In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, amendments have been made to the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 in recognition of the widespread disruption that COVID-19 has caused for business operations. The amendments:
This follows another recent amendment to include prescribed production variables and default emissions intensities in Schedules 2 and 3 of the Safeguard Rule which means that applications can now use prescribed production variables and default emissions intensities.
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
26 March 2020 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 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.
Current Baseline number:
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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