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Reforestation by Environmental or Mallee Plantings - FullCAM
This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emissions reductions to landholders who establish permanent (non-harvest) forest through planting a mixture of native species, or mallee trees. As part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), crediting is based on carbon sequestered in the trees as they grow.
Using the method
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.
View eligibility requirements and how to apply on the Clean Energy Regulator website.
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 Reforestation by Environmental or Mallee Plantings method [4.7MB PDF] [4.8MB 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
This method allows use of specific FullCAM growth calibrations that are only valid in defined spatial areas. Further detail is available in the method’s FullCAM Guidelines.
Where project proponents establish mallee the land must receive long-term average rainfall of 600 millimetres or less, as determined by the Long Term Average Rainfall Map Layer.
View the environmental data on data.gov.au for the Long Term Average Rainfall Map Layer and layers for the spatial domains of specific FullCAM growth calibrations.
Variations to the method
A variation to the method was made in 2018 and to six other methods to reflect the retirement of the online Carbon Farming Initiative Mapping Tool (CFI Mapping Tool).
A variation was also made in 2015 to introduce minor changes to the method.
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.
- Development of the specific growth curve calibrations in this methodology determination was informed by a CSIRO lead research project
- Environmental data—including forest cover data layers and the CFI rainfall map—is available on data.gov.au
- The department is responsible for developing methodology determinations
- The Emissions Reduction Fund incentivises Australian businesses to cut the amount of greenhouse gases they create and to undertake activities that store carbon
- This method is enabled by the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 which also enables the 2015 Rule and 2011 Regulations
Last updated: 8 December 2020
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