This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emissions reductions to landholders who plant trees as permanent plantings or as rotational harvests on land previously clear of forest cover and used for agricultural purposes. As part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), crediting is based on carbon sequestered in the plantations.
The department is responsible for developing the methods and has policy oversight of the ERF.
The Clean Energy Regulator manages project registration, compliance, and crediting emissions reductions for projects under the ERF. To use this method in your project and take part in the ERF, you need to apply to the Clean Energy Regulator.
The eligibility requirements include meeting conditions designed to help manage the effects of commercial tree plantings on water availability in locations where average annual rainfall exceeds 600 millimetres.
Projects can meet the conditions if they either:
have a suitable water access entitlement
are in a region where the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment determines the relevant state or territory government is adequately implementing National Water Initiative commitments to manage water interception by plantations
are in a region specified as one in which tree planting is unlikely to have a material adverse impact on water availability. The areas assessed and included in these initial maps are in the five pilot Regional Forestry Hubs created under the Australian Government’s National Forest Industries Plan.
are in a region where a water access entitlement cannot be obtained, and they can be demonstrated (supported by advice from a state or territory agency) to not have a material impact on water availability or water access entitlements, or
can be shown to help manage dryland salinity
Calculating the abatement
There is a Technical Reference Guide to assist project proponents using this method.