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Savanna fire management - sequestration and emissions avoidance method
This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emissions reductions from fire management practices in Australia’s savanna landscapes as part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).
Greenhouse gas emissions in Australia’s savanna landscapes are greater from high-intensity fires in the late dry season than those produced from low-intensity fires in the early dry season. High-intensity late dry season fires also consume more dead organic matter, which means that less carbon is stored in the landscape.
Small, cooler fires during the early dry season, if done strategically:
- reduce the number and size of large, high-intensity late dry season fires
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- increase the amount of carbon stored in the dead organic matter in the landscape
This method recognises the traditional burning methods used by Australia’s Indigenous traditional owners for thousands of years.
Using the method
The department develops 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 owners can calculate their net greenhouse gas emissions abatement manually or use the Savanna Burning Abatement Tool (SavBAT). SavBAT 3 is the latest version of the tool. Project owners should use the version applicable to the method under which their project was registered.
View all available versions of the Savanna Burning Abatement Tool (SavBAT).
Savanna technical guidance document
The savanna technical guidance document must be used by project proponents when estimating abatement.
- Savanna technical guidance document
This method requires projects to use rainfall maps that show the eligible land areas which fall within high and low rainfall zones:
- Savanna fire management low rainfall zone indicative map - Shape file - formatted for GIS software [442KB ZIP]
- Savanna fire management low rainfall zone indicative map [166KB PDF] [92KB JPG]
- Savanna fire management high rainfall zone indicative map - Shape file - formatted for GIS software [1.9MB ZIP]
- Savanna fire management high rainfall zone indicative map [169KB PDF] [96KB JPG]
Late dry season maps
This method defines the late dry season through spatial data layers. At the time this method was made the late dry season start date is 1 August and the end date is 31 December.
- Savanna fire management LDS spatial data layer - formatted for GIS software [3.8MB ZIP]
- Savanna fire management LDS end date spatial data layer [645KB JPG]
- Savanna fire management LDS start date spatial data layer [648KB JPG]
Developing the method
Two periods of public consultation occurred during the drafting and development of this method and can be viewed on the department’s Consultation Hub:
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.
At the same time as this method was made the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative - Emissions Abatement through Savanna Fire Management) Methodology Determination 2015 was revoked.
- View the Savanna fire management – emissions avoidance method
- 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
Last updated: 8 December 2020
Content ID: 67369