This methodology determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emission reductions to landholders who protect native forests that have been repeatedly cleared for cropping or grazing.
Landholders must demonstrate they have the permission to clear existing native forest that has been cleared twice in the past. As part of the Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU) Scheme, crediting is based on carbon captured by not clearing the forest.
Using the method
To use this method and participate in the ACCU Scheme, you need to apply to the Clean Energy Regulator. The Regulator manages project registration, compliance and crediting of emissions reductions for projects under the ACCU Scheme.
Visit the Regulator’s website for:
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 more about 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
Read the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee’s (ERAC’s) advice to the Minister on making the method in 2015 (PDF 895KB).
A minor variation to the method was made in 2018 and to 6 other methods to reflect the retirement of the online Carbon Farming Initiative Mapping Tool (CFI Mapping Tool).
- Environmental data - including forest cover data layers
- Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011, the 2015 Rule and 2011 Regulations
- Australian Carbon Credit Units Scheme
- Method development and available methods