Methods for the Emissions Reduction Fund
Under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) the rules for eligible activities are set out in methodology determinations (methods).
The methods ensure the emission reductions are real and in addition to business as usual operations.
To register your project and be credited for emissions reductions by the Clean Energy Regulator your project must follow one of the finalised methods.
These are the current methods available.
- Animal effluent management method
- Beef cattle herd management method
- Estimating sequestration of carbon in soil using default values method
- Fertiliser use efficiency in irrigated cotton method
- Measurement of soil carbon sequestration in agricultural systems method
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in beef cattle through feeding nitrate containing supplements method
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in milking cows through feeding dietary additives method
- Aggregated small energy users method
- Commercial and public lighting method
- Commercial building energy efficiency method
- High efficiency commercial appliances method
- Industrial electricity and fuel efficiency method
- Industrial equipment upgrades method
- Refrigeration and ventilation fans method
Mining, oil and gas
- Avoided clearing of native regrowth method
- Avoided deforestation 1.1 method
- Designated Verified Carbon Standard projects method
- Human-induced regeneration of a permanent even-aged native forest 1.1 method
- Measurement based methods for new farm forestry plantations method
- Native forest from managed regrowth method
- Plantation forestry method
- Reforestation and afforestation 2.0 method
- Reforestation by Environmental or Mallee Plantings - FullCAM method
- Savanna fire management - emissions avoidance method
- Savanna fire management - sequestration and emissions avoidance method
Waste and wastewater
- Alternative waste treatment method
- Landfill gas method
- Source separated organic waste method
- Domestic, commercial and industrial wastewater method
Prioritising and developing methods
The Minister determines which activities are prioritised in the ERF based on:
- the potential uptake of the method and the likely volume of reduced emissions
- whether the volume of emissions reduced can be estimated at an acceptable cost and to a reasonable degree of certainty
- whether it could have an adverse impact on society, the environment or the economy
- whether it could be better supported by other government measures
- alignment with broader government priorities
Once prioritised, the Clean Energy Regulator develops methods in collaboration with industry and scientific experts.
Consultation on methods
All methods are released in draft for public consultation to assist the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee assess whether the method meets the offsets integrity standards in the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011. You can provide feedback on whether projects are likely to cause any adverse social, environmental or economic impacts.
The Clean Energy Regulator is now responsible for the consultation process. See previous consultations and reviews on our department’s Consultation Hub.
Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee
The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee advises the Minister whether draft methods can become a determination. They take into account submissions from the community in reviewing whether the draft meets the offsets integrity standards. The Minister cannot make a determination if the Committee advises it does not meet the offsets integrity standards.
Read about the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee.
- The ERF is enabled by the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 which also enables the 2015 Rule and 2011 Regulations.
- Read about our department's role in the ERF
Connect with us
Email emissions-reduction [at] industry.gov.au
Last updated: 12 November 2020
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