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Safeguard facility reported emissions 2018-19

26 March 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.


The safeguard mechanism applies to all facilities that emit more than 100 000 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) emissions in a financial year (the reporting year). Emissions from covered facilities are reported through the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme, by 31 October following each financial year.

Responsible emitters for covered facilities must ensure that they are not in an excess emissions situation on or after 1 March following each reporting year, and have a number of options available to manage any excess emissions.

The Clean Energy Regulator is required to publish information about all covered facilities for each reporting year. Information published includes the baseline emissions number in force for that year, total reported emissions, the responsible emitter(s) for each facility, and any Australian carbon credit units surrendered.

Under the safeguard mechanism, the Clean Energy Regulator is also required to publish emissions for grid-connected electricity generator facilities. See more information about electricity sector emissions and generation data.

2018–19 Reporting year summary

DescriptionTotal
Facilities covered under the safeguard mechanism 210
Combined covered emissions (million tonnes CO2-e)144
Multi-year monitoring periods in place31
Baseline variations3
Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) surrendered 190,381

Notes about this publication

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 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).

Multi-year monitoring period determinations:

  • Under section 65 of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 (Safeguard Rule), responsible emitters may apply to the Clean Energy Regulator for a multi-year monitoring period to be declared in relation to a facility.
  • At the end of a multi-year monitoring period, the baseline for the facility is calculated by dividing the total of the baselines that would apply to the facility in each year of the multi-year monitoring period, by the total number of days in the multi-year monitoring period. This single baselines applies to the two or three year period. For multi-year monitoring periods that ended in 2018-19, the aggregate baseline is displayed in the ‘MYMP baseline number’ column.
    • For facilities that are partway through a multi-year monitoring period, the ‘MYMP baseline number’ column will show as n/a.
    • For data about the baseline that would apply to a facility for each year of the multi-year monitoring period, see the Multi-year monitoring period table.
  • For facilities that have a multi-year monitoring period in place, the net emissions number is the total covered emissions from the facility over the entire two or three year period, plus or minus any Australian carbon credit units issued or surrendered over the period. The ‘MYMP net emissions number’ will be populated for facilities with multi-year monitoring periods that ended in 2018-19.
    • This column will show as ‘n/a’, until the multi-year monitoring period has been completed.
    • For data about the covered emissions reported for each year of the multi-year monitoring period, see the Multi-year monitoring period table.

Baseline variation for an improvement in emissions intensity:

  • Under section 46 of the Safeguard Rule, responsible emitters may apply to the Clean Energy Regulator for a facility’s baseline to be varied, where they can demonstrate that the emissions intensity at a facility has improved.
  • Provided the relevant tests are met, the facility’s baseline is varied to the level of covered emissions from the facility, for a particular financial year.
  • The 2018-19 compliance period is the last year emissions intensity baseline variations are available.

Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) issued at a safeguard facility:

  • To avoid counting offsets twice, a facility that is covered by the safeguard mechanism and also generates ACCUs under the Emissions Reduction Fund will have any ACCUs that are issued during a financial year, added to its net emissions number.
  • This means that an affected safeguard facility’s net emissions number will be the total amount of covered emissions for the year, plus the total amount of ACCUs issued, minus any ACCUs surrendered.

The Clean Energy Regulator takes all reasonable efforts to ensure the information published on its website is accurate at the time of publication.

2018–19 Safeguard facilities data

The table below is a list of facilities covered under the safeguard mechanism for the 2018–19 reporting year.

Downloadable version of the data table

Documentasset: 2018–19 Safeguard facilities data

  
  
  
  
  
  
Angaston OperationsADELAIDE BRIGHTON LTD.246,443
128,534
0
128,534
APLNG FacilityCONOCOPHILLIPS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD2,599,192
1,981,995
0
1,981,995
APN01 Appin Colliery - ICH FacilityENDEAVOUR COAL PTY LIMITED3,960,227
2,009,716
0
2,255,709
APU01 Pyrenees - AOA FacilityBHP PETROLEUM PTY LTDN/A
201,552
0
N/A
ARC01 Mining Area C - MNG FacilityBHP BILLITON IRON ORE PTY. LTD.N/A
370,602
0
N/A
Ashton Coal Mine (Underground)ASHTON COAL OPERATIONS PTY LIMITED501,235
216,181
0
216,181
ATCO Gas Australia Pty LtdATCO GAS AUSTRALIA GP PTY LTD159,142
166,574
7,432
159,142
Aurizon Rail Freight NSWAURIZON OPERATIONS LIMITED134,160
122,425
0
122,425
Aurizon Rail Freight QLDAURIZON OPERATIONS LIMITED418,007
162,100
0
162,100
AusNet Gas ServicesAUSNET SERVICES HOLDINGS PTY LTD169,898
163,763
0
163,763
Australian Gas Networks (SA) LtdAUSTRALIAN GAS NETWORKS LIMITED300,947
209,608
0
209,608
Australian Gas Networks (Vic) Pty LtdAUSTRALIAN GAS NETWORKS LIMITED317,176
262,102
0
262,102
AWR Rail Freight WAAUSTRALIA WESTERN RAILROAD PTY LTD216,451
109,861
0
109,861
BalleraSANTOS LIMITED439,404
161,017
0
161,017
Batchfire Resources No.1BATCHFIRE RESOURCES PTY LTD252,425
198,952
0
198,952
Bell Bay SmelterRIO TINTO ALUMINIUM (BELL BAY) LIMITED365,384
361,287
0
361,287
Beltana / Blakefield SouthBULGA COAL MANAGEMENT PTY LIMITED3,314,944
335,494
0
335,494
Bengalla OperationsBENGALLA MINING COMPANY PTY LIMITED495,590
465,015
0
465,015
Birkenhead OperationsADELAIDE BRIGHTON LTD.944,301
873,903
0
892,748
Blackwater MineBM ALLIANCE COAL OPERATIONS PTY LIMITED768,909
637,207
0
637,207
Boggabri Coal MinesiteBOGGABRI COAL PTY LIMITED224,110
203,082
0
203,082
Boyne Smelters LimitedRIO TINTO ALUMINIUM LIMITED1,052,982
953,718
0
953,718
Brockman 2 / Nammuldi MinesHAMERSLEY IRON PTY. LIMITED316,854
252,090
0
252,090
Brockman 4 MineHAMERSLEY IRON PTY. LIMITED144,745
134,937
0
134,937
Bulga OpencutBULGA COAL MANAGEMENT PTY LIMITED673,617
650,813
0
650,813
Byerwen MineBYERWEN COAL PTY LTD353,323
195,543
0
195,543
CAN01SOUTH32 CANNINGTON PROPRIETARY LIMITED143,326
127,085
0
127,085
Capcoal MineANGLO COAL (CAPCOAL MANAGEMENT) PTY LIMITEDN/A
2,795,332
0
N/A
Carborough Downs Coal MineFITZROY (CQ) PTY LTD769,935
408,435
0
408,435
Caval Ridge MineBM ALLIANCE COAL OPERATIONS PTY LIMITEDN/A
503,745
0
N/A
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