The Minister for Climate Change and Energy revoked the avoided deforestation 1.1 method on 14 February 2023. New projects cannot be registered under the method from 16 February 2023. Projects already registered under the method are not affected and can continue.
This methodology determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emission reductions to landholders who protect native forests rather than permanently converting them to cropland or grassland.
Project proponents protect the native forests despite having government permission to clear and convert them. As part of the Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU) Scheme, crediting is based on emissions avoided by not clearing the forest and managing it in a way that maintains or increases the carbon stored in trees (carbon stock).
Using the method
To use this method and take part in the ACCU Scheme, you need to apply to the Clean Energy Regulator. The Regulator manages compliance and crediting of emissions reductions for projects under the ACCU Scheme.
Visit the Regulator’s website for:
Calculating the abatement
Project proponents must collect and analyse measurements of tree biomass from different parts of the forest to calculate the carbon abatement of their projects.
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 1.05 MB).
- Environmental data - including forest cover data layers
- Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011, the 2015 Rule and 2011 Regulations
- Australian Carbon Credit Unit Scheme
- Method development and available methods
- Email ACCUscheme@dcceew.gov.au