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The “Biggest Polluters” Are? – Food For Thought If You Like To Eat, Drink, Or Bathe

18 Jul

Your humble blogger is still working on collating the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) department’s Register and latest Report.

There’s an awful lot of blanks to fill in, if we wish to learn how many lies the Government has told on its “500 biggest polluting companies” webpage.

Meanwhile, here’s the very latest publication by the Government concerning these alleged “500 biggest polluting” companies.

It was published on the very highly trafficked (not) Parliament House Library website on 14 July 2011 (emphasis added) –

Which 500 companies pay the tax?

Under the Government’s proposed Carbon Pricing Mechanism around 500 facilities will become liable…

So which facilities are included in that list of 500? The government has released a Factsheet detailing the types of facilities that will be covered and their distribution by State, but no information on which private and public bodies will actually be responsible for paying the tax.

The page goes on to bore you to tears with information about criterion and so forth.

More interesting are the constant stream of weasel words and disclaimers concerning just how many “biggest polluters” there actually are. And, why there are no substantial details provided about them (emphasis added) –

… the legislation includes caveats to protect the confidentiality of commercially sensitive information…

For these reasons, the NGER data is not an accurate reflection of a company’s greenhouse gas emissions…

Nonetheless, and although imperfect, the NGER data is the only public information that provides any indication as to which companies may be liable under the proposed Carbon Pricing Mechanism. Bearing in mind the limitations of the data as just detailed, below is the latest NGER list, ordered by decreasing scope 1 emissions.

Just so we’re clear then, the information from the NGER is not an accurate reflection” and is “imperfect”, but nonetheless it is the only public information that provides any indication” as to who exactly the alleged “500 biggest polluters” might be.

Moving on then … voila! … a nice, long, impressive looking table is displayed.

Showing NGER Registered corporation names.

And their last self-monitored and self-reported Scope 1, Scope 2, and Combined Scope 1 & 2 emissions totals.


The list is (conveniently) not numbered. So, you simply don’t know how many companies are actually listed there, unless you’re prepared to count.

It sure looks impressive though. Which I guess is the whole point.

Well dear reader, I’ve recreated their list. And numbered it, for your viewing displeasure.

I’ve also taken the liberty of highlighting a few of these evil “biggest polluters”.

Perhaps those readers who

(a) like to eat,
(b) like to drink,
(c) like to bathe,
(d) like renewable energy,
(e) like recycling,
(f) like public transport,
(g) like health services and hospitals,
(h) like the CSIRO, and/or
(i) like attending university,

… will find food for thought in this list of “biggest polluters”.


Just one more thing.

Before you read the list, first take a moment to consider carefully how the government has described the “500 biggest polluters” on its new cleanenergyfuture.gov.au website (emphasis added):

Most are companies operating large facilities (with over 25,000 tonnes annual CO2-e emissions) that directly emit greenhouse gases, such as power stations, mines and heavy industry.

Got that?

The government’s official claim is thatmost of the “biggest polluters” are “direct” emitters, such as “power stations, mines, and heavy industry”.

