The Clean Energy Regulator administers two market based schemes:
Emissions Reduction Fund where Australian carbon credit units are traded through the carbon market, and
Renewable Energy Target where large-scale generation certificates and small-scale technology certificates are traded through the renewable energy market.
The Clean Energy Regulator supports and facilitates effective engagement in the each market by encouraging investment in renewable energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and in doing so, increasing the quantity of units and certificates generated and made available for sale. This forms the supply side of the market.
It is also the role of the Clean Energy Regulator to ensure scheme participants comply with legislation and regulations. This means that large emitters who are liable under each scheme are required to buy and surrender units and certificates to meet their obligations. This forms the demand side of the market.
Secondary markets exist in the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target and Small-scale Renewable Energy Schemes under the Renewable Energy Target, where certificates are traded at market prices based on supply and demand.
Secondary markets for Australian carbon credit units are emerging through multiple demand sources including the Emissions Reduction Fund auctions, safeguard mechanism and other voluntary and compliance markets. Information is available for individuals or organisations seeking to source ACCUs on our page Buying ACCUs.
In addition to ensuring unit and certificate integrity through scheme compliance with legislation and regulations, the Clean Energy Regulator assists the operation of the secondary market by engaging with secondary market participants, and providing them with information and educational resources.
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