From 3 August 2020, companies who conduct eligible emissions-intensive trade-exposed (EITE) activities can apply for 2021 exemption certificates. Applications must be submitted in the Client Portal on or before 30 March 2021.
Under the Renewable Energy Target, companies who conduct
eligible emissions-intensive trade-exposed (EITE) activities can apply for exemption certificates.
All applicants must use the electricity use method from 2020.
The exemption certificate application form is now available through the
Client Portal as an online form. If you have not already done so, you will need to create a login to access the Client Portal. Detailed information to help you apply is available in the
electricity use method guideline document on the
forms and resources for emissions-intensive trade-exposed exemption.
All interactions between the agency and EITE companies will occur online though the
Client Portal. EITE companies will be able to:
The legislated closing date for applications is 30 March annually. No extensions can be granted.
In addition to the standard application form, the agency may, depending on your circumstances, also require other forms to be completed as part of the application process.
The Department of the Environment and Energy has also published an instrument called the
emissions-intensive trade-exposed activity boundaries. Please refer to this as it describes the boundaries of EITE activities for determining an amount of exempt electricity.
An exemption certificate is issued to a company who made an application (referred to as the prescribed person) for exemption of liable electricity used in the eligible
EITE activity or activities conducted at a site in the year listed on the certificate.
If there are multiple liable entities listed in the application, the prescribed person will receive separate exemption certificates for each liable entity.
Each exemption certificate describes how the exemption amount, in megawatt hours (MWh), will be determined by the agency. We will provide the exemption amount after the exemption year.
Once applicants receive their exemption certificate they should discuss the provision of exemption certificate information with their liable entity. We will only provide this information to a liable entity listed in an application if we are authorised by the applicant. This authorisation can be provided in the application form or later in the year.
For further information on how the exemption reduces acquisitions for a liable entity, see
An audit report is required under the following circumstances.
The audit report must comply with the requirements of regulation 22UH of the Regulations.
An audit must be completed by a ‘registered greenhouse and energy auditor’ within the meaning of the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007, who is registered as a Category 2 auditor under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations 2008. The auditor must have no conflict of interest with the applicant.
To learn more about the requirement for applications to include an audit report, see paragraph 46A(2)(bb) of the Act and Subdivision BA of Division 4 of Part 3A of the Regulations.
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