Posts Tagged ‘National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting’

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
POLLUTION

POLLUTION

Under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Act 2007, corporations that meet certain thresholds for greenhouse gas emissions and energy production and consumption are required to report to the Greenhouse and Energy Data Officer.

To determine whether your business is liable, see the Trucking Industry Fact Sheet 10 – Obligations under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act (available from your ATA member organisation).
Reporting responsibility under the NGER Act 2007 ultimately lies with the corporation that has operational control of facilities where thresholds are triggered.

Operational control lies with the corporation that has greatest authority to introduce and implement operation environmental and OH&S policies (refer section 11 of the NGER Act 2007) and needs to be applied in conjunction with the facility definitions described in Section 9 of the NGER Act 2007 and Division 2.4 of the NGER Regulations 2008.

Where operational control is difficult to determine, or could lie with two or more corporations, a balanced scorecard can be used to help corporations decide which facilities they need to report. The completed document might also form part of a corporation’s reporting methodology and records for audit and compliance purposes.

Industry developed examples will cover most business situations and the outcomes can be applied accordingly, depending on the business situation the parties are involved in.

It is not mandatory for corporations to use the scorecard and its application will require a somewhat subjective assessment and consultation between interested parties. However, applying the scorecard may assist with compliance to the legislation.
The Operational Control Scorecard examples can be downloaded at www.atatruck.net.au