for completed MYMPs, please see the Multi-year monitoring period table.

Baseline variation for an improvement in emissions intensity:

  • Before 31 October 2019, under section 46 of the Safeguard Rule, responsible emitters could apply for a facility’s baseline to be varied, where they could demonstrate that the emissions intensity at a facility had improved
  • Provided the relevant tests were met, the facility’s baseline could be varied to the level of covered emissions from the facility, for a particular financial year.
  • The 2018-19 compliance period was the last year emissions intensity baseline variations were available.

Other variations to baselines

In certain circumstances, we may amend:

  • a reported baseline where it includes emissions attributable to activities that no longer occur at the facility
  • a reported baseline that was based on reported data that has later been determined to be incorrect
  • any type of baseline determination to take into account updates to the NGER legislation in relation to global warming potentials
  • a production-adjusted baseline because of a new prescribed (annually adjusted) production variable
  • certain calculated or production-adjusted baselines where there has been a change in activities
  • baselines where facilities have been restructured
  • any type of baseline determination to rectify an error.

A registered corporation or a person required to report under 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.

Downloadable data

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State of operation
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Clermont Coal OperationsQLDCLERMONT COAL OPERATIONS PTY LIMITED54 166 342 418
441,336
Reported baselineHistorical1/09/2021
Clermont Coal OperationsQLDCLERMONT COAL OPERATIONS PTY LIMITED54 166 34 2418
437,255
Calculated baselineCurrent1/09/2021
Kwinana Pigment PlantWATRONOX MANAGEMENT PTY LTD59 009 343 364
324,572
Reported baselineHistorical1/09/2021
Kwinana Pigment PlantWATRONOX MANAGEMENT PTY LTD59 009 343 364
N/A
Production-adjusted baselineCurrent1/09/2021
Mt Owen Glendell ComplexNSWMT OWEN PTY LIMITED83 003 827 361
982,160
Reported baselineHistorical1/09/2021
Mt Owen Glendell ComplexNSWMT OWEN PTY LIMITED83 003 827 361
286,172
Calculated baselineCurrent1/09/2021
Newlands Coal Complex including Newlands Northern UGQLDROLLESTON COAL HOLDINGS PTY LIMITED69 098 156 702
972,730
Reported baselineHistorical1/09/2021
Newlands Coal Complex including Newlands Northern UGQLDROLLESTON COAL HOLDINGS PTY LIMITED69 098 156 702
454,339
Calculated baselineCurrent1/09/2021
Norske Skog Boyer MillTASNORSKE SKOG PAPER MILLS (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED84 009 477 132
210,651
Reported baselineHistorical1/09/2021
Norske Skog Boyer MillTASNORSKE SKOG PAPER MILLS (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED84 009 477 132
183,056
Calculated baselineCurrent1/09/2021
Orora Glass Plant GawlerSAORORA LIMITED55 004 275 165
N/A
Production-adjusted baselineCurrent1/09/2021
Ravensworth OperationsNSWRAVENSWORTH OPERATIONS PTY LIMITED12 098 937 761
300,435
Reported baselineHistorical1/09/2021
Ravensworth OperationsNSWRAVENSWORTH OPERATIONS PTY LIMITED12 098 937 761
345,281
Calculated baselineCurrent1/09/2021
Ravensworth Underground Coal MineNSWRESOURCE PACIFIC PTY LIMITED65 106 177 708
905,509
Reported baselineHistorical1/09/2021
Ravensworth Underground Coal MineNSWRESOURCE PACIFIC PTY LIMITED65 106 177 708
173,779
Calculated baselineCurrent1/09/2021
SIMEC Mining - Tahmoor Coal MineNSWTAHMOOR COAL PTY LTD97 076 663 968
1,543,151
Reported baselineHistorical1/09/2021
SIMEC Mining - Tahmoor Coal MineNSWTAHMOOR COAL PTY LTD97 076 663 968
2,008,287
Calculated baselineCurrent1/09/2021
Angaston OperationsSAADBRI LIMITED15 007 596 018
246,443
Reported baselineCurrent30/03/2021
APLNG FacilityQLDCONOCOPHILLIPS AUSTRALIA OPERATIONS PTY LTD28 141 253 787
2,599,192
Calculated baselineCurrent30/03/2021
APU01 Pyrenees - AOA FacilityWABHP PETROLEUM PTY LTD97 006 918 832
588,383
Calculated baselineHistorical30/03/2021
APU01 Pyrenees - AOA FacilityWABHP PETROLEUM PTY LTD97 006 918 832
N/A
Multi-year monitoring periodHistorical30/03/2021
APU01 Pyrenees - AOA FacilityWABHP PETROLEUM PTY LTD97 006 918 832
424,674
Reported baselineHistorical30/03/2021
ARC01 Mining Area C - MNG FacilityWABHP IRON ORE PTY LTD46 008 700 981
443,666
Calculated baselineCurrent30/03/2021
ARC01 Mining Area C - MNG FacilityWABHP IRON ORE PTY LTD46 008 700 981
275,601
Reported baselineHistorical30/03/2021
ARC01 Mining Area C - MNG FacilityWABHP IRON ORE PTY LTD46 008 700 981
N/A
Multi-year monitoring periodCurrent30/03/2021
ARC01 Mining Area C - MNG FacilityWABHP IRON ORE PTY LTD46 008 700 981
354,064
Calculated baselineHistorical30/03/2021
ATCO Gas Australia Pty LtdWAATCO GAS AUSTRALIA GP PTY LTD76 151 245 779
159,142
Calculated baselineHistorical30/03/2021
ATCO Gas Australia Pty LtdWAATCO GAS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD90 089 531 975
167,538
Production-adjusted baselineCurrent30/03/2021
ATCO Gas Australia Pty LtdWAATCO GAS AUSTRALIA GP PTY LTD76 151 245 779
144,072
Reported baselineHistorical30/03/2021
AusNet Gas Services Pty LtdVICAUSNET GAS SERVICES PTY LTD43 086 015 036
169,898
Reported baselineCurrent30/03/2021
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