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Avoided deforestation 1.1 method

This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emissions reductions to landholders who protect native forests rather than permanently converting them to cropland or grassland.

Project proponents must protect the native forests despite having government permission to clear and convert them. As part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), crediting is based on emissions avoided by not clearing the forest and managing it in a way that maintains or increases the carbon stored in trees (carbon stock).

Read the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative – Avoided deforestation 1.1) Methodology Determination 2015.

Using the method

To use this method and take part in the ERF, you need to apply to the Clean Energy Regulator. The Regulator develops the methods and manages project registration, compliance and crediting emissions reductions for projects under the ERF.

Visit the Regulator’s website for:

Calculating the abatement

Project proponents must collect and analyse measurements of tree biomass from different parts of the forest to calculate the carbon abatement of their projects.

Project proponents need to meet the requirements of the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) Mapping Guidelines for mapping project areas and carbon estimation areas.

Read the CFI Mapping Guidelines.

Consultation on the method

The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (ERAC) conducts public consultations before giving advice about making or varying a method. Once finalised the ERAC advises the Minister on whether the new or varied method meets the offsets integrity standards.

Read the ERAC’s advice to the Minister on making the method in 2015 [1.05MB PDF].

See the public consultation and method draft on the Australian Government Trove archive.

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Last updated: 15 December 2021

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