The Council welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission on the Technology Investment Roadmap Discussion Paper (the Roadmap). In its response the Council considered the Government’s five areas of focus, on which it sought stakeholder views, as well as development of economic stretch goals.
Within the National Electricity Market (NEM) the Australian aluminium industry has four aluminium smelters and two alumina refineries and uses more than 10% of the electricity consumed in the NEM. Accordingly, the Australian aluminium industry has a strong interest in electricity policy.
The Council welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the May 2020 discussion paper “National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Scheme – 2020 Amendments Consultation Paper” (the Paper).
The Council welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Draft guidance on meeting the regulatory additionality requirement for the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) as outlined in the April 2020 Consultation Paper (the Paper).
The Council welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the 2020 Review of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), and particularly issues raised in the April 2020 Consultation Paper (the Paper). The Council has focused its submission in response to the specific consultation questions posed in the Paper.
The Council welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Second Review of Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). Individual member companies and other industry associations will make detailed submissions; however, there are three areas where the Council wishes to raise specific issues.
The Australian Aluminium Council (the Council) welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Consultation Paper on Safeguard Mechanism Emissions Intensity Benchmarks (the Paper). The Paper outlines how benchmarks for baselines would be determined for new facilities and significant expansions after 1 July 2020, and in particular the two options proposed for setting benchmarks under the Safeguard Mechanism.
Australia’s aluminium smelters, alumina refineries and bauxite mines are all required under the Safeguard Mechanism to keep their net Scope 1 emissions below a facility-specific baseline. In March 2019 amendments to the Safeguard Mechanism provided for the development of Government determined prescribed production variables (which broadly define what is produced at Safeguard facilities) and default emissions intensity values.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback on the process the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will use to consult on and produce the guidelines for the Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2019.
The Australian Aluminium Council welcomes the opportunity to provide input into developing solutions for a better coastal trading system. In considering its response the Council acknowledges that opening the coast, a strategic fleet and high cost subsidies are not on the table.