The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) scheme, established by the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER Act), is a single national framework for reporting and disseminating company information about greenhouse gas emissions, energy production and energy consumption.
Corporations that meet a NGER Scheme
threshold must register and, once registered, report each year.
Emissions and Energy Reporting System (EERS) is the system used for all reporting under the NGER Scheme. EERS allows NGER reporters to prepare and submit their emissions and energy reports.
Client Portal is a secure entry point to access online forms, systems and other information for schemes administered by the Clean Energy Regulator. It is the entry point for reporters to access their Emissions and Energy Reporting System (EERS) account(s).
Further information on NGER Scheme reporting is available at
Forms and resources and further information on using EERS is available at
Tools to assist you.
If you require further information in relation to the NGER Scheme reporting or EERS please contact the Clean Energy Regulator on 1300 553 542 or
Client Portal is a secure entry point to access online forms, systems and other information for schemes administered by the Clean Energy Regulator. It is the entry point for NGER reporters to access their
Emissions and Energy Reporting System (EERS) account(s).
It is also where users with the right access level, can add, edit or remove users from their organisation's EERS accounts. For further information on EERS user access see -
How do I manage users in my organisation's EERS account?
Once you have entered your user name and login details, you will be taken to the Client Portal home screen. To access EERS, you need to select 'My Systems' tab then click 'EERS'.
EERS is the system used for all reporting under the NGER Scheme. EERS allows NGER reporters to prepare and submit their emissions and energy reports. Once you have logged into the Client Portal and selected the EERS link via the 'My Systems' tab, you will then be taken to the EERS home screen. You do not need a separate username and password to log into EERS.
From the EERS home screen, if you have access to more than one organisation's EERS account you can select the appropriate reporting entity. Then select the applicable reporting year.
To obtain an EERS account, an organisation must first be registered under the NGER Act as a controlling corporation or reporting transfer certificate holder, or have submitted an agreement under section 22X of the NGER Act that the organisation is a responsible group member.
As a result of registration, your organisation's EERS account will be created and an NGER contact person and executive officer from your organisation will be given access to the account.
If you wish to be added to your organisation's EERS account you need to:
If the NGER contact person has left your organisation, and there is no other person in your organisation that has the Client Portal Manager role, you need to complete the
documentasset:CER-NGER-CP Addition of a New Contact Person form.
Once completed, this form can be emailed to the
Clean Energy Regulator. The form needs to be submitted by an executive officer from your organisation, or if submitted by someone else, an executive officer must be copied into the email.
Further information is available in the
documentasset:User guide - Self-service EERS User Management via the Client Portal and
What roles can an EERS user have?.
To edit, remove or add users to your organisations' EERS account you will need the Client Portal Manager role. Your organisations NGER contact person and executive officer will have this role and they can assign it to you.
To edit, remove or add users, you need to log into the
Client Portal, click on the 'My Connections' tab and then the 'Manage' button for the organisation under the 'Associated Organisations' heading—n if you have a 'View' button next to the organisation this means that you do not have the Client Portal Manger role for the organisation. Then click on the 'User Access' tab. You can edit a user's roles or remove a user by selecting the 'Edit' or 'Remove' buttons next to each user's name. To add a user select the 'Add User' button.
To add users to your organisation's EERS account, you must first verify that:
Further information is available in the
documentasset:User guide - Self-service EERS User Management via the Client Portal and
What roles can an EERS user have?
There are six different EERS roles that a person can have. These roles are:
Each organisation must have the NGER Contact person and NGER Executive Officer role at all times. This may, or may not be, the same person.
documentasset:User guide - Self-service EERS User Management via the Client Portal for more information on roles.
If your NGER contact person has left your organisation, and there is no other person in your organisation that has the Client Portal Manager role, you need to complete the
documentasset:CER-NGER-CP Addition of a New Contact Person form.
To complete the form, you need to provide the Client Portal user ID (e.g. CER123456) of the person being added. If the person does not already have a Client Portal user ID, they should obtain one by registering with the
The new contact person will then be set up with access to EERS and the Client Portal, and can then use the Client Portal self-service functionality to add new users (e.g. a new executive officer).
