Reporting on environmental management

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.

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 National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act (NGER)

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 National Pollutant Inventory (NPI)

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.

National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)

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.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) reporting obligations

Companies in certain circumstances must report their environmental compliance to ASIC.

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