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Estimating sequestration of carbon in soil using default values method

This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting carbon stored in soil resulting from altered management practice as part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). Reductions achieved by sequestering soil carbon under pasture, crops or mixed farming systems can receive carbon credits under the ERF.

These model-based soil carbon projects involve specific project management activities on eligible land and use default abatement values.

Read the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative-Estimating Sequestration of Carbon in Soil Using Default Values) Methodology Determination 2015.

Using the method

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

View eligibility requirements and how to apply on the Clean Energy Regulator website

Guidance documents

The method has two guidance documents:

Sequestration maps

Before registering projects you need to identify the areas eligible for abatement you’re using and divide them into a combination of carbon estimation areas and exclusion areas.

Sequestration maps model the amount of new carbon stored in the project area from each project management activity over the project reporting period. Each soil carbon project must have one or more project management activity.

View the sequestration area maps and their values:

If you wish to view the map layers in your own mapping software, the datasets are available from

Consultation on the method

The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee conducts method reviews.

See public consultation, method drafts, and the Committee’s advice to the Minister on our Consultation hub.

Read about method development

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Last updated: 24 September 2021

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