Important Dates in 2020 for Air Quality Compliance

2020 is going to be remembered as one of the most important years in the history of South African Air Quality! Carbon Tax was drafted in November 2015, but the first payments are only due this year. Do you feel informed about Carbon Tax? Are you aware of all of your obligations? Have you diarised the date when payment is due? Have you calculated the amount that your company will have to pay for the 2019 Carbon Tax period (01st June 2019 – 31st December 2019)? Don’t worry! We are here to help and would love you to contact us!

The much-anticipated tightening of the emissions limits for Listed Activities is also taking place this year, 10 years after the legislation was passed on the 31st March 2010! And we are entering our fourth year of NAEIS reporting. There is a lot to remember in the rapidly changing landscape that is Air Quality in our country. That is why we compiled this handy list of deadlines so that you do not miss any of your company’s legislated obligations. 

Please grab your diary and jot down these important dates and deadlines:

1st January 2020 Beginning of 2020 Carbon Tax period
31st March 2020 NAEIS Reporting deadline
31st March 2020 GHG reporting deadline (on the new system: SAGERS)
1st April 2020 Stricter “new plant” emissions limits apply to all Listed Activities
31st July 2020 Carbon Tax payment deadline for the 2019 period (1st June 2019 – 31st December 2019)
31st December 2020 End of 2020 carbon tax period (1st January 2020 – 31st December 2020)

Just this morning we were discussing the problems that are encountered in situations where holding companies own several operational companies. Which entity is liable for carbon tax and GHG reporting? The holding company or the operational company? What happens when the holding company’s collective holdings trigger the thresholds for Carbon Tax or Greenhouse Gas reporting, but its individual entities do not? These situations become even more complex when companies outsource their energy provision and buy steam or utilities “over-the-fence”.

Don’t forget that you can do your stack emissions sampling on your boilers or process stacks at any time during the year! You do not have to do it in the same month as you did it last year. It is therefore always prudent to conduct stack sampling earlier in the year when service providers have ample capacity.

We are here to help you navigate these unchartered waters. For Carbon Tax Consulting, NAEIS submissions, Atmospheric Emissions License (AEL) applications, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting, and of course, stack emissions sampling and advice regarding pollution abatement technologies, please contact us. We have also compiled a very useful list of suppliers that provide abatement solutions such as bag filters, wet scrubbers, dosing absorbing equipment, multi-cyclones and electrostatic precipitators (ESPs). Please contact us if you would like this list. We are not affiliated with any of these suppliers as we value our autonomy, but we keep such a list for everyone for whom it will be of benefit.

Feel free to contact Rumbi for consulting services or Bertus for stack sampling services. We are a team of Chemical and Mechanical Engineers that are passionate about our work and about moving your company towards compliance in 2020.