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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).
Using the method
The department develops the methods and has policy oversight of the ERF.
The Clean Energy Regulator manages project registration, compliance and crediting emissions reductions for projects under the ERF. To use this method in your project and take part in the ERF, you need to apply to the Clean Energy Regulator.
View eligibility requirements and how to apply on the Clean Energy Regulator website.
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.
Developing the method
The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (ERAC) conducts public consultations. Once finalised the ERAC advises the Minister on whether the method meets the offsets integrity standards.
Public consultation, drafting of the method, and the ERAC’s advice to the Minister is on the department’s Consultation Hub.
- Environmental data—including forest cover data layers—is available on data.gov.au
- The department is responsible for developing methodology determinations
- The Emissions Reduction Fund incentivises Australian businesses to cut the amount of greenhouse gases they create and to undertake activities that store carbon
- This method is enabled by the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 which also enables the 2015 Rule and 2011 Regulations
Last updated: 8 December 2020
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