Hannah Meade

Hannah Meade

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is offering grant funding to implement gas efficiency projects for businesses using more than 1000GJ (about $30,000) of gas per year. Funding is offered in two stages:

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The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is offering grant funding to implement gas efficiency projects for businesses using more than 1000GJ (about $30,000) of gas per year. Funding is offered in two stages:

Stage 1: installation of gas measurement and monitoring systems including gas and steam sub-meters and data-logging systems.

Stage 2: implementation of gas efficiency improvement projects; for example the recovery of heat from refrigeration or compressors to offset gas use.

The Facilities method is applicable to organisations currently reporting under the National Greenhouse & Energy Reporting Scheme (NGERS), and provides a high-level, activity-neutral framework to calculate abatement from facilities. It is functionally consistent with the intent of the Industrial Electricity and Fuel Efficiency (IEFE) method.

The Clean Energy Regulator has announced the second Emissions Reduction Fund auction for carbon abatement contracts will be held on the 4th and 5th November 2015.

For those waiting for this announcement to move on registering their projects - time to get moving!

A number of projects have been registered during July under the new methods released since the first auction. The Clean Energy Regulator has said that new projects will only be eligible to participate in the auction if the completed project registration is received before Friday 18 September 2015.

So, here are a few NGERs related updates to note:

  • The 2014-15 Emissions and Energy Reporting System (EERS) is due for release on 31 July 2015 - with submissions as usual due by 31 October.
  • The Clean Energy Regulator is planning to facilitate training sessions in the use of EERS (timing to be advised).
  • OSCAR, the predecessor of EERS, will be decommissioned by the end of June 2015. So make sure you have logged on before then to download any historic reports that you haven't already saved to an internal system. (Following this requests for data can be submitted to the Clean Energy Regulator who will be able to provide the current NGERs contact person or executive officer with the requested historic reports).

 

Ndevr Environmental welcomes Katherine Simmons to the team!

We have recently added another highly experienced technical specialist to our team – Katherine Simmons. Bringing over 15 years’ engineering and management experience across the petrochemical and manufacturing industries, Katherine joins us from her previous role as Sustainability Manager at one of Australia’s largest petrochemical manufacturers. In her former position Katherine was responsible for all things environment, carbon, energy and sustainability related.

The Government's Emissions Reduction Fund provides a revenue stream to successful projects after emissions reductions have been verified. However, many projects will require significant upfront capital to get started. In light of this the NAB, with support from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, are offering an Energy Efficient Bonus to Equipment Finance Loans.

Any emissions reduction project that is registered for Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) and involves a technology are eligible for the 0.7% pa discount; $0 deposit; tailored repayments equipment loan.

The Clean Energy Regulator has just released the results of the first Emission Reduction Fund (ERF) Auction held last week (15-16 April).

Key points are as follows:

  • 107 Contracts have been awarded
  • 43 contractors covering 144 projects
  • Total value $660 471 500
  • Average price per tonne of abatement of $13.95
  • The majority were based on the sequestration; landfill; and alternative waste treatment methods.
  • Terra Carbon 41 projects for 27M tonnes from their native forest protection projects

Following the Victorian government commitment to strengthen the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET), the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Training and Resources  has undertaken external economic modelling on four different target options, these being: 5.4, 5.6, 5.8. and 6.2 million Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs) per year. In a briefing given yesterday, the department presented the results that a target of 5.6 million VEECs a year between 2016 and 2020 was predicted to deliver the largest net benefit.

This is only slightly higher than the current 2015 target of 5.4 million tonnes, and there was concern from stakeholders that the targets modelled were not high enough. However, the department officials claimed that larger targets would not necessarily result in a larger benefits and could introduce instability in the market.

While no decision has yet been made on possible rule changes to the scheme, the modelling has assumed that in line with the desire to closer align the NSW and VIC programs that from 2017 project based activities will be incorporated in the VEET. This will mean that large scale energy saving projects for heavy industry as well as upgrades to dairies, factory production lines or commercial buildings will qualify to generate VEECs.

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