Enjoy –

Registered Corporations

  1. Macquarie Generation
  2. Delta Electricity
  3. Great Energy Alliance Corporation Pty Ltd
  4. International Power (Australia) Holdings Pty Ltd
  5. C S Energy Limited
  6. TRUenergy Holdings Pty Ltd
  7. Eraring Energy
  8. BlueScope Steel Limited
  9. Loy Yang Holdings Pty Ltd
  10. OzGen Holdings Australia Pty Ltd
  11. Electricity Generation Corporation T/A Verve
  12. Woodside Petroleum Ltd.
  13. Tarong Energy Corporation Limited
  14. Alinta Energy Limited
  15. Rio Tinto Limited
  16. Stanwell Corporation Limited
  17. NRG Victoria 1 Pty Ltd
  18. Alcoa Australian Holdings Pty Ltd1
  19. AZSA Holdings Pty Limited
  20. BHP Billiton Limited
  21. Anglo American Australia Limited
  22. Qantas Airways Limited
  23. Santos Ltd
  24. Queensland Alumina Limited
  25. Adelaide Brighton Ltd
  26. Cement Australia Holdings Pty Ltd
  27. Xstrata Holdings Pty Ltd
  28. OneSteel Limited
  29. Exxonmobil Australia Pty Ltd
  30. Peabody Energy Australia Pty Ltd
  31. HRL Limited
  32. BM Alliance Coal Operations Pty Ltd
  33. Wesfarmers Limited
  34. Boral Limited2
  35. BHP Billiton Aluminium Australia Pty Ltd
  36. Orica Limited
  37. Transfield Worley Power Services Pty Ltd
  38. Alcan Gove Pty Limited
  39. Centennial Coal Company Limited
  40. Origin Energy Limited
  41. Caltex Australia Limited
  42. Virgin Blue Holdings Ltd
  43. Conoco Phillips Australia Gas Holdings Pty Ltd
  44. Burrup Fertilisers Pty Ltd
  45. BP Regional Australasia Holdings Pty Ltd
  46. Shell Australia Limited
  47. AGL Energy Limited1
  48. Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd
  49. Rio Doce Australia Pty Limited
  50. Transfield Services Limited
  51. Power and Water Corporation
  52. Energy Developments Limited
  53. Asciano Limited
  54. Incitec Pivot Limited1
  55. Pechiney Consolidated Australia Pty Limited
  56. BHP Billiton Energy Coal Australia Pty Ltd
  57. Apache Energy Limited
  58. Qenos Holdings Pty Ltd
  59. ERM Kwinana Holding Pty Ltd
  60. Gujarat NRE Coking Coal Limited
  61. Transpacific Industries Group Ltd
  62. Queensland Nitrates Pty Ltd
  63. QR Limited
  64. TransAlta Energy (Australia) Pty Ltd
  65. Leighton Holdings Limited
  66. Newcrest Mining Limited
  67. Iluka Resources Limited
  68. CSR Limited
  69. Envestra Limited
  70. Minara Resources Limited
  71. SPI (Australia) Assets Pty Ltd
  72. Tiwest Pty Ltd
  73. Billiton Manganese Australia Pty Ltd
  74. Amcor Limited
  75. Owens-Illinois (Australia) Pty Ltd
  76. Aurora Energy Pty Ltd
  77. Wilpinjong Coal Pty Ltd
  78. Axia Energy Australia Pty Ltd
  79. Paper Australia Pty Ltd
  80. Prosafe Production Services (Australia) Pty Ltd
  81. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd
  82. Idemitsu Australia Resources Pty Ltd
  83. Toll Holdings Limited
  84. Ecogen Holdings Pty Ltd
  85. Enhance Place Pty. Limited
  86. Waste Recycling and Processing Corporation
  87. Tarong North Pty Ltd
  88. Arrow Energy Ltd
  89. Nyrstar Australia Pty Ltd
  90. Comgen Australia Pty Ltd
  91. Sembsita Australia Pty. Limited
  92. Hydro Aluminium Kurri Kurri Pty Ltd
  93. Newmont Australia Holdings Pty Ltd
  94. Woolworths Ltd
  95. DBNGP (WA) Transmission Pty Limited
  96. Pratt Consolidated Holdings Pty. Ltd.
  97. Honan Holdings Pty Ltd
  98. Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd
  99. New Hope Corporation Limited
  100. Unimin Asia Pacific Pty Ltd
  101. Penrice Soda Holdings Limited
  102. Macarthur Coal Limited
  103. Whitehaven Coal Limited
  104. APT Pipelines Limited
  105. Brickworks Ltd
  106. Multinet Group Holdings Pty Limited
  107. CH2M Hill Australia Pty Ltd
  108. Norske Skog Industries Australia Limited
  109. Yancoal Australia Pty Limited
  110. Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Pty Ltd
  111. Brisbane City Council
