According to figures released by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) from the latest National Greenhouse and Energy Report (NGERs), Australias top 50 most carbon intensive companies could have an initial carbon price liability of $7.3 billion.
Over 800 corporations recently reported under NGERs – a Federal Government carbon monitoring and reporting framework which is mandatory for the ~430 companies currently emitting >50 kilotonnes CO2-equivalent (CO2-e) per annum.
The reward for corporations exceeding the mandatory reporting threshold under NGERs is payment of $23 a tonne carbon price on their emissions when the scheme comes into effect on the 1st July 2012. For some corporations, this liability may be reduced based on assistance sourced from the government (ie. via free permits) – with Climate Change Minister Greg Combet suggesting (in February 2012) the effective carbon price would reduced to $1.30 a tonne following such assistance measures.
For further information regarding how your organisation may be able to gain access to the $1 billion on offer through the federal governments’ ‘Clean Technology Investment Programs’, go to www.ausindustry.gov.au and follow the links to the Clean Tech program.
The nation’s national greenhouse accounts has reported that Australia has cut its emissions by 1% in 2011.
Sectors to decrease their emissions intensity included electricity, energy (figurive emissions) and agriculture. In contrast the transport, industrial processes and waste sectors each increased their emissions year on year to September 2011.
The findings also suggest total demand for energy was down, with electricity emissions dropping by 3.2%.
The 2012 World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on the promotion of occupational safety and health (OSH) in a green economy. There is a shift in the world to a greener and more sustainable economy. However, even if certain jobs are considered to be “green”, the technologies used may protect the environment but not be safe at all.
As the green economy develops, it is essential that safety and health at work are integrated into green jobs policies. This implies integrating risk assessment and management measures in the life cycle analysis of all green jobs. A true green job must integrate safety and health into design, procurement, operations, maintenance, sourcing and recycling policies, certification systems and OSH quality standards. This is especially relevant for sectors such as construction, waste recycling, solar energy production and biomass processing.
Find out more about this year's campaign.