Instructions on using the Client Portal to add, edit or remove EERS users, can be found in
documentasset:User guide - Self-service EERS User Management via the Client Portal
If your organisation has an EERS account and submitted an NGER report in the previous reporting year, your EERS workspace for the current reporting year will automatically be populated with information from your previous reporting period workspace. This information will include:
When you select the appropriate reporting year on the EERS home screen you will be directed to the main details page for the reporting entity that you have selected. The reporting entity's corporate structure will be displayed on the left-hand navigation pane as shown below.
The reporting entity (i.e. controlling corporation, reporting transfer certificate holder or responsible group member under section 22X) will be at the top of the list. Below the reporting entity will be a list of group members (if any-applicable only to controlling corporations) and the facilities that the reporting entity is responsible for reporting on.
Where there are both group members and facilities in the list, facilities that are under the operational control of a group member, will appear underneath the relevant group member.
Where a plus sign is visible next to an entity in your corporate structure, this means that by clicking on the plus sign you will be able to expand the list to view entities set up directly under that entity. Further information on corporate structure is available in the
documentasset:EERS User Guide.
You can modify your corporate structure in EERS to reflect changes within your organisation.
For example, you may need to add a new group member and facilities under the operational control of the new group member to your corporate structure if your controlling corporation has acquired a group member.
Further information on corporate structure is available in the
documentasset:EERS User Guide.
Data entered into an EERS workspace may not appear in a report. This may be correct or you may need to take further action, as follows:
If you have checked the above and believe that the data entered should appear in the report, contact the Clean Energy Regulator on 1300 553 542 or
Please check the following:
The 'Enter Activity Data' button will remain greyed out (disabled) until all mandatory entity (i.e. Facility, Facility Aggregate or Facility - Network - Pipeline) fields have been completed and any changes have been saved. All fields with a red asterisk (*) must be addressed. Further information on facility details is available in the
EERS User Guide.
If you are trying to enter data and the 'Data Entry' tab is locked (has a picture of a padlock and the tab cannot be selected), this is because a report has been generated but not submitted or the report has been submitted.
If the report has been generated but not submitted, to unlock your report and allow further data entry, go to the 'Reports' tab and click 'remove under the action column.
If your report has been submitted you are able to view information in the Data Entry tab but you will be unable to make any changes. If you believe you need to make changes to a submitted report please
contact the Clean Energy Regulator.
The Clean Energy Regulator requires latitude and longitude coordinates (coordinates) for a facility to be provided to
three decimal degrees in EERS.
Coordinates need to be consistent with the Geocentric Datum of Australia. The Australian datum aligns to the World Geodetic System and is consistent with the formats used in internet and portable GPS tools commonly available in Australia.
There are a number of different formats for expressing latitude and longitude coordinates. However, the manner and form specified by the Clean Energy Regulator for reporting coordinates is to provide coordinate information to three decimal degrees, e.g. [dd.ddd] (26.500Â°).
A street address can be converted to coordinates in decimal degrees using
A conversion calculator from degrees, minutes and seconds to decimal degrees is available through the
Australian Antarctic Data Centre (Department of the Environment and Energy). This page also links to other Australian Government websites that convert Universal Transverse Mercator map coordinates to decimal degrees.
Note that if your facility: (i) is a network, pipeline or transport facility, (ii) is not a single site, and (iii) has no Australian street address, a brief description of both its location and its activities, and a state or territory designation, must be provided in EERS. If the ANZSIC code provided for the facility does not match one of these sectors, and an Australian street address is not provided, then any missing coordinate data will be considered as non-compliant reporting.
The Small Facilities Percentages link enables reporters under section 19 of the NGER Act to report greenhouse gas emissions, energy production and energy consumption of a facility as a percentage of the corporate group's total emissions and energy, where the facility meets the requirements of regulation 4.26 of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations 2008.
This link is viewable towards the bottom of the corporate structure column on the left.
Further information on small facilities percentage reporting is available in the
Aggregated facility reporting, percentage estimates and incidental emissions and energy guideline.
Reports are generated in EERS by going to the 'Reports' tab and selecting the Generate option in the Action column against the unsubmitted report you wish generate. If the Action column says Disabled, check that an executive officer and contact person have been selected for the reporting entity. To check this, go to Data Entry, then click on the reporting entity in the corporate structure, then click on Edit Reporting Entity Information. Once you select both of these people and save the change, you will get the option to generate a report.
