What you SHOULD know about the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations?
The release of the National Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations (NGER) earlier this year was intended to introduce a single national GHG reporting system that would enable the implementation of the long mooted Carbon Tax. In addition to this, the reporting system is part of South Africa’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Climate Accord.
But do you know how to report and if you need to report? This guide aims to at least put you on the right track.
Report of the High -Level Commission on Carbon Prices
During the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Marrakech, Morocco, in 2016, at the invitation of the CoChairs
of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) High-Level Assembly, Ségolène Royal
and Feike Sijbesma, Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics, and Lord Nicholas Stern,
accepted to chair a new High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices comprising economists,
and climate change and energy specialists from all over the world, to help spur successful
implementation of the Paris Agreement.
The Commission’s objective is to identify indicative corridors of carbon prices that can
be used to guide the design of carbon-pricing instruments and other climate policies,
regulations, and measures to incentivize bold climate action and stimulate learning and
innovation to deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement and support the achievement
of the Sustainable Development Goals.
South Africa Carbon Tax and Reporting Requirements (May, 2017)
The GHG Reporting Regulations, after being in draft format for two years, aim to introduce a single national reporting system for the transparent reporting of GHG emissions, which will be used predominantly to update and maintain a National Greenhouse Gas Inventory and will assist South Africa in meeting its international obligations in relation to climate change mitigation. SA is currently going through the necessary consultation processes to ratify the Paris Agreement, which the country signed in April 2016.
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