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Free Carbon Footprint Assessment to Ease Your Carbon Tax Reporting in 2021

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The South African Government is playing its role in the international effort to reduce global warming through the implementation of the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reporting Regulations on the 3rd April 2017 through the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE). Subsequently, the South African Government has published the Carbon Tax to bring effect to the country’s commitments towards reducing GHG emissions at a national level through the National Treasury. The tax became effective on June 1, 2019 and companies submitted their carbon tax returns for the six months to December 31 in October last year after some reprieve was given due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The second tax return period extends from January 1 until December 31, 2020, and returns are due from the end of July. To help ease your carbon tax worries we have designed a tool to assist businesses with your carbon tax submissions to SARS.

The Green Building Design Group carbon intelligence team has designed a free Carbon Tax Assessment tool for businesses to do a basic calculation of your carbon footprint based on energy consumption and your GHG data. It also enables you to determine if you qualify for 12L energy efficiency or 12B renewable energy tax incentives as part of the Income Tax series. The Carbon Tax Assessment Tool reports on Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. It analyses the carbon footprint against the currently indicated regulatory framework with respect to the following GHG economic activities. 

These activities generally include:

  1. Stationary fuel combustion installations (≥ 10 MW).
  2. Fugitive emissions associated with coal mining and oil and gas operations.
  3. Waste disposal and treatment, including wastewater.
  4. Industrial process emissions.
  5. Mineral production and processing activities.
  6. Chemical production activities.
  7. Pulp and paper production activities.
  8. Glass production activities.
  9. Metallurgical industrial activities.

An emitter is liable for a fine up to R10 million or imprisonment up to ten years if they do not comply with the mandatory GHG reporting regulations.

Green Building Design Group Communications Team

June 2021

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