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Domestic, commercial and industrial wastewater method

This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emissions reductions achieved by capturing biogas generated from wastewater treatment under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The method credits the capture and combustion of the biogas to avoid emitting large amounts of methane into the atmosphere. It also credits the conversion of captured biogas into biomethane for use as a natural gas substitute within Australia.

Read the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative – Domestic, Commercial and Industrial Wastewater) Methodology Determination 2016.

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 of emissions reductions for projects under the ERF.

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Consultation on the method

The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (ERAC) conducts public consultation 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 [1.06MB PDF].

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

Read the ERAC’s advice to the Minister on varying the method in 2021 [654KB PDF].

See the public consultation and variation draft on our Consultation hub.

A minor variation to the method was made in 2015. ERAC advice is not required for minor variations.

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Last updated: 21 January 2022

Content ID: 67395