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Estimation of soil organic carbon sequestration using measurement and models method

This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emissions reductions under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) by increasing the carbon stored in agricultural soil. Reductions achieved by sequestering soil carbon under pasture, crops, horticultural or mixed farming systems can receive credits under the ERF.

This method provides both a measurement-only approach and a hybrid approach that combines soil carbon model estimates with soil sampling to calculate soil carbon changes.

Read the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative – Estimation of Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration using Measurement and Models) Methodology Determination 2021.

This method replaces the 2018 measurement of soil carbon sequestration in agricultural systems method.

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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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 2021 [623KB PDF] [1.5MB DOCX].

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

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Last updated: 3 December 2021

Content ID: 70741