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Measurement Determination

07 August 2017

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Overview

The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Measurement) Determination 2008 (the Measurement Determination) provides methods, criteria and measurement standards for calculating greenhouse gas emissions and energy data under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER Act). It covers scope 1 and scope 2 emissions and energy production and consumption.

The Measurement Determination is updated annually to reflect improvements in emission estimation methods. Changes are also made in response to industry feedback. Reporters should make sure that they use the correct version of the Measurement Determination, corresponding to the year in which they are reporting. Reporters should also be aware of the relevant amendments made for that year. Amendments, compilations and explanatory memoranda for each year can be found on the ComLaw website.

Amendment summaries for current and previous reporting years are available on the archived resources section of the website.

Amendments for 2016-17 onwards

The Measurement Determination​ has been amended for 2016, commencing on 1 July 2016. These amendments apply for the 2016-17 reporting year, onwards.

The NGER Amendment followed consultation by the Department of the Environment and is part of the Australian Government's commitment to continuously improve and enhance the efficiency of the NGER Scheme.

The main amendments incorporated into the 2016-17 Measurement Determination include:

  • updates to the scope 2 emissions factors for the consumption of electricity purchased from the grid
  • alignment of the definition of legacy waste with the Safeguard Rule and amendments relating to measurement of legacy and non-legacy emissions from solid waste disposal in a landfill.
  • removal of definitions which relate to the repealed carbon pricing mechanism;
  • clarification of captured for permanent storage and an additional methods for estimating fugitives emissions from injection of greenhouse gasses into geological formations, and estimating fugitive emissions from geological formations used for the storage of greenhouse gasses.

Amendments for 2015-16 onwards

Changes were made to municipal waste under Schedule 2 in the NGER Amendment and these came into effect on 1 July 2014 and apply to the 2015-16 year.

Amendments for 2014-15 onwards

The Measurement Determination has been amended for 2014, commencing on 1 July 2014.

The NGER Amendment followed consultation by the Department of the Environment in May 2014 and is part of the Australian Government's commitment to continuously improve and enhance the efficiency of the NGER Scheme.

The main amendments incorporated into the 2013-14 Measurement Determination include:

  • an additional method for estimating the emissions from sludge lagoons
  • a change in the provision for "temporary unavailability of method" due to technical or mechanical failure which has been broadened to include "unavailability of a measurement system (e.g. due to a natural disaster")
  • improved alignment of landfill gas combustion emissions estimation with the corresponding provision in the Carbon Farming Initiative
  • updates to the scope 2 emissions factors for the consumption of electricity purchased from the grid
  • clarification and improved flexibility relating to a number of other emission estimation methodologies to simplify, streamline and improve the accuracy of estimates.

Amendments for 2013-14 onwards

A number of changes were made to both the NGER Regulations 2008 and the Measurement Determination to streamline reporting obligations for reporters for 2013-14 onwards. These changes do not affect the integrity of NGER data for data users.

Further detail on these changes can be found at What's new: simplifying NGER obligations from 2013-14.

Consultation papers and submissions

Further information on consultations undertaken to develop the NGER legislation is available through the Department of the Environmen​t and Energy website​​.

Technical Guidelines

The NGER Technical Guidelines for 2012-13, 2013-14 and for 2014-15 financial years are available on the Department of the Environment and Energy website to assist stakeholders in understanding and applying the Measurement Determination.

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