Emission estimation and reporting in Australia - what you need to know, now.
As the end of the financial reporting year draws closer, many of our clients are requiring environmental accounting assistance to meet their regulatory and internal reporting obligations. This includes emission estimation and reporting under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS) and the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI).
In Australia, the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) scheme is a single national framework for reporting and disseminating company information about greenhouse gas emissions, energy production, energy consumption and other information specified under NGER legislation. A reporting year runs from 1st July through to the 30th June the following year, with the National Greenhouse and Energy Register reports due on the 31st October. Failure to submit a report by this date is a contravention of the NGER Act that may attract a civil penalty of up to $444,000.
The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) provides the community, industry and government with free information about substance emissions in Australia. It has emission estimates for 93 toxic substances and the source and location of these emissions. There are more than 4000 facilities from a wide range of industry sectors that report annually to the NPI. Most facilities are required to submit their emissions report three months after the end of their 12 month reporting period (either financial or calendar)
How can we help you meet your reporting requirements?
Comprised of a diverse and experienced team of scientists, engineers and environmental consultants. our Air Quality Team provides expert advice across a wide range of services, including all aspects of environmental accounting. We can help companies with their Environmental Accounting by providing assistance with mandatory government reporting in accordance with the requirements of NPI and NGER programmes.
This data collation, management, estimation and reporting would include:
- Identify emission sources, energy consumption and energy production points
- Identify operational control and reporting requirements of the organisation/facility
- Identify data management control requirements with a view to reporting needs, and provide assistance with, and during, the data collection process
- Ensure data completeness and accuracy, in compliance with NPI and NGER legislation, guidelines and latest manuals
- Assess threshold triggers, and estimate and compare emissions with previous years’ data to ensure consistency and identify trends
- Verify and review data before submission
- Upload data to the NPI Online Reporting System (ORS) and Emissions Energy Reporting System (EERS) for NGER, fulfilling verification protocols
- Prepare a standard operating procedure (SOP) detailing the data collection process, calculations, reporting and record keeping requirements for NPI and NGER
- The above services can also be applied to internal environmental and sustainability reporting