This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emissions reductions to landholders who regenerate native forest where native forest has been suppressed for at least 10 years. As part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), crediting is based on carbon captured by changing land management practices to help native forests to regrow on land where human activity has previously prevented regrowth.
An amendment to the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Rule 2015 in 2018 clarified timeframes for attaining forest cover to receive further credits.
To use this method in your project 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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Project proponents should read the Guidelines on stratification, evidence and records which support eligibility requirements for regeneration projects in the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Rule 2015 and key method eligibility requirements.
Project proponents must use the Full Carbon Accounting Model (FullCAM) software to calculate the carbon abatement of their projects.
There is specific guidance for using FullCAM with this method.
Read the FullCAM Guidelines for the Human-Induced Regeneration method [5.9MB PDF] [1.9MB DOCX]. (includes both options of 2020 FullCAM Public Release)
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.
The original method was endorsed by the Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee (DOIC).
The DOIC operated from 2010 until 2014 when it was replaced by the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (ERAC). ERAC conducts public consultations before giving advice about making or varying a method. Once finalised ERAC advises the Minister on whether the new or varied method meets the offsets integrity standards.
A minor variation to the method was made in 2015. ERAC advice is not required for minor variations.
A minor variation was also made in 2016 to introduce a number of changes, most importantly that for all future projects FullCAM should be used rather than the Reforestation Modelling Tool (RMT). Project proponents who registered under the previous version of the method can continue using the RMT.[RK3]
A minor variation to the method was made in 2018 and to 6 other methods to reflect the retirement of the online Carbon Farming Initiative Mapping Tool (CFI Mapping Tool).
Last updated: 15 December 2021
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