SOUTH AFRICAN CARBON TAX

Turn carbon tax risks into innovation opportunities

The carbon tax was implemented on 1 June 2019. The deadline for paying the carbon tax for the 1 June – 31 December 2019 period is 31 October 2020.

Do you understand how the carbon tax regulations may affect your business? Do you know whether your company has to report your GHG emissions to government or not? Are you aware that carbon offsets from South African climate projects can reduce your tax payable?

Instead of viewing the carbon tax rules in South Africa as a cost-increasing risk, you may want to treat them as opportunities! We can help you identify the various carbon tax-related benefits. Our strategies will, furthermore, drive innovation and help you find creative ways to make your business more resource efficient.

Carbon Market Business Brief – South Africa

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Teegan Govindasamy | Carbon Advisor

Teegan works with companies to help them understand and furthermore minimise their carbon tax liability in South Africa.

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MANDATORY GREENHOUSE GAS REPORTING


The South African Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations came into effect in April 2017 with annual submission deadlines by 31 March. The greenhouse gas emissions reported by companies are used as a basis for these businesses’ respective carbon tax calculations.

Companies that exceed a certain activity level threshold, are required to submit emission data in a prescribed format. The calculations of the emissions must be done in line with Technical Guidelines published with the Regulations. Companies should note that the calculation methodologies in the technical guideline differ from the conventional corporate calculation methodologies as GHG Protocol Corporate Standard and ISO14064.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS FOR BUSINESSES:


  1. Companies are required to report if they are above the prescribed threshold per emissions source. For example, for energy generation, this is typically 10MW total installed thermal capacity. So if your company has 5 X 2MW coal boilers or 10 X 1MW back up diesel generators, you are above the threshold and have to report.
  2. Only those companies that have to report their emissions to government have to pay carbon tax in 2020 for the 1 June – 31 December 2019 period;
  3. Companies must report their GHG emissions for carbon dioxide (CO2 ), methane (CH4 ), nitrous oxide (N2O), sulphur hexafluoride (SF6 ), perfluorocarbons and hydroflurocarbons.
  4. Companies must report on all combustion, process and fugitive emissions. Emissions from mobile combustion (emissions from vehicle fleet) as well as emissions from purchased electricity and refrigerants is excluded.

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South African companies that exceed certain thresholds are required to report their greenhouse gas emissions before 31 October 2020. We can assist you with your firm’s entire greenhouse gas reporting process.

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CARBON TAXSCAN


Our Carbon TaxScan helps you measure and understand how much carbon tax your business might have to pay. This is based on your most recent carbon footprint report, as well as relevant company emissions data and the most recent carbon tax regulations.

Please note that even if your company is already measuring its carbon footprint, this might not necessarily give you an indication of what your carbon tax exposure would be. This is because the calculation methodology for carbon tax liability differ from the conventional corporate methodologies as per GHG Protocol Corporate Standard and ISO 14064.

OUR CARBON TAXSCAN CONSISTS OF:


1. Determining which activities and/or processes that emit greenhouse gases within your operations will be carbon taxed;

2. Calculating your company’s estimated carbon tax liability, based on historic emissions. This process takes into account any applicable fixed tax-free allowances you would qualify for.


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Our Carbon TaxScan is the first step towards determining your company’s possible future exposure to South Africa’s carbon tax law.

CARBON TAXCOACH


After receiving the results of your Carbon TaxScan, we will help you apply these insights to reduce your future carbon tax exposure.

Should your business be carbon tax liable, then the next step is to identify ways to mitigate your carbon tax payments through variable tax free-allowances provided by the carbon tax regulations. This includes the use of carbon offsets.

This can be done with our Carbon TaxCoach, where we work together on a strategy for reducing your carbon tax exposure.

OUR CARBON TAXCOACH CONSISTS OF:


1. Calculating to what extent your company can reduce its estimated carbon tax liability. It does so by taking into account any applicable tax-free allowances your company would qualify for;

2. Developing a carbon offsetting strategy that addresses crucial questions, such as how and when to purchase which carbon tax offsets.


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Our Carbon TaxCoach helps your company lower its carbon tax liability through a robust carbon tax offsetting strategy.

CARBON TAX OFFSETS


You can reduce your business’ carbon tax liability even further by investing in carbon tax offsets from our eligible South African offset projects.

Companies that are liable for carbon tax payments are awarded relief when purchasing carbon tax offsets. By doing so, a company can reduce their carbon taxes by up to 5% or 10%.

Last but not least, our various carbon offsetting projects provide you with the opportunity to invest in affordable, clean and safe energy solutions in vulnerable communities. This helps you reach your corporate social responsibility goals.

ELIGIBILITY UNDER THE SA CARBON TAX


All of our carbon tax offsets are eligible for use under South Africa’s future carbon tax, as they are generated under the international carbon standards. These are the Gold Standard, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). All three standards are approved by the South African government.


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Investing in carbon tax offsets can be cheaper than paying carbon tax. Make sure that your company does not miss out on this additional tax relief measure.