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Source separated organic waste method
This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting the emissions reductions achieved by separating organic material from waste at the point of generation and diverting it from landfill. Under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), emissions reduced by using eligible alternative methods to treat the waste, such as composting, processed engineered fuel manufacture, and biodigestion can receive credits.
Under this method charities can also be credited for collecting and distributing food that would otherwise be sent to landfill.
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 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.
Developing the method
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.
A 2016 amendment to the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Rule 2015 extended the accounting period for this method to allow project owners to report emission reductions that accrue after the crediting period has ended.
- 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
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