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02 May 2019


The last year that emissions intensity baseline variations will be available is 2018–19. The deadline for applications for 2018–19 is 31 October 2019.

Baseline variation for an improvement in emissions intensity

Some business growth is incremental and will not meet the definition of ‘significant expansion’ (for example, where businesses increase production within existing plant capacity or expand capacity by less than 20 per cent). In many cases, this growth will be accompanied by falling emissions intensity of production, delivering both economic and environmental benefits.

Baselines may be varied to accommodate such incremental growth. A responsible emitter can apply to have their baseline temporarily increased in any year where expanding production is accompanied by an emissions intensity improvement (that is, the emissions intensity of production has decreased).

The facility will undergo an emissions intensity test, where current emissions intensity is compared with previous emissions intensity to ensure there has been an improvement.

A Documentasset: CER-NGER-012 Application for safeguard mechanism baseline variation for reduced emissions intensity form must be accompanied by an independent audit report providing assurance over the emissions intensity test and the information provided in the application.

If successful, the facility’s baseline will be increased for one year to be equal to the reported emissions in that year. After one year, the facility will revert to its original baseline.

See more information in the Documentasset: Baseline variation for reduced emissions intensity application guidance

Variations to a production adjusted baseline

Facilities with an existing production adjusted baseline may apply to vary that baseline if they produce a new prescribed (annually adjusted) production variable that was not included in the original production adjusted baseline. Such variations can be made even where the original production adjusted baseline did not include an annually adjusting production variable.

Please contact the Clean Energy Regulator on 1300 553 542 or via email to discuss applying to vary a production adjusted baseline.

Baseline variations made by the Clean Energy Regulator

In certain circumstances, the Clean Energy Regulator may:

  • vary a reported, calculated or production adjusted baseline where it includes emissions attributable to activities that no longer occur at the facility,
  • vary a reported baseline that was based on reported data that has later been determined to be incorrect,
  • make a replacement determination for any type of baseline determination relating to a facility that splits into multiple facilities or multiple facilities that merge to form a single facility,
  • vary any type of baseline determination to take into account updates in relation to global warming potentials or default emissions intensity values, and
  • remake any type of baseline determination to rectify an error.

Before a baseline is varied or remade, the Clean Energy Regulator will notify and seek comment from the responsible emitter.

Decisions made by the Clean Energy Regulator to vary or remake a baseline can be reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

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