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17 December 2020


Important information for responsible emitters

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, amendments have been made to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 in recognition of the widespread disruption that COVID-19 has caused for business operations. The amendments:

  • Retain reported baselines for an extra year (reported baselines now cease on 1 July 2021)
  • Extend calculated baselines that ceased on 1 July 2019, by a year (the expired calculated baseline will have effect for 2019-20, unless replaced with a new baseline determination)
  • Allow facilities to use site-specific values for calculated baselines that commence in 2020-21 (formerly 2019-20 was the last year)
  • Allow responsible emitters to opt-in to extend a multi-year monitoring period that ceases on 1 July 2020, by one year
  • Allow a new facility criteria calculated baseline to commence in 2020-21 at the latest (formerly 2019-20), and
  • Delay the introduction of benchmark baselines for new facilities by a year (now will commence 1 July 2021).

This follows another recent amendment to include prescribed production variables and default emissions intensities in Schedules 2 and 3 of the Safeguard Rule which means that applications can now use prescribed production variables and default emissions intensities.

Under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 (Safeguard Rule), we publish information relating to emissions baseline determinations (baselines).

The safeguard baselines table includes facilities that have been issued a baseline determination under the safeguard mechanism. Inclusion on this table does not mean a facility will be covered by the safeguard mechanism for 2016–17 or for future financial years. Coverage will depend on whether the facility's covered emissions for the relevant financial year exceed the 100,000 tonne carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) safeguard threshold. Additionally, in the case of designated generation facilities that are connected to a designated electricity network (grid-connected electricity generators), facilities will only be covered once the sectoral baseline has been exceeded.

Responsible emitters identified on the safeguard baselines table can keep their emissions down in number of ways. For example, a responsible emitter may purchase Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) and surrender them to offset their emissions, or generate their own ACCUs by carrying out a project under the Emissions Reduction Fund.

Facilities that meet or exceed the safeguard threshold in a financial year from 1 July 2016, are referred to as designated large facilities for the purposes of the safeguard mechanism.

Safeguard baselines table update​

The safeguard baselines table was last updated on 17 December 2020 to reflect baseline determinations made under the safeguard mechanism. The Clean Energy Regulator will continue to update this information as baseline determinations are made and new information becomes available.

Summary of updates

UpdatesTotalSince last update
Number of baseline determinations published467
Baseline determination type: reported 333
Baseline determination type: calculated 128
Baseline determination type: Production adjusted 6
Multi-year monitoring period determinations31
​​Other determination detail updates*​89

*Updates to a determination’s details could be for a number of reasons including as a result of baselines expiring or being replaced, extensions to end dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a variation of a baseline emissions number or publication of a baseline emissions number that was previously withheld pending the outcome of a section 25 application. These are updates to already published determinations and do not affect the number of baseline determinations published.

Safeguard baselines table

Notes about this publication​

Current Baseline number:

  • Where a facility has both a reported baseline and a calculated baseline, the calculated baseline will be current, until such time as it expires.
  • If a facility has had more than one calculated baseline determination made, the most recently made one will be the baseline that is current.
  • Where a multi-year monitoring period is in place, the facility’s baseline for the entire period will be the total of the baselines that would have been current for each year during the extended monitoring period.
  • Where a facility has had its baseline temporarily varied due to improved emissions intensity, the variation will be current, for that particular financial year.
  • Baselines that are withheld may be pending the submission of an application, or a decision under, section 25 of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER Act).
  • Production adjusted baseline determinations that use annually adjusting prescribed production variables will not have a baseline number published in the Safeguard baselines table. This is because the baseline number will be calculated each year, based on the amount of production reported for the facility. These facilities have “Yes” recorded in the ‘Annually adjusted baseline’ column of the Safeguard baselines table. Each year’s production adjusted baseline number will be published, from March 2021 onwards, in Safeguard facility reported emissions data.

Historical data: We make a reported baseline determination for the facility based on its historical data. The historical data used as the basis of a reported baseline may not be data that was reported by the responsible emitter (or the controlling corporation of the responsible emitter) currently responsible for the facility. For example, the facility may have been sold, leading to reporting from different controlling corporations during the baseline setting period. Similarly, where a reporting transfer certificate (RTC) has been issued, the RTC holder will provide the reported data, while the person with operational control will be the responsible emitter.

Treatment of closed and partially closed facilities:

  • In circumstances where all activities at a facility has ceased, and it has been determined that there are no emissions or energy production or consumption occurring on site, the site will no longer meet the definition of a facility for the purposes of the NGER Act and a baseline determination will not be issued.
  • In circumstances where a facility has closed or partially closed, but there are still residual emissions, energy production or energy consumption occurring at the facility:
    • the minimum baseline of 100 000 will be issued where the removal of emissions associated with the ceased activities would lead to an adjusted baseline of less than 100 000 tonnes, or
    • where the responsible emitter has advised that activities at the facility are likely to recommence within three financial years, the baseline number will be set at the historical highpoint of reported data, with no adjustments made to account for the ceasing of activities.

