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The role of the Clean Energy Regulator

30 July 2015
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The Clean Energy Regulator is responsible for key administrative tasks under the Emissions Reduction Fund including:

  • registering projects
  • running auctions
  • managing contracts
  • issuing Australian carbon credit units on achievement of emissions reductions.

The Clean Energy Regulator is an economic regulator and does not have any direct role or powers under our legislation to enforce work health and safety, environmental protection, or planning laws. However, we do share information with relevant regulators in appropriate circumstances.

Responsibility for meeting obligations to undertake a project in accordance with the law always rests with the business or individual concerned. If you are unsure of your legal responsibilities or believe that a business or person is not complying with the law, you should contact the relevant local authorities first.

The Department of the Environment will develop new methods for businesses to use to estimate emissions reductions.

The Department of Agriculture funds innovative research and on-farm trials of land sector emissions reduction and carbon storage opportunities that also seek to enhance productivity and sustainability. Research outcomes will help inform the development of methods under the Emissions Reduction Fund. The Department also administers the Extension and Outreach program, which delivers information about land sector emissions management to farmers, land managers and their key influencers. Through targeted activities, farmers are supported to make informed decisions about emissions management and participating in the Emissions Reduction Fund.

AusIndustry can provide advice on project development and energy efficiency and other emissions reduction opportunities.

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