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Safeguard facility reported emissions

30 March 2021

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 Act 2007, all responsible emitters must report their emissions to the Clean Energy Regulator by 31 October each year.

For each financial year (the reporting year), the Clean Energy Regulator is required to publish information about all designated large facilities with emissions over 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e), as outlined in the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015.

For each facility covered by the safeguard mechanism in a reporting year, information published includes the baseline emissions number in force for that year, total reported emissions, the responsible emitter(s) for each facility, and any Australian carbon credit units surrendered.

This information is published each year, after the 1 March compliance deadline.

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