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Plantation forestry method (2017)

This method closed to new applicants on 28 February 2022. It has been replaced by the Plantation forestry method (2022)


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.

Read the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Plantation Forestry) Methodology Determination 2017.

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 and compliance, and crediting emissions reductions for projects under the ERF.

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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:

  • 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.
  • 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

To demonstrate the planting mitigates dryland salinity, view our Salinity Guidelines [384 KB PDF] [90.6KB DOCX].

Calculating the abatement

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 Plantation Forestry method [3.4MB PDF] [1.9MB DOCX].

Download FullCAM.

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.

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 2017 [379KB PDF].

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

A minor variation to the method was made in 2020. ERAC advice is not required for minor variations.

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Email ERFforests@industry.gov.au

Last updated: 20 April 2022

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