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If you answered yes to this question, the high efficiency commercial appliances method may be suitable for your business. Read on for eligibility and compliance details.
The high efficiency commercial appliances method sets out the rules for projects that reduce emissions by improving the efficiency of air conditioners, close control air conditioners, refrigerated display cabinets and liquid–chilling packages in commercial or industrial buildings or common areas in residential buildings.
In using this method, you can replace existing equipment, supplement existing equipment or install equipment where there was none previously. Abatement for each installed appliance is credited by calculating the difference between the electricity used by an average similar appliance with that used by newly installed high efficiency appliance.
The method is based on similar methods used by the New South Wales Energy Savings Scheme (Business Appliances method) and the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme. However, there are some differences due to overall scheme design and coverage.
Section 114 of the
Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 (the Act) allows for methods to be revised and varied. This is to ensure methods continue to operate as originally intended. Variations to methods are developed and drafted by the Department of the Environment and Energy. Information on
draft methods and method variations is available on the Department of the Environment and Energy’s website.
The Clean Energy Regulator recommends making yourself familiar with proposed method variations relevant to your project should they arise, and how any changes between the original method and the varied method may affect your project plan.
You must read and understand the method and other legislative requirements to conduct a high efficiency commercial appliances project and earn Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs). This includes:
Department of Environment information on the high efficiency commercial appliances method
High efficiency commercial appliances – method application guidance
Seven years – the crediting period is the period of time a project undertakes activities which generate eligible abatement.
Relevant section of the Act:
General eligibility requirements of the Act which include:
In addition, the method requires that the installed equipment unit be:
Relevant sections of the Method:
In simple terms, the Method credits projects for the improved efficiency of the new equipment units compared to a baseline efficiency level. The baseline efficiency level is calculated using the average of similar units listed on the GEMS register.
Each of the four technology types use a slightly different calculation with different deemed factors to account for different equipment usage. For example, the calculation for air–conditioners allows for different usage factors depending on the NCC climate zone.
Relevant section of the Method:
The Method requires project proponents notify the Clean Energy Regulator of the following:
In addition to the general record keeping requirements of the
the Rules, the Method sets out the information that must be kept and includes the date the each equipment unit was commissioned.
Relevant section of the Rule:
In addition to the general reporting requirements of the Act and the Rule, the Method sets out some method specific requirements for offset reports including:
Relevant section of the Act
All projects receive an audit schedule and must provide audit reports according to this schedule. A minimum of three audits will be scheduled and additional audits may be triggered. For more information on the audit requirements, see the Act, the Rule and the
audit information on our website.
Specialist skills will be required to carry out the project with the Method including an electrician or qualified refrigeration mechanic. Other examples of specialist skills include:
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