The Standards set rules for measuring, reducing, offsetting and reporting emissions required to make carbon neutral claims for building and precinct operations.
The Department worked with the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), carbon accounting experts and property sector businesses to develop the new Standards.
The Standards will be unique on an international scale as they represent an aligned view between government and industry on the rules and implementation mechanisms for carbon neutrality in the property sector.
Certification against the Standards will be provided through the Australian Government’s Carbon Neutral Program, and for buildings also through the NABERS Energy and Green Star – Performance rating schemes.
The Department invites comments on the new Standards from 30 November 2016 to 10 February 2017.