In June 2015, the Minister of Environmental Affairs published notice of her intention to make the South African National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations. The Draft Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations envisage the creation of a single national system for the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations – the First of their Kind in SA

This is the first attempt by South Africa to understand greenhouse gas emissions in South Africa. As the old adage goes, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”. The Draft Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations themselves state:

The purpose of these Regulations is to introduce a single national reporting system for the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, which will be used-
(a) to inform policy formulation;
(b) for the Republic of South Africa to meet its obligations under the United Framework Convention
on Climate Change and any other international treaties to which it is bound; and
(c) to establish and maintain a National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

The Draft Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations propose that any person conducting an activity listed in Annexure 1 of the Draft Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations, will be regarded as a data provider and must report greenhouse gas emissions to the National Inventory Unit at the Department of Environmental Affairs.

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A data provider will have to register with the National Atmospheric Emission Inventory System (the “NAEIS”) within 30 days after the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations come into effect. The Draft Regulations provide further details on, amongst others, reporting requirements, record keeping, and verification of information and confidentiality of information.

Members of the public have been invited to submit written representations or objections on the Draft Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations by the 4 August 2015 and the contact details are set out in the Draft Regulations themselves.