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Transport firms miss initial carbon tax list

No pure freight transport firms appear in the Liable Entities Public Information Database (LEPID) that the Clean Energy Regulator’s published on Friday.

However, that list of 248 companies “likely to be liable under the carbon pricing mechanism” was only the first phase of the database.

May 7, 2012

No pure freight transport firms appear in the Liable Entities Public Information Database (LEPID) that the Clean Energy Regulator’s published on Friday.

However, that list of 248 companies “likely to be liable under the carbon pricing mechanism” was only the first phase of the database that might extend to 300-400 firms.

“We’ve written to around 330 entities advising we believe they are likely to be liable entities for the 2012-13 financial year,” Clean Energy Regulator Chair Chloe Munro says.

“These entities account for over 95 percent of emissions covered by the carbon pricing mechanism.

“Following that consultation we have today published 248 entities that we are satisfied are likely to be liable entities.

“These entities account for around 70 percent of emissions covered by the carbon pricing mechanism.”

“This phase of the LEPID is our first step in providing timely information to participants in the new carbon pricing mechanism.

“Our primary focus is on providing education and training to help them understand and meet their statutory obligations.”

In the absence of official information, much speculation and some disinformation has surrounded which trucking companies or those with road transport interests will be liable, much of it based on the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Publication.

The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency has sought to downplay the link between information in the NGER Publication and firms likely to face carbon tax impacts.

As of February, the NGER Publication which, relates to companies that emit 50 kilotonnes CO2– equivalent or more, down from the previous 125 kilotonnes of CO2-equivalent.

Nolan’s Interstate Transport has been the subject of a deceptive email that purports to state its liability and which the company has repeatedly rejected.

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