The final elements of the transition to the new baseline setting arrangements, including the expiry of reported baselines, will be in place for the 2021-22 compliance period.
We encourage you to start your planning now. Options for setting baselines will be more limited for baselines commencing 1 July 2021.
Please be aware that:
Note: If you want to use site-specific emission intensities for some or all production variables in a calculated baseline you must apply by 1 November 2021.
Emissions baselines are the reference point against which emissions performance will be measured under the safeguard mechanism. A safeguard facility must keep its net emissions levels at or below its baseline.
There are four main types of emissions baselines:
Both calculated baselines and benchmark baselines are determined using forecasts of production, and can be replaced with a
production-adjusted baseline that reflects actual production from the facility.
A facility must exceed the 100,000 t CO2-e threshold to be covered by the safeguard mechanism. A baseline cannot be set below this level.
If a facility does not have one of the four types of baselines then a default emissions baseline of 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2-e) will apply.
Note that on the expiry of a calculated baseline, the default emissions baseline of 100,000 tCO2-e will apply unless another baseline is approved. A facility will no longer revert to its reported baseline.
In some circumstances a facility covered by the safeguard mechanism may apply for a
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