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Safe Climate (Energy Efficient Non-Residential Buildings Scheme) Bill 2010

2010

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safe Climate (Energy Efficient Non-Residential Buildings Scheme) Bill 2010

 

No.      , 2010

 

(Senator Milne)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to introduce an emissions intensity cap and building efficiency certificate trading scheme for non-residential buildings to provide an economic incentive for investment in energy efficiency, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              2

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 2

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Object of Act....................................................................................... 2

4............ Constitutional basis for Act................................................................. 2

5............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 2

6............ Application to external Territories....................................................... 3

7............ Relationship with State and Territory laws.......................................... 3

8............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

Part 2—Emissions intensity cap                                                                                     5

9............ Classes of non-residential buildings.................................................... 5

10.......... Measurement of emissions intensities................................................. 5

11.......... Application of Act to owners of non-residential buildings.................. 5

12.......... Transitional reporting by owners........................................................ 5

13.......... Emissions intensity cap....................................................................... 7

14.......... National scheme gateway.................................................................... 9

Part 3—Reporting                                                                                                                10

15.......... Annual reporting by owners............................................................. 10

Part 4—Building Efficiency Certificate Scheme                                                12

16.......... Building Efficiency Certificate Scheme............................................. 12

17.......... Building efficiency certificates.......................................................... 12

18.......... Dealing in certificates........................................................................ 12

19.......... Surrender of certificates to meet reported emissions intensity........... 12

20.......... Failure to surrender sufficient certificates subject to building efficiency certificate shortfall penalty        13

21.......... Late payment penalty......................................................................... 14

22.......... Recovery of penalties........................................................................ 14

23.......... Records to be kept............................................................................. 14

Part 5—Register                                                                                                                     16

24.......... Register to be kept............................................................................. 16

25.......... Inspection of register......................................................................... 16

26.......... Evidentiary value of register.............................................................. 16

Part 6—Enforcement                                                                                                          18

Division 1—Civil penalty orders                                                                           18

27.......... Civil penalty provisions.................................................................... 18

28.......... Continuing contraventions................................................................ 18

29.......... Court may order person to pay pecuniary penalty for contravening civil penalty provision     19

30.......... Contravening a civil penalty provision is not an offence................... 20

31.......... Persons involved in contravening civil penalty provision................. 20

32.......... Recovery of a pecuniary penalty....................................................... 20

Division 2—Infringement notices                                                                          21

33.......... When an infringement notice can be given........................................ 21

34.......... Matters to be included in an infringement notice............................... 21

35.......... Amount of penalty............................................................................ 22

36.......... Withdrawal of an infringement notice............................................... 22

37.......... Paying the penalty in accordance with the notice............................... 23

38.......... Effect of this Division on civil proceedings...................................... 23

Division 3—Enforceable undertakings                                                              24

39.......... Acceptance of undertakings relating to contraventions...................... 24

40.......... Enforcement of undertakings............................................................ 24

Division 4—Liability of chief executive officers of corporations         26

41.......... Civil penalties for chief executive officers of corporations................ 26

42.......... Did a chief executive officer take reasonable steps to prevent contravention?          26

Part 7—Monitoring compliance                                                                                   28

Division 1—Authorised officers                                                                             28

43.......... Appointment of authorised officers................................................... 28

44.......... Identity cards..................................................................................... 28

Division 2—Powers of authorised officers                                                       30

45.......... Entering premises to monitor compliance.......................................... 30

46.......... Powers of authorised officers in monitoring compliance.................. 30

47.......... Authorised officer may request persons to answer questions........... 32

Division 3—Obligations and incidental powers of authorised officers    33

48.......... Authorised officer must produce identity card on request................. 33

49.......... Consent............................................................................................. 33

50.......... Announcement before entry.............................................................. 33

51.......... Details of warrant to be given to occupier etc. before entry............... 33

52.......... Use of electronic equipment in exercising monitoring powers.......... 34

53.......... Compensation for damage to electronic equipment........................... 35

Division 4—Occupier’s rights and responsibilities                                      37

54.......... Occupier entitled to be present during execution of warrant.............. 37

55.......... Occupier to provide authorised officer with all facilities and assistance 37

Division 5—Warrants                                                                                                 38

56.......... Monitoring warrants......................................................................... 38

Division 6—Information gathering                                                                      39

57.......... Power to request information............................................................ 39

58.......... Prohibitions on disclosure of information do not apply.................... 40

Division 7—External audits                                                                                     41

59.......... External audits—compliance............................................................. 41

60.......... External audits—other....................................................................... 42

61.......... Requirements for external auditors.................................................... 42

Part 8—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        44

62.......... Information may be provided to States and Territories...................... 44

63.......... Compensation for acquisition of property......................................... 45

64.......... Annual report on operation of Act.................................................... 45

65.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 45



A Bill for an Act to introduce an emissions intensity cap and building efficiency certificate trading scheme for non-residential buildings to provide an economic incentive for investment in energy efficiency, and for related purposes

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