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 safeguard mechanism commenced on 1 July 2016 and applies to all facilities that emit more than 100 000 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) emissions in a financial year (the reporting year). Emissions from covered facilities are reported through the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme, by 31 October following each financial year.
Responsible emitters for covered facilities must ensure that they are not in an
excess emissions situation on or after 1 March following each reporting year, and have a number of options available to manage any excess emissions.
The Clean Energy Regulator is required to publish information about all covered facilities for each 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.
Under the safeguard mechanism, the Clean Energy Regulator is also required to publish emissions for grid-connected electricity generator facilities. See more information about
electricity sector emissions and generation data.
The Clean Energy Regulator takes all reasonable efforts to ensure the information published on its website is accurate at the time of publication.
The table below is a list of facilities covered under the safeguard mechanism for the 2017–18 reporting year.
Documentasset: 2017–18 Safeguard facilities data
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