  112. QMAG Limited
  113. Big Ben Holdings Pty. Limited
  114. Linfox Pty Ltd
  115. Downer EDI Limited
  116. Tiger Airways Australia Pty Limited
  117. Goldfields Power Pty Ltd
  118. Grange Resources Limited
  119. Jellinbah Group Pty Ltd
  120. Barrick (Australia Pacific Holdings) Pty Ltd
  121. Melbourne Water Corporation
  122. Holcim Participations (Australia) Pty Ltd.
  123. JBS Holdco Australia Pty Ltd
  124. Caledon Coal Pty Limited
  125. Sonoma Mine Management Pty Ltd
  126. New Zealand Milk (Australasia) Pty Ltd
  127. Hanson Australia (Holdings) Proprietary Limited
  128. ICC Holdings Pty Limited
  129. Snowy Hydro Limited
  130. CITIC Pacific Mining Management Pty Ltd
  131. Farstad Shipping (Indian Pacific) Pty Ltd
  132. Devereaux Holdings Pty Ltd
  133. MMG Management Pty Ltd
  134. Felix Resources Limited
  135. Barrick (PD) Australia Limited
  136. Xstrata Coal Queensland Pty Limited
  137. TT-Line Company Pty Ltd
  138. SPI Electricity & Gas Australia Holdings Pty Ltd
  139. International Energy Services Pty Ltd
  140. Koppers Australia Pty Ltd
  141. AngloGold Ashanti Australia Limited
  142. PaperlinX Limited
  143. Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited
  144. D.M. & M.T. Nolan Pty. Ltd
  145. Auscan Holdings Pty Ltd
  146. PTTEP Australia Perth Pty Ltd
  147. Energex Limited
  148. State Transit Authority of NSW
  149. Cairnton Holdings Limited
  150. Sydney Water Corporation
  151. Roc Oil Company Limited
  152. Peabody (Burton Coal) Pty Ltd
  153. Baiada Pty Limited
  154. BHP Billiton Nickel Operations Pty Ltd
  155. Prime Infrastructure Holdings Limited
  156. A.A. Scott Pty Ltd
  157. Envirogen Pty Ltd
  158. Millennium Inorganic Chemicals Limited
  159. Water Corporation
  160. A.C.N. 098 904 262 Pty Ltd
  161. Jet Systems Pty Ltd
  162. Kimberly Clark Pacific Holdings Pty Ltd
  163. Teekay Holdings Australia Pty Ltd
  164. Mount Gibson Iron Limited
  165. A J Bush & Sons Pty Ltd
  166. Lion Nathan National Foods Pty Ltd
  167. Isaac Plains Coal Management Pty Ltd
  168. Mitchell Corp Australia Pty Ltd
  169. Food Investments P/L
  170. Ergon Energy Corporation Limited
  171. Gold Fields Australia Pty Ltd
  172. OZ Minerals Limited
  173. The Maddingley Mine Trust
  174. BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd
  175. Donaldson Coal Pty Limited
  176. Building Supplies Group Holding Pty Ltd
  177. Coalpac Pty Ltd
  178. Silk Logistics Group Holdings Pty Limited
  179. HCPH Holdings Pty Limited
  180. Australian Postal Corporation
  181. Rail Corporation New South Wales
  182. Byrns Smith Unit Trust
  183. Aditya Birla Minerals Ltd
  184. Fletcher Building (Australia) Pty Ltd
  185. A.C.N. 137 191 023 Pty Ltd
  186. St Barbara Limited
  187. V/Line Corporation
  188. Simplot Australia (Holdings) Pty Limited
  189. Foster’s Group Limited
  190. Fulton Hogan Australia Pty/Ltd
  191. Goodman Fielder Limited
  192. Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited
  193. CEVA Pty Ltd
  194. Valemus Australia Pty Ltd
  195. Cargill Australia Limited
  196. Country Energy
  197. ACTEW Corporation Ltd1
  198. Telstra Corporation Limited
  199. South Australian Water Corporation
  200. Veolia Transport Australasia Pty Ltd
  201. Nippon Meat Packers Australia Pty Ltd
  202. Coca-Cola Amatil Limited
  203. Graincorp Limited
  204. SCA Tissue Australia Pty Limited
  205. Cristal Australia Pty Ltd
  206. Thales Australia Holdings Pty Ltd
  207. Heinz Watties Pty Ltd
  208. Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd.
  209. Kagara Ltd
  210. Bega Cheese Limited
  211. Nestle Australia Ltd
  212. ALDI Stores (A Limited Partnership)
  213. Cadbury Australia Limited
  214. Oceanic Coal Australia Limited
  215. Hunter Water Corporation
  216. Boeing Australia Holdings Proprietary Limited