If you have generated a report and the Action column against that report says 'Preparing Report', try hitting the 'F5' key. This refreshes the page and the report should appear for you to view. The 'Action' column will then allow you to remove the report so you can continue entering data (See
I want to enter data, but the Data Entry tab is locked, for information on removing a generated report).
You are able to submit supporting information along with your EERS report if required. To attach supporting documents select the 'Add File' button from the reports tab prior to generating your draft report. This allows you to select the required document from your computer. Once this has been selected, click on 'Upload' to attach the document to your report. Documents cannot be attached in EERS once a report has generated. If you generate a report and need to add an attachment you will need to remove the report, add the required attachment and generate the report again.
Note: only a maximum of four PDF files can be uploaded, and must be below 5MB in size.
All reports are to be submitted by an executive officer of your organisation.
An executive officer is defined as a:
Alternatively, the executive officer may authorise someone to submit the report on their behalf. The person submitting the report on behalf of the executive officer, must have the NGER Nominated Report Submitter role in EERS. Further information about EERS roles can be found in the
documentasset:User guide- Self-service EERS User Management via the Client Portal.
The executive officer who provided the authorisation must be the person whose details are selected in the executive officer field in EERS.
You are able to save electronic copies of reports by using the print function. This will work for both submitted and unsubmitted reports.
Once you have generated or submitted a report, view that report by clicking on the hyperlink.
This will open up an on screen version of the report you are attempting to save. Click either Print Report in the left hand menu, or Print on the right of the screen:
Once you have selected print, the print options box should appear. Depending on your set-up, you will be able to save as a PDF or XPS file.
Select Adobe PDF (if installed) or Microsoft XPS Document Writer from the list of available printers, and then click on print.
You will then be prompted to complete the save by entering your file name and choosing where you wish to save the document to.
Once your report has been successfully submitted, it will appear in the Submitted Reports table under the Reports tab. This table also includes the date and time of submission and the version of the report.
A report receipt will also be available in EERS. The receipt will confirm the time and date of the submission, the version and type of report submitted. It will also note who submitted the report. You will then be able to print or save a copy of this receipt for your records.
To locate the receipt in EERS, click on the Reports tab, then under Submitted Reports click on the Action button for the report submitted then select View Submission Receipt.
The NGER reporting deadline is a statutory deadline and the Clean Energy Regulator cannot provide extensions. All 2018-19 NGER reports must be submitted by midnight, Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), Thursday, 31 October 2019.
Failure to submit your report by the due date is a contravention of the NGER Act that may attract a civil penalty of up to $420,000. Additional civil penalties of up to $21,000 may also apply for each day that a report is late. The NGER Act provides for other possible regulatory responses to non-compliance, including the use of enforceable undertakings and infringement notices.
The Clean Energy Regulator encourages voluntary disclosure of reporting errors. If you detect an error in a previously submitted report you must contact the
Clean Energy Regulator.
Nomination of primary or secondary is required when reporting liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Purchased LPG (item 44 in schedule 1 of the NGER Regulations) is a secondary energy commodity. For LPG consumed at the facility where it is produced, LPG is a primary energy commodity. For more information, see
How do I know if a fuel is primary or secondary?
E10 is a common blended fuel produced by blending up to 10 per cent ethanol with gasoline.
Under section 1.8 of the NGER Measurement Determination a blended fuel is a fuel that is a blend of fossil and biogenic carbon fuels. For example, E10 is a blend of gasoline (fossil fuel) and up to 10 per cent ethanol (biogenic carbon fuel).
Examples of biogenic carbon fuels under the NGER legislation are listed in items 10-16; 28-30 and 52-54 of Schedule 1 of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations 2008 (NGER Regulations).
The NGER legislation does not define fossil fuels. However, taking the ordinary meaning of the term, a fossil fuel is: a carbon-based fuel from fossil hydrocarbon deposits, including coal, oil and natural gas.
E10 is not a listed fuel type under the NGER Regulations, therefore E10 is not reported in EERS. Rather, when E10 is consumed the components that make up E10 need to be reported.
A facility purchases 10,000 litres of E10 for use in a transport facility. Using the product specifications provided by the manufacturer, it is determined that the E10 is made up of 7 per cent ethanol and 93 per cent gasoline.
