First NGER reports: Experiences from participating businesses

01 Dec 2009Archived News Climate Change Matters

In the November edition of “Climate Change Matters”, Energetics conducted a short survey requesting that those involved in the compilation of their organisation’s first NGER report, provide feedback on their experience.

40 responses were received from Energetics’ database of 315 NGER participant organisations, representing a 13% response rate. The majority of respondents came from the manufacturing sector, utilities, food and beverage industries and mining. Below are some findings from the survey that provide an insight into companies’ experience in responding to the first round of reporting.

Was NGER reporting challenging?

  • 92% of survey respondents said the first NGER report was “challenging”.
  • Only 8% described the reporting process as “easy/ uncomplicated”.

Comments from respondents:

  • “hopefully the Department will respond to the problems experienced in the first round of reporting”
  • “still having problems obtaining accurate billing data and usage information from (utilities)” and
  • “more work (needs) to be done to consolidate learnings from the first report.”

Gathering Data

The survey asked the respondents to consider where the challenges lay: gathering energy and greenhouse emissions data internally and/ or gathering data from external sources such as contractors and suppliers.

  • 70% of survey respondents agreed that the task of gathering data internally was challenging,
  • 56% found that gathering data from external sources was challenging and 44% did not regard the task of engaging with external suppliers (utilities) to obtain the necessary information as challenging.

Using OSCAR

Of importance when understanding the issues associated with NGER reporting was the experience of using the Federal Government’s reporting tool, OSCAR.

  • 59% agreed that using the reporting tool presented some initial difficulties, but was ultimately straightforward to use.
  • 33% said that OSCAR was unclear/ confusing and a significant challenge in their NGER reporting experience.
  • 9% regarded the reporting tool as straightforward to use.

Quality of data

Woolworths Limited expressed in their 2009 Annual Corporate Responsibility Report that: “Our emissions reported for this year are the most accurate we have reported as we improve our measuring and estimating processes to meet the standards required of the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) legislation.

Respondents to Energetics’ survey:

  • 86% agreed that they were confident that their energy and greenhouse data was of “audit quality” standard.
  • 14% did not have that confidence.

Reporting in the future

  • 57% expressed confidence that the challenges they experienced have been, or will be, addressed.
  • 43% did not have the same confidence.

Business benefits gained

The survey respondents indicated that there were a number of broader business benefits that were gained from the process of compiling energy and greenhouse data and reporting.
These were indicated to be:

  • new processes for data gathering were established (79% agreed),
  • data sources were identified (64% agreed), and
  • an increased awareness amongst senior management of energy and greenhouse management (61% agreed).
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