  217. McCain Foods (Aust) Pty Ltd
  218. Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited
  219. Norton Gold Fields Limited
  220. The Trustee for Costa’s Unit Trust
  221. Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited
  222. General Motors Australia Ltd
  223. Coogee Chemicals Pty Ltd
  224. Mars Australia Pty Ltd
  225. Crown Limited
  226. Silicon Metal Company of Australia Pty Ltd
  227. Bradken Limited
  228. EnergyAustralia
  229. Northgate Australian Ventures Corp Pty Ltd
  230. SP Australia Networks (Transmission) Ltd
  231. Arnotts Biscuits Holdings Pty Ltd
  232. BOC Limited
  233. Harvey Norman Holdings Limited
  234. Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  235. Metropolitan Health Service
  236. Lend Lease Corporation Limited
  237. James Hardie Austgroup Pty Ltd
  238. Parmalat Australia Ltd
  239. MML Holdings Pty Ltd
  240. Electricity Networks Corporation1
  241. PMP Limited
  242. Integral Energy Australia
  243. CHEDHA Holdings Pty Limited
  244. Stockland Corporation Ltd
  245. LGL Australian Holdings Pty Ltd
  246. Doral Mineral Industries Limited
  247. Monash University
  248. AAPC Limited
  249. GPT Management Holdings Ltd
  250. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
  251. IPMG Pty Limited
  252. Crane Group Limited
  253. TransGrid
  254. Resolute Mining Limited
  255. Ramsay Health Care Limited
  256. The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Q)
  257. John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd
  258. Holiday Inns Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd
  259. Competitive Foods Australia Pty Ltd
  260. University of Melbourne
  261. Sun Metals Holdings Limited
  262. ETSA Utilities
  263. Mirvac Limited
  264. Healthscope Limited
  265. Tabcorp Holdings Limited
  266. National Australia Bank Limited
  267. Westfield Holdings Limited
  268. Perilya Limited
  269. Public Transport Authority of Western Australia
  270. St Vincent’s Health Australia Ltd
  271. Salvage Pty Ltd
  272. Queensland Electricity Transmission Corporation Limited
  273. LyondellBasell Australia (Holdings) Pty Ltd
  274. Dexus Holdings Pty Limited
  275. Westpac Banking Corporation
  276. AMP Limited
  277. Fairfax Media Limited
  278. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd
  279. United Energy Distribution Holdings Pty Limited
  280. News Australia Holdings Pty Limited
  281. Macquarie Group Limited
  282. ISPT Pty Ltd
  283. David Jones Limited
  284. Southern Cross Airports Corporation Holdings Ltd
  285. Air Liquide Australia Limited
  286. Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd
  287. The University of Queensland
  288. Centro Properties Limited
  289. McDonald’s Australia Ltd
  290. Myer Holdings Limited
  291. SunWater
  292. QIC Limited
  293. Frequency Infrastructure Australia Holdings Pty Ltd
  294. ElectraNet Pty Ltd
  295. IBM A/NZ Holdings Pty Limited
  296. Port Waratah Coal Services Limited
  297. Amalgamated Holdings Limited
  298. Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd
  299. Global Switch Australia Pty Limited

Oh … you noticed.

Yes, that is only 299 “biggest polluters”.

With an enormous leap of faith, one might assume that the Government will find the other 201 “biggest polluters” from amongst the remaining 476 (of a grand total 775) corporations listed in the complete NGER Register.

Of course, to do so would mean that they would be including even more evil “polluting” corporations like some of those highlighted above.

Like …

The universities.

All of them.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The Royal Children’s Hospital.

The Alfred teaching hospital.

The Melbourne Cricket Club.

Really, really evil “biggest polluters” like that.

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