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Audits in our schemes

14 July 2017

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Audits are conducted under the Emissions Reduction Fund, the ​National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme and the Renewable Energy Target.

Emissions Reduction Fund audits​

Audits under the Emissions Reduction Fund are required to establish reasonable assurance that the calculation of carbon abatement reported by a project is accurate. Initial audits cover a period of at least six months, and all other scheduled audits cover a minimum of 12 months.

In addition, unscheduled or triggered audits may be identified by the Clean Energy Regulator for individual projects that report carbon abatement over 100 000 t CO2-e in a single report, that are varied during the crediting period, or for other reasons determined by the Clean Energy Regulator.

See more information about Emissions Reduction Fund audits.

Renewable Energy Target exemption certificate audits

Audits are required under the Renewable Energy Target for companies that conduct emissions-intensive trade-exposed activities and submit an application for exemption over 15 000 MWh, or if the application is made by a prescribed person detailed in regulation 22G, 22H, 22I, 22J or 22K of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001.

Exemption certificate audit reports must also comply with the requirements detailed in regulation 22UB of the regulations.

See more information about exemption certificate applications and exemption certificate audits​.

Greenhouse and energy reporting audits

Greenhouse and energy audits are used to determine whether registered corporations are complying with the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007​.

Safeguard mechanism audits

Responsible emitters for a facility with scope 1 emissions of more than more than 100,000 tCO2-e per year that wish to apply for a calculated baseline must also submit a safeguard mechanism audit with their application. Safeguard mechanism audits provide assurance of a corporations’ forecast production and emissions intensity, and ensure that the initial calculated baseline criteria have been met.

See more information about the applying for a calculated baseline under the safeguard mechanism.

Compliance monitoring and management

We run an annual audit program as part of our broader compliance monitoring strategy. If a scheme participant is selected for audit they will receive a written notice stating that an audit is required and specifying the reason for and scope of the audit.

The Clean Energy Regulator pays for these audits, and will​ choose and appoint the auditor for this engagement.

Compliance management

Where the Clean Energy Regulator has reasonable grounds to suspect a breach of the legislation or that obligations a​​re not being met, we will send a scheme participant a written notice stating that an audit is required and specifying the matter or ‘area’ to be audited.

For these audits, the scheme participant must appoint and pay for a greenhouse and energy auditor of its own choice, unless a particular auditor has been specified in the notice.

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