Guidelines

Carbon pricing mechanism repeal

The Clean Energy Act 2011 has been repealed. This abolishes the carbon pricing mechanism from 1 July 2014. Liable entities must still meet their carbon price obligations for the 2013-14 financial year.

Content on the Clean Energy Regulator website will be progressively updated to reflect these changes. More information can be found on the carbon pricing mechanism repeal page.

Australian National Register of Emissions Units (ANREU) accounts

See ANREU guidelines.

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Carbon price liability

Compressed natural gas and liability under the Clean Energy Act

This document provides general information about the treatment of compressed natural gas (CNG) under the Clean Energy Act.

Guide to Carbon Price Liability under the Clean Energy Act 2011

The purpose of this guide is to assist entities to understand their obligations under the Clean Energy Act and the NGER Act.

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Coal-fired generation assistance

Application for Certificate of Eligibility for Coal-fired Generation assistance

The Government has established the Energy Security Package to provide effective management of energy security risks and promote a smooth transition to a cleaner energy future. The Energy Security Package includes, amongst its measures, the Energy Security Fund (ESF) that provides for potential payments for closure of the most emissions-intensive coal-fired generators and transitional assistance for highly emissions-intensive coal-fired generators.

The ESF has made provision for cash payments of $1 billion in 2011-12 and free carbon units in the form of up to 41,705 million free carbon units provided annually from 2013-14 to 2016-17. The cash payments measure is being administered by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) and the free carbon units scheme is being managed by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER).

The Government is now accepting applications for transitional assistance in the form of free carbon units under the ESF. The allocation of free carbon units will be conditional on recipients being granted a Certificate of Eligibility for coal-fired generation assistance by the CER, complying with the annual Power System Reliability Test (PSRT) requirements and lodging their annual Clean Energy Investment Plan (CEIP) to the Minister for Energy and Resources.

Applicants who have lodged an application and the supporting documentation with DCCEE for cash assistance and elected to have their application passed to the CER, for the purpose of applying for ESF free carbon units, are not required to reapply. These applications were passed to the CER when it was established on 2 April 2012.

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Interim emissions numbers

Interim emissions number guideline

This document contains information about:

  • the definition of an interim emissions number (IEN)
  • which liable entities will have an IEN
  • the type of information a person with an IEN will need to include in their report under section 22AA of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER Act).

Embodied emissions for the provisional surrender period 2013-14

This document contains information about calculating interim emissions numbers (IENs) for amounts of embodied emissions for the provisional surrender period. The Emissions and Energy Reporting System (EERS) does not calculate IENs for amounts of embodied emissions in relation to producing, importing, and quoting an Obligation Transfer Number (OTN) for supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and in relation to own-use of natural gas. EERS will calculate IENs in relation to supplying, and quoting an OTN for supplies of natural gas.

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Jobs and Competitiveness Program: 2013-14 year

2013-14 Jobs and Competitiveness Program guidance for applicants

This document is designed to assist eligible person(s) to apply to the Clean Energy Regulator for free carbon units in relation to an emissions-intensive trade-exposed activity carried on at a facility or facilities during the 2013–14 financial year.

Audit report guidelines for 2013-14 Jobs and Competitiveness Program applications

This document provides general information and guidance regarding audit reports for applications in relation to emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program. It should not be construed as legal advice. Professional advice should be sought as required to ensure that all requirements of the Clean Energy Act and the Clean Energy Regulations 2011 are met.

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Jobs and Competitiveness Program: 2012-13 year

2012-13 Jobs and Competitiveness Program guidance for applicants

This document is designed to assist eligible person(s) to apply to the Clean Energy Regulator for free carbon units in relation to an emissions-intensive trade-exposed activity carried on at a facility or facilities during the 2012–13 financial year.

Audit report guidelines for 2012-13 Jobs and Competitiveness Program applications

This document provides general information and guidance regarding audit reports for applications under the Jobs and Competitiveness Program for the 2012-13 financial year.

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Joint ventures

Joint ventures guideline

This document sets out how unincorporated joint ventures are treated under the Clean Energy Act and the NGER Act.

Further information

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Landfill and solid waste

Guideline for landfill operators

This guideline is primarily intended for persons with operational control of liable landfill facilities. It aims to assist these landfill operators to understand their obligations under the Clean Energy Act and outlines the reporting requirements under the NGER Act for landfill facilities that meet or exceed the Clean Energy Act threshold. It addresses key questions such as when does a landfill facility become liable (i.e. become subject to the carbon pricing mechanism), who has liability, what do you have to do if you are liable and how can you reduce your liability.

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Liability transfer certificates

Liability Transfer Certificates (LTC) guidelines

This document sets out how Liability Transfer Certificates (LTCs) will operate under the Clean Energy Act and the NGER Act.

Guidance on Completing an Application for a Corporate Group Liability Transfer Certificate under section 81 of the Clean Energy Act 2011 Form (CER-LTC-001)

This guidance has been designed to assist applicants in completing the "Application for a Corporate Group Liability Transfer Certificate under section 81 of the Clean Energy Act 2011" form. This guidance does not form part of the application form, and should not accompany the form, when it is submitted to the Clean Energy Regulator.

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Opt-in Scheme

Liquid fuel Opt-in Scheme guideline

This guideline sets out information about the Opt-in Scheme to assist large users of liquid fuels to manage their liability for emissions from those liquid fuels under the carbon pricing mechanism.

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Registration

Registration as a liable entity under the NGER Act

This document sets out information about a liable entity’s obligations under the NGER Act to apply to the Clean Energy Regulator for registration as a liable entity.

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