This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emissions reductions to forest growers and landholders who establish new plantations or change existing plantations from short-rotation to long-rotation. As part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), crediting is based on carbon sequestered in the plantations and the harvested wood products.
The department is responsible for developing the methods and policy oversight of the ERF.
The Clean Energy Regulator manages project registration and 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.
View eligibility requirements and how to apply on the Clean Energy Regulator website.
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:
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:
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 Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (ERAC) conducts public consultations. Once finalised the ERAC advises the Minister on whether the method meets the offsets integrity standards.
Public consultation, drafting of the method, and the ERAC’s advice to the Minister is on the department’s Consultation Hub.
Last updated: 26 October 2021
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