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Measurement Determination amendments for 2014-15

22 July 2016

The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Measurement) Determination 2008  (the Measurement Determination) has been amended for 2014. The current version has been consolidated to reflect the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Measurement) Amendment Determination 2014 (No. 1) (NGER Amendment) that contained amendments. Most of the amendments commenced on 1 July 2014, and effect NGER reporting obligations for the 2014-15 financial year.

The NGER Amendment followed consultation by the Department of the Environment in May 2014 and is part of the Australian Government's commitment to continuous improvement and enhancement of the efficiency of the NGER Scheme.

The NGER Amendment contains a number of amendments to the NGER reporting methods. The main changes are set out below:

  • an additional method 2 for the estimation of emissions from sludge lagoons
  • the provisions relating to temporary unavailability of a method due to technical or mechanical failure have been broadened to include unavailability of a measurement system (e.g. due to a natural disaster)
  • improved alignment of landfill gas combustion emission estimation with that under the Carbon Farming Initiative
  • updates to the scope 2 emissions factors for the consumption of electricity purchased from the grid
  • clarification and improved flexibility of a number of other emission estimation methodologies to simplify, streamline and improve the accuracy of estimates.

Amendments made by Schedule 2 to the NGER Amendment in regard to municipal waste come into effect from 1 July 2015 and apply for the 2015-16 reporting year.

The NGER Amendment legislative text and explanatory statement is available on the ComLaw website.

Technical guidelines

The NGER Technical Guidelines for 2012-13, 2013-14 and for 2014-15 financial years are available on the Department of the Environment website to assist stakeholders in understanding and applying the Measurement Determination.

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