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.
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.
Visit the Regulator’s website for:
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:
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 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.
A minor variation to the method was made in 2020. ERAC advice is not required for minor variations.
Last updated: 20 April 2022
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