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Businesses to register by 31 August for emissions and energy reporting.



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THE HON GREG COMBET AM MP Acting Minister for Climate Change

MEDIA RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 Tel 02 6277 7620 Fax 02 6273 7112

GC 21/09 26 August 2009

BUSINESSES TO REGISTER BY 31 AUGUST FOR EMISSIONS AND ENERGY REPORTING

Australian businesses required to report their annual greenhouse gas emissions and energy thresholds have until next Monday to register under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007.

The NGER Act sets thresholds for greenhouse gas emissions and energy use and production. Businesses meeting those thresholds must register and then report.

“This is the first time that Australian industry will be measuring and reporting on their greenhouse gas emissions and energy use and production under a single national framework, and this data will be publicly available,” Mr Combet said.

“This is an important milestone in the transition to a low carbon future. The requirement for industry to measure and report on their greenhouse gas emissions and energy use and consumption will underpin the introduction of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.’’

The NGER system, first passed into law under the Howard government, forms the first concrete steps towards emissions trading. With the proposed commencement of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme in mid-2011, there are another two reporting years to test and refine the system in preparation for emissions trading.

“The Department of Climate Change has been working closely with industry to ensure that businesses are aware of any requirements they may have under the NGER Act,” Mr Combet said. “The online system for comprehensive activity reporting (OSCAR), the reporting tool for NGER, is being significantly redeveloped and upgraded to meet requirements.

“The Department has a dedicated outreach team helping businesses affected by the legislation to work through the steps involved. Businesses should make contact as early as possible to access the guidance and resources available.’’

The regulator under the Act, the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer, has published a Compliance and Enforcement Policy to support companies trying to do the right thing.

For businesses that actively seek to avoid their obligations under the Act, the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer has a statutory obligation to enforce the provisions of the Act.

Businesses can self assess and apply to register online at www.climatechange.gov.au/reporting. Registration applications are due by 31 August 2009. Reports from businesses on their emissions and/or energy generation or use for the 2008-2009 reporting period are due by 31 October 2009.

Media contact: Rod Hilton 0458 276 619 Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Office: 1800 018 831 or reporting@climatechange.gov.au