More than 100 delegates, representing more than 40 councils likely to be affected by carbon pricing have met in Canberra for the Carbon Price and Council Landfill National Forum to gain a better understanding of how to manage their responsibilities under the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Act.


The Australian Government’s Carbon Price Mechanism (CPM) will commence on 1 July, 2012, with a fixed carbon price for three years, before moving to a floating carbon price from 1 July, 2015.  


All landfills, including council landfills, that produce more than 25,000 tonnes per annum of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions will be liable and will need to factor in the CPM costs associated with the price of disposal from 1 July, 2012.


Information has been provided to assist council staff in understanding issues such as measurement of emissions, assessment of abatement opportunities, pricing waste to account for the CPM and contingent liabilities associated with a future floating carbon price.