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07 March 2019

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​On 7​ March 2019, amendments to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 came into effect. These amendments apply from the 2018-19 safeguard compliance period, onwards. Tools and resources available on the Clean Energy Regulator website will be updated shortly to reflect the amendments.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances under the safeguard mechanism, please contact the Clean Energy Regulator.

A production-adjusted baseline will typically be made after a facility’s calculated baseline or benchmark baseline has expired, upon application by the responsible emitter.

If the responsible emitter does not apply for a production-adjusted baseline, the facility will revert to the baseline determination that was previously in effect. This could be a reported baseline or a previous production-adjusted baseline. In the event that a reported baseline or production-adjusted emissions baseline does not exist, the facility’s baseline will revert to the default baseline emissions number of 

100 000 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e).

How a production adjusted baseline is set 

A production-adjusted baseline is determined using actual production, unlike calculated baselines or benchmark baselines, which are determined based on forecast production. 

The emissions intensity for a production-adjusted baseline is the emissions intensity previously used to set the expired calculated baseline, or otherwise as set out in the Benchmark Emissions-Intensity Index.

 

Production-adjusted baseline = actual production × emissions intensity

Unlike a calculated baseline or benchmark baseline, a production-adjusted baseline does not expire. It will continue to remain in effect until another baseline determination is made for the facility.​

Applying for a production-adjusted baseline

All applications for a production-adjusted baseline may be received from the day the production-adjusted baseline is to start, through to 31 October after the end of the first financial year to be covered by the baseline.

The earliest possible start date for a production-adjusted baseline is 1 July 2019. The production-adjusted baseline application form will be made available before that date.

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