Carbon tax: Silver lining to taxing times

POSTED May 30, 2012

Channel businesses should be planning on how to deal with forthcoming Carbon Tax now, according to experts.

With the July 1 starting date looming, what was once a confused picture is starting to become a lot clearer as industry leaders figure out how to best deal with the tax and where business opportunities lie.

The government’s bottom line is this: The tariff to be imposed on Australia’s largest polluters will start at $23 per carbon ton – up by 2.5 per cent in real value for the consecutive two financial years. The treasury expects that price to increase to $29 in 2015/16 as the rate transitions towards a market set pricing.

Channel Dynamics director, Cam Wayland, said the channel had to understand where and how the Carbon Tax will be applied and what its impact means to its clients.

As an example, Wayland said businesses should be aware of where they buy their energy from as Victoria sources its energy from brown coal while NSW sources it from black coal.

“Therefore, shop around for energy, understand the deregulated energy market and understand the clients to help them improve their energy efficiency,” he said.

Wayland recommended channel businesses should use the opportunity to develop consulting practices around energy efficiency.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

He suggested they did an audit or inventory check to be in line with energy efficiency methods.

“For example, the server manufacturers are talking about replacing their equipment and virtualising. They say that the energy efficiency from newer IT equipment versus persevering with old IT equipment can be very significant,” he said.

Wayland said this was something more SMBs should take on board as larger enterprise clients had implemented a lot of these resources. He said that with the uncertainty surrounding carbon tax initiatives after 2015, the channel should plan its IT equipment lifecycle within the technology refresh cycle instead of “ringing out the life of the existing IT equipments”.

Within the current technology cycle, he claimed that there were plenty of opportunities to do so particularly in areas such as the latest generation of servers and virtual desktops.



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Hafizah Osman (arnet.com.au, 28 May 2012)