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Landfill Gas Method – Consultation Extension Granted

Following requests from ALOA and other participants, the Dept of Environment has granted an extension to the consultation period for the periodic review of the landfill gas method to 26 April 2019. 

See our letter here and the Department’s response here.    Note ALOA is a member of the Technical Committee.

Email any feedback to info@aloa.com.au by 20 April 2019.

 

PFAS NEMP 2.0 I Consultation dates

Consultation on Draft of Version 2 of the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan

The PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP) was published in February 2018 following agreement by all Australian Environment Ministers. The Heads of EPAs (HEPA) National Chemicals Working Group (NCWG) has been working since to clarify and expand on the guidance in the NEMP. This updating work is consistent with the commitment by HEPA that the NEMP will be a living document. A comprehensive review of the PFAS NEMP will be undertaken in 2023.

Material in the NEMP 2.0 for consultation includes:

  • Updates to the soil criteria included in PFAS NEMP version 1, to ensure that criteria are appropriate for Australian conditions (these include changes to the human health residential soil criterion and to the land use categories for the ecological indirect soil criterion)
  • Extensive new guidance on the reuse of soil, including a decision tree to be applied in consultation with the regulator
  • Initial guidance on management of PFAS in wastewater, including trade waste, to be further developed in consultation with the water industry. This guidance includes an example water utility PFAS management framework, and
  • New on-site storage and containment guidance for PFAS-containing products and materials.

Stakeholders are invited to consider and provide feedback on the aspects of the NEMP that are either new or significantly revised. To facilitate this, the text that has changed from version 1 of the PFAS NEMP is shown in version 2 of the draft NEMP with a coloured background. There are two categories of changes which are highlighted:

  • new or significantly amended material – feedback is invited on these changes
  • editorial revisions to more clearly communicate the original intention of the NEMP text are shown for information – these changes are not subject to consultation.

Version 2 of the draft NEMP is available at the following links:

The consultation schedule

The current schedule for consultation is:

Location – city Date and time Venue RSVP
Hobart Wednesday 20 March
10.00 am – 11.30 am
Lands Building
6th Floor Conference Room
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart
RSVP by COB Monday 18 March via email:
ContaminatedSites@epa.tas.gov.au
Melbourne Thursday 21 March
10.00 am – 11.30 am
Ibis Hotel
Victoria Room
15-21 Therry Street Melbourne
RSVP via email: contact@epa.vic.gov.au
Adelaide Friday 22 March
10.00 am – 11.30 am
Pilgrim Centre
12 Flinders Street
Adelaide
RSVP via Eventbrite
Perth Thursday 28 March
10.00 am – 11.30 am
DWER Head Office
8 Davidson Terrace
Joondalup
RSVP by Monday 25 March via email: chemicals@dwer.wa.gov.au
Brisbane Tuesday 2 April
10.00 am – 11.30 am
Park Regis North Quay
293 North Quay
Brisbane
RSVP via Eventbrite
Darwin Wednesday 3 April
2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
NT EPA Office
Level 1 Arnhemica House
16 Parap Road
Parap
RSVP by COB Friday 29 March via email:
NTEPA.Consult@nt.gov.au
Canberra Tuesday 9 April
2.30 pm – 4.00 pm
Dame Pattie Menzies House
Ground Floor Conference Room
12 Challis Street
Dickson
RSVP details TBA
Sydney Wednesday 10 April
10.00 am – 11.30 am
Mitchell Theatre
Sydney Mechanics School of Art
280 Pitt Street
Sydney
RSVP online

Have your say – Qld Environmental Offsets Framework

The Department of Environment and Science is inviting you to have your say on the Review of Queensland’s Environmental Offsets Framework Discussion Paper.

We would like you to share your experiences with environmental offsets in Queensland by providing a response to questions raised and topics discussed within the discussion paper.

Your feedback will be used to inform the Queensland Government’s comprehensive review of the framework and help identify what is working well, and any areas for improvement.

The focus of the environmental offsets framework review is on the following five areas:

1.       The environmental outcomes delivered to date

2.       Our alignment with best practice

3.       How we measure offsets

4.       Security and transparency

5.       The opportunities for all landholders to be involved.

We have listened to stakeholder feedback received since the framework’s inception in 2014 and are looking to build on this feedback and obtain a more holistic and comprehensive view of the issues relevant to the business, industry, local government and conservation sectors.

The discussion paper consultation period is now open, closing at 5pm Monday 15 April 2019.

To provide your feedback on the discussion paper, you can:

  • Email offsetsreview@des.qld.gov.au
  • Post your response to the Environmental Offsets Review team, Department of Environment and Science, PO BOX 2454, BRISBANE QLD 4001.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us at offsetsreview@des.qld.gov.au.

Kind regards
Offsets Review Team
Department of Environment and Science

Carbon credits revenue to dry up for landfill gas generation projects

The Department of Environment and Energy has  released a draft variation to the landfill gas method that proposes several changes.

Landfill gas abatement is one of the most widely-used Emissions Reduction Fund methods, and companies that earn carbon credits from landfill projects include AGL, LMS Energy and EDL.

More than 80 projects that use the method have contracts to sell abatement to the Clean Energy Regulator. These have a total value of about $245 million.

No extension beyond seven years

The most significant change proposed in the draft variation is a decision not to extend the crediting period for landfill gas generation projects, which means that many existing projects will no longer be able to earn credits from about 2021.

The department has accepted the advice of the Emissions Reduction Advisory Committee (ERAC), which found that these generation projects are viable without credits (see background here).

However, projects that only flare methane and don’t generate electricity will be allowed to earn credits for a further five years after their initial seven-year period of earning carbon credits.

This is also in line with the recommendations of ERAC, which found that these projects need support to be viable.

The draft variation will also clarify that the crediting period of seven years for electricity generation projects can start after up to two years of earning credits from flaring without electricity generation.

In addition, the variation strengthens the definition of an upgrade activity, to ensure projects can’t be classified as an upgrade if they simply return to normal operating levels after a temporary downturn.

In 2017, AGL warned that its nine landfill gas generation projects might not continue beyond 2022 unless the government extended the crediting period (see background here).

Seven of the nine AGL projects have ERF contracts, which are worth about $14 million.

Comment on the draft variation closes on April 5.

Landfill gas methodology determination variation and related materials (Department of Environment and Energy, March 2019)