Outcomes from the public consultation process on the draft National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings and Precincts are now available

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Consultation

This consultation closed on 10 February 2017. Documents remain available for reference only.

From 30 November 2016 to 10 February 2017 the Department invited comments on the draft National Carbon Offset Standards for Buildings and Precincts. The Department received 21 submissions for Buildings, 11 submissions for Precincts, and four submissions which addressed both Buildings and Precincts.

Draft Standards

About the draft standards

The National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings and the National Carbon Offset Standard for Precincts will be voluntary standards for carbon neutral buildings and precincts in Australia. The Standards set rules for measuring, reducing, offsetting and reporting emissions required to make carbon neutral claims for building and precinct operations.

The Department worked with the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), carbon accounting experts and property sector businesses to develop the draft Standards.

Certification against the Standards for precincts will be provided through the Australian Government’s Carbon Neutral Program, and for buildings through the NABERS Energy and Green Star – Performance rating schemes.

The draft Standards are an expansion of the existing National Carbon Offset Standard already available for organisations, products and services. Key principles and international best practice on which the requirements of the National Carbon Offset Standard are based, are not for review.

Consultation Outcomes

Overall, respondents were highly supportive of the draft Standards and recognised their alignment with the growing momentum of a lower emissions property sector. The below documents set out the key points raised through the consultation process and outline the Department’s position in response to these points.

Draft National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings – Summary of outcomes (PDF – 134.4 KB)
Draft National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings – Summary of outcomes (DOCX – 77.4 KB)

Draft National Carbon Offset Standard for Precincts – Summary of outcomes (PDF – 136.42 KB)
Draft National Carbon Offset Standard for Precincts – Summary of outcomes (DOCX – 76.54 KB)

Submissions received

The following non-confidential submission were received through the public consultation processes.

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Draft National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings

Draft National Carbon Offset Standard for Precincts

Next steps

The Department anticipates both the National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings and the National Carbon Offset Standard for Precincts will be published and launched in September/October 2017.

Further information

If you would like to receive updates on the progress for carbon neutral buildings or precincts, or would like to discuss the public consultation outcomes, please contact the Carbon Neutral team via carbonneutral@environment.gov.au

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