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 Emissions Reduction Fund methods available.
The method development process involves:
The Minister decides which activities to prioritise for new method development based on these criteria:
Each year, you can nominate ideas for the next round of ERF method priorities. In your submission you should provide information against each of the criteria above.
Our department assesses nominations in consultation with:
The ERF method nomination process aligns with the annual Low Emissions Technology Statement development.
The Minister announces ERF method priorities in the last quarter of the calendar year.
Once prioritised, the Clean Energy Regulator develops methods in collaboration with industry, potential end-users, scientists and technical experts and the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee.
The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee releases all methods in draft for public consultation to:
Our department publishes the consultations on our Consultation hub. See current and previous consultations on methods.
The Minister approves methods. The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee advises the Minister about whether a draft method meets the Offsets Integrity Standards. The Minister cannot approve a method if the Committee advises it does not meet the Offsets Integrity Standards.
The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee is responsible for reviewing ERF methods. This review process includes public consultation on:
The Regulator supports the Committee during this process.
Email emissions-reduction [at] industry.gov.au
Last updated: 7 October 2021
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