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.
Emissions baselines are the reference point against which emissions performance will be measured under the safeguard mechanism. A safeguard facility must keep its net emissions levels at or below its baseline.
There are four main types of emissions baselines:
Both calculated baselines and benchmark baselines are determined using forecasts of production, and can be replaced with a
production-adjusted baseline that reflects actual production from the facility.
A facility must exceed the 100,000 t CO2-e threshold to be covered by the safeguard mechanism. A baseline cannot be set below this level.
If a facility does not have one of the four types of baselines then a default emissions baseline of 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2-e) will apply.
Note that on the expiry of a calculated baseline, the default emissions baseline of 100,000 tCO2-e will apply unless another baseline is approved. A facility will no longer revert to its reported baseline.
In some circumstances a facility covered by the safeguard mechanism may apply for a
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