At a national and global level, climate change has become a key business issue. Governments worldwide are now imposing measures to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions – including mandatory emissions trading, voluntary regimes, carbon or energy taxes, and regulatory standards on energy efficiency and emissions.
The Australian Government has introduced a mandatory reporting scheme, called The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act (NGER). The Act compels organisations to register and report if they emit greenhouse gases, produce energy, or consume energy at or above specified annual thresholds. The onus is on the organisation to determine if they have to report or not - which effectively means that many organisation must know their Carbon position, if only to prove that they need not report yet under current limits.
The cost of non-compliance is significant with penalties of up to $220,000 plus $11,000 per day accruing to over $4 million within a year, and criminal charges for CEOs and executive officers found to be in breach. Business cannot afford to be non-compliant.
The Australian Government passed the The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act (NGER) in September 2007 to create a consistent approach to greenhouse gas emission reporting across Australia. The collection and reporting of information related to greenhouse gas emissions, greenhouse gas projects, energy production and energy consumption supports Australian Government policy initiatives in this area (such as the Emissions Reduction Fund) as well as international GHG reporting requirements.
The Government has produced several helpful fact sheets covering a number of important areas as well as several legislative instruments sitting under the NGER Act:
NGER Legislation and Regulations
NGER Fact sheets, FAQs and guidelines
Does the NGER Act apply to your organisation?
You have a requirement to report under the NGER Act if your company or any one of its facilities have greenhouse gas emissions, or energy production or consumption, above trigger levels. The corporate trigger levels decrease with time. The trigger levels have been set at:
- If any single facility within the company produces 25,000 tCO2e gross direct emissions or over 100 TJ of energy are produced or consumed
- If the company produces 50,000 tCO2e or 200 TJ of energy are produced or consumed
Carbon Intelligence can assist your organisation in a number of ways. We can
- Help you understand your responsibilities under the NGER Act using one-to-one discussions or information workshops for your staff.
- Work with you to determine responsibility for reporting between your company, your suppliers and your customers.
- Documenting this delineation of responsibility (called Operational Control in the NGER Act) to a standard suitable for use in a future audit.
- Work with you to notionally partition the organisation into emitting Facilities.
- Help you understand what data needs to be collected at each Facility, and how to manage this process in complex organisations.
- Accurately record all the relevant data so that it will meet developing Audit requirements.
- Deploy software tools to turn the data into management information, so you stay informed about Carbon emissions from each Facility for which you have Operational Control.
- Explain to you whether or not you are exempt from Reporting.
- Helping you to Register and Report if you need to.
- Training your people to do this process for you.
- In future, enable you to use specific software tools within your own organisation.
Our team has prepared many Australian companies for NGER reporting. Above all, Carbon Intelligence brings a pragmatic, cost effective, business orientated approach to helping your organisation with its Carbon reporting responsibilities.
For more information on National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER),