The Australian Government has released a
Policy Paper outlining its likely approach to the
greenhouse and energy reporting regulations to be made under
the National Greenhouse Energy and Reporting Act 2007
Submissions are invited on the proposals in the Paper
– to be made by 27 February 2008 to the Commonwealth
Department of Climate Change.
The Paper outlines policy proposals on a number of
significant matters that arise under the NGER Act,
definitions of key terms such as
gas', 'industry sector'
(for production activities), 'oil or gas
the process for nominating the 'responsible
'joint ventures' that are part of a
boundary issues in relation to
proposed definitions of 'principal
productive activity', 'secondary
activity' and 'vertical
activities comprising a single undertaking or
enterprise that are attributable to a single location
or physical area, including:
methods for attributing transport activities to a
single location or physical area;
transmission and distribution
tests for what constitutes 'operational
control ' over certain types of
'facilities' such as pipelines,
electricity networks, commercial properties, contract mining
and various types of transport activities;
proposed new materiality thresholds for reporting;
details in relation to reporting procedure, treatment of
State and Territory data, record keeping, disclosure
obligations, administration; and
reporting issues surrounding recognition of greenhouse
gas removal or reduction projects.
This is an important step towards the implementation of
mandatory reporting arrangements under the NGER
Act which will require companies to report from 1 July
2008 if they trigger certain thresholds. The Act is also the
first legislative step in the introduction of an Australian
emissions trading scheme which is scheduled to commence in
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