If you have answered yes to all of these questions, the commercial and public lighting method may be suitable for your business. Read on for eligibility and compliance details.
The commercial and public lighting method covers projects that improve the energy performance of lighting systems in commercial, industrial and public buildings, as well as public areas, such as pedestrian, street and traffic lighting. It can also include upgrades in the common areas of some types of residential buildings. By improving existing lighting systems, less electricity is consumed and emissions associated with the generation of electricity are reduced.
The commercial and public lighting method supports a broad range of activities which may modify, replace or supplement a lighting system. These include modifying or replacing illumination equipment (such as lamps and ballasts), installing lighting control systems (such as motion sensors, sensor lights, and programmable and manual dimmers) and installing equipment that generates electricity for direct use by the lighting systems (such as integrated photovoltaic luminaire units).
Please note the commercial and public lighting method was amended on 22 March 2016. Please ensure that you are referring to the latest version of the method. The Clean Energy Regulator will declare projects based on the legislation that is in force on the date of declaration.
You must read and understand the method and other legislative requirements to conduct a commercial and public lighting project and earn Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs). This includes:
Regulatory guidance and advice is published when needed to assist participants to understand requirements that may be complex or appear unclear or ambiguous. It is important to read all regulatory guidance relevant to your project.
This quick reference guide provides basic information about eligibility criteria and obligations that must be met to earn ACCUs from a commercial and public lighting method. It includes specific links to the relevant legislation but should not be viewed as an alternative to reading the full legislative requirements. Additional information can also be found in the full method guide linked above.
Seven years – The crediting period is the period of time a project can apply to claim Australian carbon credit units.
Relevant section of the Act:
There are general eligibility requirements in the Act, which include:
In addition, the commercial and public lighting method requires that:
Further eligibility requirements and further detail on those listed above can be found in Parts 2 and 3 of the Method.
Relevant section of the Method:
Subsection 11(1) (f) of the method states that if the lighting upgrade is part of a construction or building upgrade where a development approval is required for the works, it is not eligible under the method, with the exception of circumstances where a development approval is required only because of the lighting upgrade (and not for other work).
Further, applicants should be aware of the serviced areas that are excluded from this method (Section 8 (3)). They include residential dwellings (not including the common areas in BCA Class 2 buildings) and smaller hostels and boarding houses.
In broad terms, the method credits abatement by comparing an estimation of the energy used by the upgraded lighting system during the reporting period with an estimation of the energy that would have been used had the upgrade not occurred (during the same period).
The method estimates the energy use requirements (in watts) of both the old and new lighting systems based on the power of each lamp and does not require proponents to measure the energy consumption directly. The estimation uses deemed factors to establish the electricity usage based on serviced area and lighting control system type. The method also takes into account the climate zone of the serviced area for changes in the energy used for heating and cooling.
The method requires the project proponents to notify the Clean Energy Regulator of the following:
In addition to the general record keeping requirements of the Act and the Rules, Part 5 of the method sets out the information that must be kept and includes:
Relevant section of the Rule:
In addition to the general reporting requirements of the Act and Rules, Part 5 of the method sets out the following method specific requirements for offsets reports:
Information must be reported in the format required by the Clean Energy Regulator.
Relevant section of the Methods:
All ERF projects receive an audit schedule and must provide audit reports according to this schedule. A minimum of three audits will be scheduled and additional audits may be triggered. For more information on the audit requirements of the ERF see Part 19 of the Act, Part 6 of the Rule and information on Audits on our website.
Specialist skills will be required to carry out the project with the method.
This method requires that a licensed person or electrician supervise the project including providing a signed statement that they either undertook or supervised the work. Licensed person means a person authorised by law or other regulatory arrangements to undertake a particular kind of lighting upgrade in a State or Territory, such as an electrician or line-worker.
Also, If you are conducting a project using aggregation or providing lighting upgrades for third parties, you may be required to provide a report on the expected performance of the lighting upgrade to the owner of the lighting system. The disclosure requirements of Section 12 of the method require that this report be prepared by a suitably qualified lighting specialist. Suitably qualified people include:
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