The fourth Emissions Reduction Fund auction is coming

By Mike Ritchie – Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group The fourth Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) auction has recently been announced. This matters immensely for the waste and local government sectors. So many quality projects are working hard behind the scenes to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Whether that’s a third bin diverting organics out of…

Energy from Waste in Australia – is there a future?

By Ron Wainberg – Technical Director, MRA Consulting Group Energy from Waste (EfW) is very well established overseas, but in Australia it has yet to get off the ground. The reasons for this are to be found in a complex combination of different historical factors: adequate landfill capacity, poor financial incentives, unfavourable public perceptions and lack…

MRA clients successful at second ERF auction

The Clean Energy Regulator has today announced the results of the second Emissions Reduction Fund auction held on 4 and 5 November 2015. These contracts secure the delivery of 45.5 million tonnes of abatement at an average price per tonne of abatement of $12.25. The second Emissions Reduction Fund auction saw 129 carbon abatement contracts…

ERF auction round 2 – who will win?

The second Emissions Reduction Fund auction is just around the corner. Who will be the big winners this time around? A total of $1.89 billion in funds remains in the ERF to be spent over the crediting period to 2020. Competition in the second ERF auction is potentially greater with 330 projects registered under the…

Carbon credits for source separated organics – are you eligible?

The Department of the Environment has finally released a draft of the Source Separated Organic Waste Determination for public consultation today. Generate ACCUs for diverting organic waste from landfill The Source Separated Organics Method allows organisations to gain ACCU credits for activities that involve the diversion of organic material from landfill. Abatement is calculated as…

ERF: 8 week registration deadline for existing abatement projects

One of the key features of the Emissions Reduction Fund is that projects need to be “new” at the time of registration. From July 1st, only “paper projects” (projects in concept phase up to and including a completed design but without a formal decision to go ahead) will be allowed to participate. That is, if…

Lessons from the first ERF carbon auction

Published by ResourceRecovery.biz The winners during the first Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) auction have been announced. Congratulations to those who succeeded in securing a Carbon Abatement Contract with the Federal Government and commiserations to those who missed out. But don’t despair: there are many more auctions to come. Under the ERF, the Federal Government is…

Risk Based Licencing – nothing to fear

The NSW EPA’s risk-based licensing system commences on 1 July 2015. The goal of Risk Based Licensing is to allocate the maximum EPA resources to those sites that pose the greatest environmental risk and less to those that do not. The EPA intends to conduct an environmental Risk Assessment for each licenced site in NSW…