documentasset:Compliance and enforcement priorities 2023-24
The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) administers Australian Government schemes for reporting and reducing Australia’s carbon emissions. Our approach to compliance with those schemes is that:
Safeguard reporters should be preparing for elements of the reformed safeguard to come into effect from the 2023–24 reporting year. Safeguard reporters will need robust and accurate internal reporting systems and ensure they have sufficient ACCUs to meet any exceedances. The CER will be maintaining its attention on inaccurate or late reporters as this will be a focus for compliance action.
ACCU Scheme participants must ensure their reporting to us to support claims for ACCUs is accurate.
In implementing the Final Report of the Independent Review of ACCUs, we are currently analysing the extensive information provided to us by Human-induced Regeneration (HIR) project proponents. We may request further information from HIR project proponents to ensure the accuracy of that information for assurance purposes.
We have now publicly released Carbon Estimation Area (CEA) data. We will update that data as CEAs are amended so proponents must ensure that the data provided to the CER is accurate and complete.
Proponents are reminded that there are serious penalties for providing false or misleading information to the CER.
We collect and report on energy and emissions data which can be used to verify carbon emissions claims and to address greenwashing. We work closely with other regulators, such as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and provide data and information in support of their potential regulatory action.
Installers must provide sufficient evidence of attendance on site and we expect that Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme Agents will have systems and processes in place and will exercise appropriate care to prevent improper claims for small-scale technology certificates (STCs).
RET liable entities must meet their obligations to surrender large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) and Small-scale Technology certificates (STCs) on time. The CER will take action to recover debts from participants failing to surrender renewable energy certificates on time and then not paying shortfall charges, including winding up companies.
Corporate Emissions Reduction Transparency (CERT) report participants must provide accurate reporting and disclosure of climate-related commitments and context statements to us to reduce the potential for misunderstanding or greenwashing.
The CER will not hesitate to deregister or suspend auditors who are non-compliant or performing poorly. Assurance provided through audits is a critical compliance monitoring measure.
1 Registered as National Greenhouse and Energy Auditors to audit schemes administered by the CER.
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