Councils still need to calculate impact of Carbon Tax
5 July, 2012
By Lilia Guan
While Federal Government legislation doesn’t require local government to pay the Carbon Tax, councils will still need to calculate the amount of greenhouse emissions they generate for environmental and budgetary purposes.
Technology vendor, Oracle’s JD Edwards APAC product management and strategy senior manager, Scott Ash told Government News there were “lots of mobile or stationary areas that needed to be reported on to meet international standards of greenhouse gas emissions".
“Local governments [ignoring the Carbon Tax] do so at their own peril,” he said.
“[Councils] should be taking steps to take care of rising electricity charges, fuel costs and landfill costs because it will mean that they will have to put council rates up to offset the rise of these costs.”
According to Mr Ash Oracle’s Environmental Accounting and Reporting (EAandR) extend the capabilities of its E-Business Suite Financials and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne family of applications to allow existing customers to enter data on a product and measure its environmental performance.
“Monitoring key metrics such as energy, waste, and water usage leads to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as well as operational efficiency improvements and cost savings,” he said.
“When armed with factual data, organisations can benchmark and affect behavioural change to materially reduce environmental impacts.
Mr Ash said currently it had a number of Victorian state agencies – who are existing customers – looking to upgrade to the EAandR product.
“You have to be an existing Oracle E-Business Suite Financials or JD Edwards customer to utilise the product and upgrade seamlessly.”