The Clean Energy Regulator is an independent regulator responsible for administering a number of climate change laws, including:

  • Clean Energy Act 2011
  • National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007
  • Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000
  • Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011, and
  • Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011.

The purpose of these laws are to:

  • encourage the use of clean energy
  • provide for the reporting and dissemination of information related to greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and energy production of corporations
  • encourage the generation of electricity from renewable sources
  • provide for projects to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and projects to avoid emissions of greenhouse gases, and
  • provide a legislative basis for the Registry, used to issue and monitor emissions units.

These laws provide the Regulator with a range of monitoring and enforcement powers. Monitoring powers include independent audit, information gathering and inspections. Enforcement includes powers to suspend or revoke various permissions, accept enforceable undertakings from a regulated entity, issue infringement notices, or pursue legal action for breaches of civil penalty provisions. There are also criminal sanctions for persons or organisations found to have breached offence provisions contained in laws administered by the Regulator, or found to have engaged in dishonest or fraudulent conduct in connection with schemes established by those laws. The terminology used across the Acts differs in some instances. The Regulator recommends that you read the individual Acts for specific definitions.

The Regulator combines the functions of the former Greenhouse Energy Data Officer, Renewable Energy Regulator and Carbon Farming Initiative Administrator. Transitional arrangements allow enforcement activities commenced under the former arrangements to continue under the Regulator.

Author: 
Australian Government, Clean Energy Regulator
Publish Date: 
01/2012
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