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Contract awarded for Australia's national emissions registry.



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PW 187/08 25 September 2008

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL EMISSIONS REGISTRY

The Department of Climate Change today awarded a $600,000 contract for the supply of Australia’s national emissions registry to internationally-experienced firm Perrin Quarles Associates (PQA).

The contract is for the supply of a Kyoto-compliant registry and is the first phase of an ongoing exercise to establish the registry that will underpin the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

“To comply with the Kyoto Protocol that the Rudd Government ratified in Bali last year, Australia needs a registry to hold and manage its Kyoto Protocol units,” Senator Wong said.

“This contract means that the Government is on track to have a Kyoto-compliant emissions registry in place by the end of the year.”

After the registry has been established to meet Australia’s Kyoto obligations, it will be developed to manage permit transactions under the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

The Department of Climate Change awarded the contract after an open tender process announced in May this year.

PQA has significant global experience in developing registry systems, including developing and implementing Kyoto registries for Canada and New Zealand.

PQA has also supported registry development initiatives for the United Nations, the World Bank, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

PQA is partnering with two Australian companies, Strategic Data Management and Aussie HQ, to deliver the project.

Countries signing up to the Kyoto Protocol are permitted an amount of carbon emissions as ‘assigned amount units’ and must set up a registry to monitor them.