Therefore, the purchased E10 contains 700 litres of ethanol and 9,300 litres of gasoline. The purchased E10 is used to fuel fleet cars for the corporations, meaning that the fuel is combusted for use in an internal combustion engine.
As both the ethanol and gasoline are listed energy commodities, the corporation with operational control of the facility must report the greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption from the combustion of:
For more information on the reporting of E10 and other blended fuels, please see the supplementary guideline
documentasset:Reporting blended fuels and other fuel mixes guideline.
EERS requires reporters to specify the carbon dioxide emissions factor when entering activity data for petroleum based oils and greases, as shown below:
The carbon dioxide emission factor refers to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per unit of fuel. Part 3 of Schedule 1 in the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Measurement) Determination 2008 provides an emission factor of 13.9 (Kg CO2-e/GJ) for the combustion of petroleum-based oils and greases for stationary energy purposes.
Alternatively, a site specific carbon dioxide emissions factor can be used in accordance with Method 1 under section 2.48A(2) of the Determination, or Method 2 or 3 under sections 2.48B and 2.48C respectively.
Why do I need to know whether a fuel is primary or secondary?
Nominating a fuel as primary or secondary is necessary for calculating net energy consumption of the facility. A facility's net energy consumption is required to be reported in a controlling corporation's section 19 report, a reporting transfer certificate holder's section 22G report and a section 22X reporter.
You do not need to manually calculate net energy consumption. EERS automatically calculates net energy consumption based on reported energy consumption and production for each facility and this value will appear in a report generated in EERS.
To calculate net energy consumption, regulation 5.03 of the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations specifies that:
The net energy consumption amounts derived for each facility appearing in the NGER report are summed to determine the net energy consumption for the controlling corporation.
Further information on net energy consumption can be found in the supplementary guidelines:
documentasset:Reporting energy production and consumption guideline and on the
net energy consumption page.
Primary and secondary fuels and other energy commodities are defined in regulation 1.03 in the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations 2008 (NGER Regulations) as follows:
EERS will indicate if a fuel or energy commodity is primary or secondary unless a nomination is required.
In some cases the NGER Regulations will specify that a nomination (primary or secondary) is required and you will need to determine if the fuel or energy commodity is primary or secondary. You may need to contact your supplier to confirm to source of the fuel or energy commodity. Generally a fuel or energy commodity purchased from a supplier will be secondary.
In accordance with Regulation 4.04A(2)(g) of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations 2008 (NGER Regulations), the activities constituting the facility must be attributed to an industry sector. This is done using the ANZSIC industry classification codes.
The activity type constituting the primary production process of the facility determines the industry sector.
The table below shows how the oil and gas activity types correspond to ANZSIC codes. It includes the Clean Energy Regulator’s preference for attributing industry sector to facilities with multiple activities.
Oil or gas exploration involves carrying out activities with the purpose of finding and appraising natural underground oil and gas accumulations.
The Clean Energy Regulator considers that oil or gas exploration may include:
Fugitive emissions from appraisal and development activities should be reported as the emissions source ‘Oil or gas exploration’ using methods detailed under Division 3.3.2 of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Measurement) Determination 2008 (NGER (Measurement) Determination).
Regulation 1.03 of the NGER Regulations defines ‘crude oil condensates’ to mean:
‘a condensate recovered from natural gas that is mixed with the crude oil’.
That is, a condensate produced from associated natural gas that exists in the underground formation dissolved in the crude oil. Where production or consumption of crude oil condensate occurs, it should be reported as production or consumption of item 33 in Schedule 1 of the NGER Regulations: ‘crude oil including crude oil condensates’. As this is a primary fuel type, its production should be reported for the facility at which it was extracted.
The NGER legislation currently does not provide a specific definition for natural gas condensate recovered from natural gas that exists in the underground formation separately to crude oil, e.g. from natural gas wells.
The Clean Energy Regulator considers that natural gas condensate meets the definition of ‘natural gas liquids’, which is defined under the NGER Regulations to mean:
‘liquefied hydrocarbons recovered from natural gas in separation facilities or processing plants and includes ethane, propane, butane (including normal and iso-butane) and pentane (including iso-pentane and pentanes plus)’.
Accordingly, the Clean Energy Regulator considers that production or consumption of natural gas condensate should be reported as production or consumption of item 34 in Schedule 1 of the NGER Regulations: ‘Other natural gas liquids’ for the 2018–19 reporting year. As this is a primary fuel type, its production should be reported for the facility at which it was extracted.
