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other than the National Electricity Market and the South West Interconnected System) is still “supply to an electricity transmission or distribution network”.Regulation 4.25 allows reporters to aggregate emissions and energy data from small facilities for the purpose of reporting under the NGER Scheme.

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The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations 2008 (the “NGER Regulations”) have previously been made under this section.When it comes to electricity generated from small units, the NGER Regulations currently provide that: Energy consumed in the production of electricity by small electricity generating units does need to be reported, but it does not need to be separately itemised as energy consumed in direct combustion for electricity generation (regulation 4.22).A “small electricity generating unit” is defined according to two thresholds – small generation capacity and small electricity output.There is an inconsistency between the threshold as currently set in regulations 4.19(2)(a), 4.20(3)(a) and 4.22(1)(a)(i).The threshold should operate such that a generating unit that has either small generation capacity Items 4 and 7 amend regulations 4.19(2)(a) and 4.20(3)(a) respectively to bring the expression of the threshold for small generation units into alignment with the expression used in regulation 4.22(1)(a)(i): that is, expressed in the form “the unit has capacity to produce less than 0.5 megawatts of electricity These amendments reduce reporting burden, particularly for National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (“NGER”) reporters with back-up electricity generation units that are hardly used in a given year (very small electricity production) but do have large generation capacity.This regulation amends the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Regulations 2008 to clarify and streamline reporting requirements in relation to scope 1 emissions and electricity production.

In addition, the instrument reduces administrative and regulatory burdens, particularly in relation to the registration, deregistration and suspension of greenhouse and energy auditors.

It is mostly used by reporters with a large number of small facilities.

While the regulation intends to make reporting easier for reporters, it still requires reporters to list the addresses (and latitude and longitude) of each small facility each year – information which is of very little or no use to NGER data users.

This matches the original policy intent to exclude any reporting of international bunker fuels (in accordance with international emissions reporting guidelines), and brings these two regulations into alignment with regulation 4.22, which already excludes international bunker fuels from the related reporting of energy consumption.

Division 4.4 of the NGER Regulations sets out detailed reporting requirements in relation to different sorts of emissions and energy.

The amount of industrial wastewater produced in kilolitres is a “matter to be identified” and reported under Schedule 3 of the NGER Regulations, as part of reporting on scope 1 emissions from wastewater handling.