The Safeguard Mechanism has been reformed following a
consultation process undertaken by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.
New obligations and reporting requirements apply to Safeguard facility financial years commencing on or after
1 July 2023:
The following information has been published in line with the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015 prior to commencement of the new arrangements.
New data publishing requirements will apply from
1 July 2023. See
Safeguard data for more information.
The safeguard mechanism commenced on 1 July 2016 and applies to all facilities that emit more than 100,000 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) emissions in a financial year (the reporting year). Emissions from covered facilities are reported through the
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme, by 31 October following each financial year.
Responsible emitters for covered facilities must ensure that they are not in an
excess emissions situation on or after 1 March following each reporting year, and have a number of options available to manage any excess emissions.
The Clean Energy Regulator is required to publish information about all covered facilities for each reporting year. Information published includes the baseline emissions number in force for that year, total reported emissions, the responsible emitter(s) for each facility, and any Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) surrendered.
Under the safeguard mechanism, the Clean Energy Regulator is also required to publish emissions for grid-connected electricity generator facilities. See more information about
electricity sector emissions and generation data.
The Clean Energy Regulator takes all reasonable efforts to ensure the information published on its website is accurate at the time of publication.
The table below is a list of facilities covered under the safeguard mechanism for the 2016–17 reporting year.
Documentasset: 2016–17 Safeguard facilities data
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