Greenhouse, Energy and Environmental Consultancy
HRL offers a comprehensive range of cost effective expert services to assist clients with their greenhouse emissions, energy efficiency and environmental regulatory and/or corporate obligations.
The services offered include expert consultancy complemented by a range of on-site services that HRL has developed to assist clients to reduce costs, associated with energy use and greenhouse and other environmental reporting.
HRL greenhouse, energy and environmental consultancy services includes assisting clients to increase the efficiency with which they use electricity and fuels resulting in reduced direct energy use costs and/or indirect costs of greenhouse and other environmental emissions. Financial benefits include reducing input costs, maximising product value, and maximising available funding under state and federal government energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction programs.
HRL carbon accounting services assist clients to maximise their accuracy in measuring, calculating, forecasting, and reporting their greenhouse emissions and energy use. Optimising carbon accounting accuracy minimises business risk associated with any future regulatory, or current corporate, cost of carbon.
HRL has assisted multiple federal and state government departments with development and implementation of greenhouse, environmental and energy efficiency programs and can bring this wealth of experience to all projects delivered.
Clients benefit from HRL's expert services:
- When seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or improve energy efficiency by identifying and implementing options
- When determining or reporting their greenhouse gas emissions and associated uncertainty by identifying practical and economical methods
- When determining pollutant estimates or seeking licencing changes for environmental protection agencies
Greenhouse abatement and renewable energy services
The Australian government currently has major programs including:
- Australian Government's Clean Energy Regulator's (CER) Direct Action Plan which includes the Emissions Reduction Fund
- (ERF) and the ERF Safeguard Mechanism, and
- Renewable Energy Target (RET)
HRL provides a spectrum of ERF expert services to assist clients to develop projects, interact with the CER, and to deliver and report on projects for any of the available ERF Methods. hrl: also provides RET expert services from project development through to reporting and auditing.
HRL can assist companies looking to evaluate and implement projects under the ERF or RET by drawing on its extensive expertise in biofuels, process efficiency, energy management, and in implementing improvement actions. hrl: can assist participating organisations with project funding options.
The Australian Government has committed $2.55 billion towards funding of projects under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The government's three stated principles behind this are:
- Lowest-cost emissions reductions - it's a competitive fund
- Genuine emissions reductions -projects must make a real and additional reduction
- Streamlined administration - the intent is for easy participation
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) services
Under the Australian Government's National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Act organisations are required to calculate and report their greenhouse emissions, energy production, and energy consumption (fuel and electricity use) when set thresholds are exceeded. Data reported by participants under NGER will form the foundation for determining any emissions baseline(s) that facilities will be measured against during Direct Action.
HRL has extensive experience in providing services to assist organisations required to report under the NGER Scheme. HRL currently provides a comprehensive NGER service for multiple large and small corporations allowing them to save costs and to allocate internal resources more effectively.
Emissions uncertainty reporting services
An important aspect of the data reported for NGER is to include uncertainty estimates for Scope 1 emissions above 25kT, which is a mandatory reporting requirement.
HRL offers expert services to assist organisations required to include Scope 1 emissions uncertainty information in their reporting under the NGER Scheme.
Greenhouse and energy audits
HRL has Registered Greenhouse and Energy Auditors (RGEAs) accredited by the CER who are able to deliver formal audits for NGER purposes or develop and deliver general or targeted audits for internal purposes.
HRL are technical experts in all aspects of greenhouse and energy measurement and reporting. Our deep understanding of measurement equipment and systems means we can go beyond the numbers to the underlying sources of risk in your reporting.
Carbon accounting services - fuel sampling and analysis
HRL assists clients in evaluating and improving their systems and procedures to help ensure accurate carbon accounting. Any inaccuracy in measuring or calculating emissions will translate into greater business risk for the reporting organisation risk that can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
Specific areas of expertise include:
- Optimising weigher and meter performance for solid, liquid or gaseous fuels. Weighers and meters are often used in determining the tonnage of fuel consumed as part of calculating and reporting greenhouse gas emissions
- Optimising fuel sampling and analysis for solid, liquid or gaseous fuels. Accurate and free-from-bias carbon measurement is critical in calculating emissions that are based on fuel consumption.
- Determining carbon-in-ash levels for solid fuel combustion. An 'oxidation factor' is used to quantify the fraction of carbon feedstock that is combusted. The default 'oxidation factor' supplied by NGER Determination is 1.0 for solid fuel combustion. Another option in the NGER Determination is to calculate a facility-specific 'oxidation factor'. Accuracy of the 'oxidation factor' is critical, as the factor has a material impact when calculating emissions. hrl: works with clients, helping to ensure accurate reporting and minimise financial risk.
HRL works with clients in evaluating and optimising the many facets of measuring carbon accurately, along with the other important analytical parameters used for emissions reporting including fuel composition, density, moisture, ash levels and calorific value. HRL develops fuel sampling programs and is backed up by HRL analytical capabilities.
National Pollution Inventory
Under the Australian Government's National Pollution Inventory (NPI) organisations are required to calculate and report their emissions of certain pollutants when set thresholds are exceeded. HRL has experience in providing services to assist organisations required to report under the NPI.