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Foreword by the Chair

 

I am pleased to present the Clean Energy Regulator’s Corporate Plan 2019–23 as required under section 35 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. This plan outlines the factors that influence the work we do, how we will continue to work closely with all our stakeholders and participants and develop our staff capabilities to ensure that we are prepared to respond to changes in our operating environment and how we demonstrate that we are achieving our objectives.

Our purpose is to accelerate carbon abatement for Australia. This is a distillation of our statutory duties under the legislation dealing with renewable energy, carbon farming and reporting of, and limitations on, emissions by large emitters.

We are more than just a regulator. We administer a range of government schemes that directly or indirectly drive lower emissions, including purchasing carbon credits under the Emissions Reduction Fund. The Emissions Reduction Fund architecture provides a sound foundation to implement the next stages of the Climate Solutions Fund.

The Climate Solutions Fund will help Australia meet its international carbon reduction obligations. It will provide more opportunities for participants and drive market development. The work we have to do on the Climate Solutions Fund will be a priority for us. We understand that we do not work in isolation and cannot achieve this alone. We are focused on working closely with partners across industry and various levels of government and with our new and existing participants.

We are placing a strong focus on developing our capabilities to ensure that we are prepared for our future. We invest in capabilities that enable us to be agile and flexible in times of change. Continuous improvement is essential in our registries and systems, which enable our participants to securely report, receive entitlements, acquit liabilities and trade. The integrity of our data is essential as we are the custodians of Australia’s key emissions, energy and abatement data. We share this data with state and territory governments, international partners with advice on systems and frameworks, and share carbon market knowledge.

Our plans for the next four years will be supported by capable, agile and engaged staff who can confidently navigate the challenges the future may present. I am strongly committed to instilling a positive workplace culture that encourages innovation and active development for all staff.

I look forward to meeting the exciting challenges and opportunities that the agency will face over the life of this Corporate Plan. In doing so, we will all continue our valuable contribution to achieving further carbon abatement for Australia and play our part in addressing climate change.

Mr David Parker AM
Chair, Clean Energy Regulator
14 August 2019

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