Safeguard Mechanism | NGERs
The Australian Government’s Safeguard Mechanism was introduced in 2016 and places limits on Australia’s largest emitting sites or ‘facilities’. Currently around 215 facilities that emit over 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2-e) are covered under the Safeguard Mechanism.
The Safeguard Mechanism is administered through the governments Clean Energy Regulator (CER) via the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme (NGERs). NGERs provides a framework for Australia’s highest emitting organisations to measure, manage and report on their emissions.
The Safeguard Mechanism covers 28% of Australia’s emissions, usually in complex and hard to abate sectors. This makes it a critical piece of the government’s climate change policy and target to achieve 43% emissions reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050.
How We Can Help
Ndevr Environmental has deep expertise in the Safeguard Mechanism and NGERs, advising many of Australia’s largest and most complex sites reporting under the legislation. Our Managing Director was a key member of the Australian Government team that designed and implemented the NGER legislation, and our technical specialists have delivered dozens of complex NGERs and Safeguard Mechanism projects.
Our Safeguard Mechanism strategy, planning and consulting services include:
- Modelling potential emissions reduction trajectories, prioritising decarbonisation initiatives and understanding future capex, opex and production impacts
- Leveraging grants and subsidies to accelerate decarbonisation and limit capital impact
- Reporting and compliance support
- Assisting with policy consultation and submissions
- Safeguard Mechanism advisory for Emissions Intensity Determination (EID)
Safeguard Mechanism 2022 and beyond
To drive emissions reduction, the government has committed to implementing meaningful policy change and updated the Safeguard Mechanism legislation from July 1, 2023.
Here’s a quick overview of what changed with the government reforms, how the new Safeguard Mechanism Credit (SMC) scheme works, what reporting entities should do now and key safeguard reporting dates. Learn more.
Expert strategic advisory for NGERs and the Safeguard Mechanism
“Orica is a leading global mining and infrastructure solutions provider. We operate heavy industrial manufacturing sites around the world supplying explosives, blasting systems, mining chemicals and geotechnical monitoring services to our customers. Climate change presents a strategic risk to Orica and we have been partnering with Ndevr Environmental since 2019 on a range of GHG emissions regulatory and reporting initiatives, together with new carbon market opportunities.
The team at Ndevr Environmental helps us navigate the complexities of NGERs and the Safeguard Mechanism in Australia. We have been continually impressed with their technical expertise and diligence over the journey to date. Importantly our work together puts Orica in a strong position to both anticipate and respond to evolving climate policies and regulation. Ndevr Environmental are proving their value as we implement our Kooragang Island Decarbonisation Project, deploying new low-emissions technology and capturing opportunities presented by being on the supply-side of Australia’s carbon market. The project is set to deliver a cumulative emissions reduction of 4.7 MtCO2e by 2030 based on forecast production.
Ndevr Environmental are a credible, trusted and experienced advisor that has helped Orica turn our ideas into industrial scale emissions reduction.”
Troy Powell – Head of Sustainability, Orica
Our team are highly experienced with the Safeguard Mechanism, NGERs, the Emissions Reduction Fund, and industrial decarbonisation and strategy, with decades of experience working with some of Australia’s largest emitting companies.
Thought pieces from our team of experts with insights and best practice on the Safeguard Mechanism, NGERs and the Emissions Reduction Fund.
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Speak to our experts today about our Safeguard Mechanism strategy, planning and advisory services or if you need guidance and support on your NGERs reporting or your industrial decarbonisation strategy. Fill out the contact form below or call the team on 03 7035 1740, we’re here to help.