Carbon cop to pull out all stops

Chloe Munro, Chair of Clean Energy Regulator.THE nation’s top carbon cop has warned that she is ready to go to court to make sure the approximately 300 big greenhouse emitters, mostly businesses and councils, are meeting their greenhouse obligations.
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In an interview with The Age, Chloe Munro, head of the Clean Energy Regulator, also said that companies were already making efforts at energy efficiency to reduce their emissions.

Ms Munro said that businesses were ready for the introduction of the carbon pricing scheme, under which about 300 companies and councils will pay $23 for each tonne of the greenhouse gas they produce.

She said she believed the ”vast majority” of big emitters that will pay the tax wanted to count their carbon accurately and buy the right number of permits. But if it emerged businesses were under-reporting their emissions, the regulator would pick up the errors and step in, she said.

That would start with a ”please explain”, followed by an audit and, if necessary, entering premises to gather data and documentation.

”If it really appears that they are not reporting accurately, then we have information-gathering powers like any other regulator and we will exercise those,” she said. ”If necessary we would go to court.” She added: ”None of those [steps] are taken lightly.”

She said Australia was ready for the carbon price, saying there had been years of debate, preparation and consultation.

”Most of the businesses I talk to are ready for it and just want to get on with it.”

A couple of emitters had already challenged their inclusion in the list of 294 ”liable entities”, arguing they were under the 25,000 tonne-a-year threshold, she said.

The list would probably grow, though some emitters would likely drop off by finding ways to get their emissions below 25,000 tonnes a year.

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