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Government to reduce reporting burden for trucking industry

The Australian Government has responded favourably to the industry’s concerns about the regulations that will govern the soon to be introduced National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System (NGERS).

In a statement, the Government announced it will make amendments to NGERS regulations in order to reduce the reporting burden on the trucking industry.

The ATA and its members have been calling on the Government to reduce coverage of mandatory reporting thresholds by reducing the scope of transport facilities to the state and territory level rather than at the national level as was originally proposed.

ATA Chairman, Trevor Martyn says the Government has advised that the change was a direct response to the trucking industry’s concerns.

“In our submission to the Government we argued that that a transport facility at the national level would create an unequal reporting burden on transport operators by imposing an effectively halved corporate-level mandatory reporting threshold on transport companies,” Martyn says.

“The Government listened to our concerns and implemented changes to the regulations that will eliminate mandatory reporting for some companies.”

Under the Government’s original proposal, all trucking companies consuming in excess of 2.5 million litres of diesel annually would have been subject to mandatory reporting as a result of exceeding a facility-level energy consumption threshold of 100 terajoules.

The threshold for mandatory reporting will now increase to 200 terajoules or a maximum of 5 million litres of diesel consumption, conditional on diesel purchases being split between statelevel facilities.

The NGERS legislation was enacted last year and the final regulations will be approved by the Minister for Climate Change and Water prior to the 1 July start of the first reporting period.

Trucking operators consuming in excess of two million litres of diesel per year are advised to assess whether they will exceed mandatory reporting thresholds by contacting the Department of Climate Change or their industry association.

Department of Climate Change: reporting@climatechange.gov.au

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