Multi-year monitoring period declarations:

  • Under section 65 of the Safeguard Rule, responsible emitters may apply for a multi-year monitoring period to be declared in relation to a facility.
  • Where a multi-year monitoring period has been granted, the baseline emissions number for the facility is calculated as a single baseline number that applies across the entire multi-year monitoring period. At the end of the period, aggregate covered emissions for the two or three year period (plus or minus any Australian carbon credit units issued or surrendered) are compared against this baseline number to determine whether the facility is in an excess emissions situation.
  • For more information regarding the multi-year monitoring periods in place, including baseline numbers for completed MYMPs, please see the Multi-year monitoring period table.

Baseline variation for an improvement in emissions intensity:

  • Before 31 October 2019, under section 46 of the Safeguard Rule, responsible emitters could apply for a facility’s baseline to be varied, where they could demonstrate that the emissions intensity at a facility had improved
  • Provided the relevant tests were met, the facility’s baseline could be varied to the level of covered emissions from the facility, for a particular financial year.
  • The 2018-19 compliance period was the last year emissions intensity baseline variations were available.

Other variations to baselines

In certain circumstances, we may amend:

  • a reported baseline where it includes emissions attributable to activities that no longer occur at the facility
  • a reported baseline that was based on reported data that has later been determined to be incorrect
  • any type of baseline determination to take into account updates to the NGER legislation in relation to global warming potentials, and
  • any type of baseline determination to rectify an error.

A registered corporation or a person required to report under the NGER Act, may apply to have its data withheld from publication. A request can only be made in relation to information which reveals or could be capable of revealing a trade secret or any other matter having a commercial value that would be, or could reasonably be expected to be, destroyed or diminished if the information were disclosed specific to the facility or responsible emitter. See what data is published and why for more information.

Downloadable data

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State of operation
APU01 Pyrenees - AOA FacilityWABHP BILLITON PETROLEUM PTY LTD97 006 918 832588,383Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
ATCO Gas Australia Pty LtdWAATCO GAS AUSTRALIA GP PTY LTD76 151 245 779159,142Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Aurizon Rail Freight NSWNSWAURIZON OPERATIONS LIMITED47 564 947 264134,160Calculated baselineHistorical17/12/2020
Aurizon Rail Freight NSWNSWAURIZON OPERATIONS LIMITED47 564 947 264N/AProduction-adjusted baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Bell Bay SmelterTASRIO TINTO ALUMINIUM (BELL BAY) LIMITED91 009 483 201365,384Calculated baselineHistorical17/12/2020
Bell Bay SmelterTASRIO TINTO ALUMINIUM (BELL BAY) LIMITED91 009 483 201374,194Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Beltana / Blakefield SouthNSWBULGA COAL MANAGEMENT PTY LIMITED48 055 534 3913,314,944Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Blackwater MineQLDBM ALLIANCE COAL OPERATIONS PTY LIMITED67 096 412 752768,909Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Boyne Smelters LimitedQLDRIO TINTO ALUMINIUM LIMITED51 009 679 1271,052,982Reported baselineHistorical17/12/2020
Boyne Smelters LimitedQLDRIO TINTO ALUMINIUM LIMITED51 009 679 127918,989Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Brockman 2 / Nammuldi MinesWAHAMERSLEY IRON PTY. LIMITED49 004 558 276316,854Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Brockman 4 MineWAHAMERSLEY IRON PTY. LIMITED49 004 558 276144,745Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Capcoal MineQLDANGLO COAL (CAPCOAL MANAGEMENT) PTY LIMITED73 010 037 564N/AMulti-year monitoring periodCurrent17/12/2020
CEM NSW BerrimaNSWBORAL LIMITED13 008 421 761WithheldCalculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Chain Valley CollieryNSWLAKECOAL PTY LTD46 094 084 787691,140Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Christmas Creek MineWACHICHESTER METALS PTY LTD83 109 264 262556,084Reported baselineHistorical17/12/2020
Christmas Creek MineWACHICHESTER METALS PTY LTD83 109 264 262596,884Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Cloudbreak MineWACHICHESTER METALS PTY LTD83 109 264 262503,395Reported baselineHistorical17/12/2020
Cloudbreak MineWACHICHESTER METALS PTY LTD83 109 264 262405,681Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Curragh Mine SiteQLDWESFARMERS CURRAGH PTY LTD90 009 362 565605,372Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Curtis Island GLNG PlantQLDSANTOS LIMITED80 007 550 9231,682,408Calculated baselineHistorical17/12/2020
Curtis Island GLNG PlantQLDSANTOS LIMITED80 007 550 9231,888,177Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Daandine OperationsQLDARROW (DAANDINE) PTY. LTD.99 114 927 481126,559Reported baselineHistorical17/12/2020
Daandine OperationsQLDARROW (DAANDINE) PTY. LTD.99 114 927 481122,650Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
DandenongVICCSR LIMITED90 000 001 276128,005Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Darwin LNG PlantNTCONOCOPHILLIPS PIPELINE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD60 093 316 9591,751,841Reported baselineHistorical17/12/2020
Darwin LNG PlantNTSANTOS LIMITED80 007 550 9231,552,284Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Drake MineQLDDRAKE MINE MANAGEMENT PTY LTD30 612 261 453202,174Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
Eastern Gas PipelineNSW; VICJEMENA EASTERN GAS PIPELINE (1) PTY LTD15 068 570 847153,846Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
FairviewQLDSANTOS LIMITED80 007 550 923505,130Calculated baselineCurrent17/12/2020
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