First NGER report due

01 Oct 2008Archived News Climate Change Matters

The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act (NGER) is a new mandatory energy and greenhouse emissions reporting requirement for Australian business. Companies that must comply are required to submit their first report by October 2009.

 

NGER affects large energy users, energy producers and operations that directly emit greenhouse gases. Many companies are well underway to meet this requirement for the first year, and Energetics is supporting many through this time.

NGER compliance is principally an information task for business. Procedures to measure energy use must be established for each site, and information collected on operations that directly emit greenhouse gases. Measurement then must be gathered into a system that allows for emissions calculation and provides an audit trail.

NGER has specific requirements for how energy is measured and emissions calculated. In some industries, emissions monitoring equipment may be required to capture data on process emissions; in other areas additional metering may be necessary.

With official requirements for NGER only published in June 2008, companies have had little time to develop comprehensive information systems and procedures for the Act. Many companies are using spreadsheets to manage their NGER data requirements for the first year, which can be risky if not well designed and implemented, and is not suitable for longer-term NGER compliance.

Companies need good information management systems and processes to enable NGER compliance and a robust audit trail. Good information management systems are essential for sound management decision-making. Energetics’ EnTechUSB information management solution records energy purchasing information for every site and provides emissions calculations and regular performance reporting against KPIs to support internal efficiency targets.

Energetics is working with some companies to assist in the development of internal information systems to support compliance, or transitioning companies to capture data using the EnTechUSB system. Find out more information on .

NGER is not merely a reporting requirement. The quantification of greenhouse gases reported through NGER will form the basis for permit liability under the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) when it commences in 2010. While many large energy users will not be required to buy emission permits, as their fuel suppliers will have this responsibility, they will have higher energy costs. Alternatively, large fuel users can elect to manage their own permit liability for this fuel, through the use of an Obligation Transfer Number. As the cost to use fossil fuel and electricity will rise, it is increasingly important for companies to review the efficiency of their operations and seek opportunities to improve productivity through more efficient use of energy.

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