Grants for energy assessments and gas efficiency(new program – opening September 2017)
Surging prices have created huge increases in gas costs for Victorian businesses. Manufacturers and other energy intensive businesses are all feeling the pain and are looking for savings. Whilst the national policy debate continues some assistance to Victorian businesses is at hand. Sustainability Victoria has a suite of grants aimed at helping Victorian businesses (of any size) reduce their gas consumption and energy costs. The grants cover:
Who needs to report
Reporting refrigerants under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Scheme is a quirky and sometimes confusing process. Not sure if you should be reporting your refrigerants? Not sure how to report refrigerants?
Keep reading to find out what you need to know. Reporting of refrigerants is only required for facilities which falls under specific ANZIC codes – these are:
The Safeguard Mechanism requires large greenhouse gas emitting facilities to keep their emissions equal to, or below, historic levels (known as ‘the reported baseline’). Companies who have exceeded their reported baseline for 2016-2017 are now rushing to have their emissions limit increased via an alternative ‘calculated baseline’. Applications for a calculated baseline may have a 30 July 2017 deadline.
Directors of Australian companies who fail to consider, plan for and disclose foreseeable climate change risks on their organisation could be held personally liable for breaching their duty of due care and diligence under the Corporations Act 2001. This is according to a recent opinion provided by Barrister Noel Hutley SC to around 30 Australian business leaders. The legal opinion found many climate change risks “would be regarded by a court as being foreseeable at the present time” and Australian company directors “who fail to consider ‘climate change risks’ now could be found liable for breaching their duty of care and diligence in the future”.
The Clean Energy Regulator has just announced the date of the fifth (and maybe final) ERF auction – Wednesday 5 April 2017 and Thursday 6 April 2017.
Of the original $2.55B fund, around $400M remains and this could possibly be the last auction (depending on price and volume bid). The Turnbull Government is still yet to commit to any further funding of the ERF at this point in time.
There are a whole host of reasons why even cost-effective energy efficiency projects don’t get off the ground. One of the most common (and frustrating!) reasons is that management don’t sign off on business case proposals – even when we can clearly see that the benefits far outweigh the costs!
The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) has just announced the fourth ERF Auction will be held on 16 and 17 November 2016. The auction announcement often drives activity and this could potentially be the last one under the initial $2.55B promised under the Direct Action Plan. Key dates for the Auction including close of project registration applications is as follows:
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGERs) submissions for the 2015/16 year are due on 31 October 2016. There have been some legislative amendments to the NGER Determination in particular, and it’s always a good idea to have a refresher on the Emissions and Energy Reporting System (EERs) each year. The sessions are as follows:
Currently, certain large energy users are excluded from the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme, but this is may change from as early as 1 January 2017. Public submissions regarding the proposed changes are open until 13 July 2016 – consultation documents, including the option paper for including large and users and proposed methods are available here.