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Coal mine waste gas method

This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emissions reductions from projects that destroy the methane component of coal mine waste gas as part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). Emissions reductions achieved by using flares, electricity production devices or flameless oxidation devices to convert methane to carbon dioxide can receive credits under the ERF. If a project produces electricity from the conversion and displaces a more carbon-intensive source of electricity (such as from the grid) it can also receive credits.

Read the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Coal Mine Waste Gas) 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.

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Variations to the method

The method was varied in 2021 to:

  • extend the crediting period by 5 years
  • enable electricity generation projects previously eligible under Renewable Energy Target scheme to transition to the ERF.

A minor variation in 2019 refined the definition of ‘existing regulatory obligation’.

The method was varied in 2016 to expand crediting to flameless oxidation devices that treat methane.

Public consultation, method drafts, and the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee’s (ERAC) advice to the Minister is on the department’s Consultation Hub .

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Last updated: 28 September 2021

Content ID: 67397