Emissions released from gas flared during natural gas production and processing activities can be estimated using Method 1, 2 or 3. The ‘quantity of gas flared during the year’ referred to under Method 1 is the
total waste gas stream (in tonnes) to pass through the flare during the year, not just the hydrocarbon component of the fuel. This includes any inert gases in the waste gas stream.
Methods 2 and 3 allow the total quantity of hydrocarbons within the waste gas stream to be determined and the calculation of facility specific emission factors.
As disposal and loss of energy is considered to be consumption of energy (see regulation 2.26 of NGER Regulations), it is necessary to report the energy content of fuels that are disposed of or lost through fugitive emissions activities, including venting, flaring activities, where the energy consumed is a fuel listed in Schedule 1 of the NGER Regulations.
When flaring emission sources and activities are entered into the Emissions and Energy Reporting System (EERS), a reporter will be required to select the type of fuel and quantity of gas flared. When a fuel type is selected, a reporter will then be required to either select the default energy content factor associated with the fuel (from Schedule 1 of the NGER Measurement Determination), or enter a facility specific energy content factor. EERS will automatically calculate the energy consumption associated with the quantity of the selected fuel type. The energy consumption will be categorised in the NGER report as ‘energy consumed by means of combustion for purposes other than producing electricity, producing a chemical or metal product, or for transport’.
Please note: where production of a fuel type occurs at a facility, any quantity of that fuel type consumed at the facility through venting, flaring and leakage activities should be included in the reported quantity of fuel type produced.
‘Industry practice’ is a concept widely referenced in the NGER Measurement Determination. It forms the basis of measurement criterion BBB for the measurement of quantities of fuels consumed when measurement equipment does not meet the requirements of criterion AAA. The use of industry practice is also permitted for the estimation of quantities of solid and gaseous fuels produced, and in certain circumstances, estimation of the amount of electricity consumed from the operation of a facility.
Industry practice is not defined in the NGER legislation. However, application of BBB should include consideration of the general principles in section 1.13 of the NGER Measurement Determination (i.e. transparency, comparability, accuracy and completeness) when making estimates of emissions and energy in accordance with industry practice.
With respect to reporting of energy consumed/produced from renewable electricity generation at a facility, in general, three energy activities are required by the NGER legislation:
More information in relation to reporting of electricity production and consumption can be found in section 7.3 of the ‘Estimating emissions and energy in the electricity generation, transmission, and distribution sectors guideline’.
Under 6.5(1A) of the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Measurement) Determination 2008 (NGER Measurement Determination), if ‘solar energy for electricity generation’, ‘wind energy for electricity generation’, ‘water energy for electricity generation’ or ‘geothermal energy for electricity generation’ is consumed at a facility then the energy content of the consumed energy (i.e. solar, wind etc.) is taken to be equal to the energy content of the electricity produced.
For example, if a solar farm produces 100,000 kWh (3,600 GJ) of electricity during a reporting year, the amount of ‘wind energy for electricity generation’ used to produce that electricity will be 3,600 GJ.
Reporting consumption of renewable energy commodities for electricity generation in the Emissions and Energy Reporting System:
A report is required to include the amount of electricity that was produced from the operation of a facility during the reporting year for each of the following purposes:
However, the report need not include information relating to electricity produced by a generating unit that:
Please note that a reporter can report electricity production even if the above thresholds in subregulation 4.19(2) of the National Greenhouse and Energy Regulations 2008 are not met. Where this occurs, the corresponding onsite consumption from own produced electricity generation should also be reported (produced for the purposes of the operation of the facility). If the facility generates electricity from renewable energy sources, the corresponding consumption of renewable energy for electricity generation should also be reported.
When electricity is produced for use for the purpose of the operation of a facility, corresponding electricity consumption is required to be reported. The quantity of electricity consumption at a generation facility should be equal to the difference between the quantity of electricity produced at the terminals of the generating units, and the quantity of electricity delivered for use outside the facility (i.e. supplied to an electricity transmission or distribution network, or for other use outside the facility).
Reporting electricity produced for use during the operation of the facility in the Emissions and Energy Reporting Systems (EERS):
Reporting consumption of electricity that was produced for use during the operation of the facility in EERS:
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