[LINK] Race is on for carbon offset work
brd at iimetro.com.au
Tue Jan 20 14:41:30 AEDT 2009
The story so far...
The Federal Government decided to review its procurement, so it did the
While the review was happening, all major/new IT projects were on hold
until the Feds puts some of the Gershon recommendations in place.
Because of the hold, for the first half of Fin Year 2008/09 the rate of
IT spend in Canberra has been well down on plan.
In the next month or so the hold will come off and departments will be
panicking to spend at about twice the rate so far this Fin Year just to
spend their budgets and meet their project deadlines.
Because there are limited IT resources in Canberra (and fewer now
because of the hold) the spend rate will be restricted.
This means the government will find it difficult to meet its objectives.
It will have to rush projects, which will cost more because resources
will be scarce and/or have to be flown in.
In short ... SNAFU.
Now read on and have a laugh.
Race is on for carbon offset work
January 20, 2009
The Australian IT
AT least 20 new IT projects potentially worth millions of dollars are on
the table as the Department of Climate Change prepares for online
trading of emissions permits and establishes an environmental watchdog
agency with responsibility for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.
Tenders for the CPRS auction platform and architecture, systems
integration, financial management, identity/access, business
intelligence systems, web portal design and hosting services will be
announced as soon as this month.
"Our overall procurement strategy is still being developed, but the
design and build will be co-ordinated within the department, using a
range of suppliers," department spokeswoman Vicki Kapernick said. "The
projects just listed on our procurement plan are an indication of the
work likely to be undertaken in preparation for the establishment of the
CPRS and the regulator."
The new agency, the Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority, will
assess organisations' liability under the National Greenhouse and Energy
Reporting Act, enforce compliance and manage the auction or allocation
of permits, including collection of revenue.
The Kyoto-compliant national emissions registry completed just before
Christmas represented the first phase of the CPRS system, Ms Kapernick said.
US-based environmental consultant Perrin Quarles Associates, along with
local companies Strategic Data Management and AussieHQ, won a $600,000
contract to supply the registry, which is linked to the UN International
Countries signing up to the Kyoto Protocol are assigned a number of
carbon emission units, and must set up a registry to track and record
Minister for Climate Change Penny Wong said having the trading registry
operating "was an important milestone".
"We need these units to meet the target of limiting our average annual
emissions over the period 2008-12 to 108 per cent of 1990 levels,"
Senator Wong said.
The registry will now be further developed to support the introduction
of the CPRS by July 1 next year.
Ms Kapernick said a healthy response to the first tender indicated a
number of companies were likely to bid for this work.
Some $37 million over four years was allocated for the creation of an
emissions trading scheme in the last budget, but Ms Kapernick said the
new projects related to the regulator's office, announced last month.
"Obviously, a lot of detail is yet to be worked out."
The department has to provide an IT infrastructure before the
authority's establishment through passage of the scheme's enabling
Final costs for the scheme will be published in the 2009-10 federal budget.
Meanwhile, decisions on contracts for a call centre and future support
of the department's main business interface, the Online System for
Comprehensive Activity Reporting, are expected early this year.
Data from OSCAR and, eventually, the CPRS, will be fed into the National
Greenhouse Energy Reporting System, which is being expanded to handle
increased mandatory reporting.
Businesses can hope for a reduction in red tape, with the department
developing standard approaches to energy data sets.
A spokeswoman for Senator Wong said industry reporting requirements were
being considered by federal, state and territory governments, with some
"positive outcomes" expected by mid-year.
"Streamlining federal programs has already commenced," she said.
"Legislation under the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program has been
aligned with the new NGERS. From July 1, corporations will only have to
submit data once through a single IT reporting system to cover both
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