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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

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.

Get In Touch

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.


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      ​AWESOME STREETFOOD, ZERO CARBON – that’s Atiyah. With its launch in 2020, Atiyah became Australia’s first 100% renewable-run street food zero-carbon kitchen certified under Climate Active. Atiyah sets operational carbon efficiency benchmarks and raises awareness about the global warming impact of food choices. They even disclosed the footprint of every item on their menu to empower their customers’ low-carbon lifestyle. We assist ATIYAH with their carbon neutrality certification.



      Responsible business is at the heart of what Intrepid does. Intrepid has been a pioneer in measuring and reporting carbon emissions since 2010. When it joined the Climate Active family in 2018, it became the largest global provider of carbon neutral certified travel adventures and the first company to voluntarily include all global operations in its certification.


      CARBON NEUTRAL ORGANISATION & PRODUCT NEXTDC are one of Australia‘s most trusted providers of data centre solutions. Since 2018 we’ve been assisting them with their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) accounting and in March 2021, the company broke ground with the launch of NEXTneutral, an innovative Climate Active-compliant colocation opt-in program for their customers. Learn more.


      Goodman Group is an ASX20 global property expert in logistics and business space. It owns, develops and manages industrial property in 17 countries. We provide strategic advisory on Goodman’s operational GHG inventory and trajectory, the GHG intensity of its investment portfolio, net zero pathway and carbon neutral certification, as well as the renewable energy delivery strategy.


      ISPT is one of Australia’s largest unlisted property fund managers, with over $11.9 billion of funds under management. We assist ISPT with its net zero pathway, land-based offset strategy as well as maintaining its carbon neutral certification. When ISPT joined the Climate Active network, it pioneered many concepts. It became the first participant under Climate Active to voluntarily include base building operations on all its owned and operated properties into its organisational certification and, as an industry first, procured 100% Australian Carbon Credit Offset Units (ACCUs).


      BHP is an ASX listed, world-leading resources company and are among the world’s top producers of major commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal and copper. They also have substantial interests in oil, gas and energy coal. We assist BHP comply with energy and greenhouse gas legislation and advise facilities on matters related to energy use and production emissions.


      Intrepid Travel is the largest small group adventure travel company in the world. Responsible business is at the heart of what Intrepid does. We assist Intrepid with their Human Rights reporting obligations as well as many aspects of its GHG accounting and reporting. This includes its Science-based target (SBT), making them the first tour operator with approved SBT. When Intrepid joined the Climate Active family in 2018, it became the largest global provider of carbon neutral certified travel adventures and the first company to voluntarily include all global operations in its certification.


      Lion is a global beverage company with a portfolio of brands in beer, cider, wine, spirits, seltzers, and non-alcoholic drinks. Lion has four large and four small Australian breweries, and its brands include XXXX, GOLD, Tooheys New, and Little Creatures. We assisted Lion to become Australia’s first large-scale brewer to be certified as carbon neutral under Climate Active in 2020.

      QANTAS Airline

      Founded in the Queensland outback in 1920, Qantas has grown to be Australia’s largest domestic and international airline. We have worked with Qantas since 2016 on a variety of emissions reduction projects.


      Orica is the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas and construction markets, a leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction, and a specialist provider of ground support services in mining and tunnelling. We assist Orica with their regulatory reporting such as NGERs and also carbon abatement projects.

      Fulton Hogan

      Fulton Hogan has more than 80 years experience in the transport, water, energy, mining, civil construction and land development infrastructure in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific.
      We assist Fulton Hogan comply with NGER and NPI legislation for their extensive national operations. We work Fulton’s team to streamline reporting procedures to avoid duplicating data handling and transparently demonstrate data flows and aggregations.


      Toyota Australia was founded in 1963 and is one of Australia’s leading automotive companies. We have worked with Toyota since 2018 on many aspects of its GHG accounting, target setting, reduction initiatives, and reporting. We continue to inform strategic decisions around the contribution of the Australian business to the realisation of Toyota’s global Environmental Challenge 2050.

      H&H Group / Swisse Wellness

      H&H Group is a global health and nutrition company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Consumer brands include Biostime, Solid Gold Pet, Dodie, Good Goût, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, CBII, and Swisse Wellness, a vitamin, supplement, and skincare brand, born in Australia in 1969. We have been working with Swisse and the group on many aspects of its GHG accounting and reporting, including the ongoing management of its Climate Active certification.


      AGL is one of Australia’s leading energy companies offering electricity, gas, solar and renewable energy services, plus internet and mobile plans. We have assisted AGL for over five years on a variety of activities including audit and assurance projects.


      Viva Energy is a leading energy company which supplies about a quarter of Australia’s fuel requirements. Viva Energy make, import, blend and deliver fuels, lubricants, solvents and bitumen through extensive national and international supply chains. We assist Viva Energy with a range of energy and greenhouse gas related projects. These include annual NGER reporting, Safeguard baseline setting, advice on Emission Reduction Fund opportunities and emission trajectories.