Public Participation, Environmental Regulations & Acts.

Amended National Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations Published

The amended GHG Reporting Regulations have just been published. They are available here to download. The amendments provide additional clarity on key definitions such as what “operational control” means; clarify the requirements for registering standby generators; as well as preparing for upcoming regulations on having your GHG emissions reports validated and verified by an independent third party.

The regulations also include a few GHG-emitting activities which were previously not applicable, including ceramics production in excess of 50 tonnes per month; intensive poultry farms which have in excess of 40 000 places for poultry; and plantations in excess of 100 hectares in extent.

Contact Enviroprac if you need to establish whether your industrial facility or agricultural enterprise is required to report GHG emissions, and for assistance with the calculation and reporting of these emissions.

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Waste Act: Draft Norms & Standards for Organic Waste Composting.

South Africa is moving ever faster towards diverting maximum waste from landfill. The second draft Norms and Standards for Organic Waste Composting have just been published for public comment. The N&S are aimed at supporting the composters of non-hazardous organic waste. The N&S will govern the design, construction and operation of composting facilities in line with industry best practice, and obviate the need for composters to undertake a sometimes lengthy and expensive application for a Waste Licence.

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Environmental Management Act: Regulations to Phase-Out the Use of Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP’s) persist for long periods of time in the environment, accumulating over time and passing via the food chain from species to species. These POP’s negatively impact human and environmental health. Able to be transported by wind and water, these pollutants are a global problem.

South Africa is phasing out the use of these POP’s in line with their commitment to honour international agreements such as the 2001 Stockholm Convention.

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Waste management exclusion regulations.

If you or your industry is considering having your waste stream excluded from the definition of “waste”, please see the attached requirements under the Waste Exclusion Regulations. We can assist you with the required risk assessment and risk management plan.

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Air Quality Act amended MES.

If you are not yet aware of the amendment to the Minimum Emissions Standards published under the Air Quality Act, please see the amendment attached. Wondering how this impacts your facility? Contact us for more information.

Final Carbon Tax Act allowance regulations published.

Carbon taxpayers - Treasury has published the finalised regulations relating to the quantum of allowance applicable for trade exposure; for taxpayers using renewable energy sources; and for industries which have calculated an emission benchmark value. The regulations are here.

If you need assistance with registering and reporting as a greenhouse gas emitter, contact Enviroprac. In partnership with specialist tax and incentives consultants, we also offer advice and support for registering as a carbon taxpayer, maximising your carbon tax allowance claims, and administering your tax returns.

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Trade Exposure Allowance Regs - June 2020

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Benchmark Allowance Regs - June 2020

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Renewable Energy Premium - June2020

 

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