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Safeguard facility reported emissions

18 June 2020

Important information for responsible emitters

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:

  • Retain reported baselines for an extra year (reported baselines now cease on 1 July 2021)
  • Extend calculated baselines that ceased on 1 July 2019, by a year (the expired calculated baseline will have effect for 2019-20, unless replaced with a new baseline determination)
  • Allow facilities to use site-specific values for calculated baselines that commence in 2020-21 (formerly 2019-20 was the last year)
  • Allow responsible emitters to opt-in to extend a multi-year monitoring period that ceases on 1 July 2020, by one year
  • Allow a new facility criteria calculated baseline to commence in 2020-21 at the latest (formerly 2019-20), and
  • Delay the introduction of benchmark baselines for new facilities by a year (now will commence 1 July 2021).

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.


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 after the 1 March compliance deadline.

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