Reporting on environmental management
Before you can reduce your impact on the environment, you need to know which areas of your business are causing the most impact. Regularly monitoring and reporting your impacts on the environment, including greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, can help you:
- identify areas of your business that are producing the most waste and emissions
- create an environmental management plan focused on reducing the specific environmental impacts of your business
- comply with mandatory reporting requirements
- present your environmental performance to the public in a transparent and accountable way.
Some common environmental reports used by businesses include greenhouse and energy reporting, corporate sustainability or triple bottom line reporting, and natural resource management monitoring.
For most businesses, environmental reporting is voluntary, but there are some mandatory industry reporting requirements that may apply to your business.
Introducing best practice reporting frameworks and successfully managing your impacts on the environment can also give you the opportunity to apply for an accredited licence with many of the state and territory Environment Protection Agencies.
The NGER has required large corporations to report greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and production. Corporations can refer to the NGER Guidelines for further information on reporting thresholds.
The NPI provides information on the types and amounts of pollutants emitted to the atmosphere. Businesses that meet certain criteria need to supply a yearly NPI report recording their emissions.
NICNAS is a national notification and assessment scheme that protects the health of the public, workers and the environment from the harmful effects of industrial chemicals. Businesses that manufacture or import certain industrial chemicals must register and provide annual reports to NICNAS.
Companies in certain circumstances are also required to report their environmental compliance to ASIC.
What to do...
- Find information on greenhouse and energy reporting on the Department of the Environments website.
- Visit the NPI reporting page to find out if your business has to report emissions to the Government.
- Go to the NICNAS website for more information on the types of industrial chemicals that require registration and assessment.
- Contact ASIC for information on company environmental reporting obligations.
- Find out about the Natural Landcare Programme on the Natural Landcare Programme website.
- Read our Environmental planning and auditing page for information on implementing environmental planning.
- Locate your state or territory Environmental Protection Agency's contact details in our Environmental management in your state or territory.