On 7 March 2019, amendments to the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 came into effect. These amendments apply from the 2018-19 safeguard compliance period, onwards. Tools and resources available on the Clean Energy Regulator website will be updated shortly to reflect the amendments.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances under the safeguard mechanism, please
contact the Clean Energy Regulator.
A reported baseline for existing facilities will be determined by the Clean Energy Regulator based on National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) scheme data reported between 2009-10 and 2013-14. The reported baseline will be set at the highest level of scope 1 emissions for the facility over this five year period.
By using the highest level of historical emissions, factors such as natural variability in emissions are accommodated (for example, changes in production levels, plant maintenance or the types of inputs used).
We will issue a reported baseline for a facility if it:
In either of the above circumstances, we will initiate the reported baseline setting process. Before a reported baseline determination is made, we will contact the responsible emitters for each facility and advise them of the proposed baseline. Responsible emitters will then be given the opportunity to comment on the baseline and provide any additional information, before the actual determination is made. See
making a reported baseline determination for more information on this process.
If a facility does not meet either of the above circumstances but:
The responsible emitter for the facility has the option to
request a reported baseline determination in relation to the facility. Where the responsible emitter has the option to request a reported baseline, they must have done so by
31 July 2016. Once the responsible emitter has made this request, the standard process for a reported baseline determination will apply. That is, the person will be advised of the proposed baseline and then given the opportunity to comment on the baseline and provide any additional information, before the actual determination is made.
A default emissions baseline of 100 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent will apply if the facility does not request a reported baseline or apply for a calculated baseline under the new facility criteria.
A reported baseline does not expire, meaning that it will continue to apply unless another baseline is in force.
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