This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emission reductions from pasture-fed beef cattle as part of the Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU) Scheme. Emission reductions achieved through altering management practices for beef herds receive carbon credits.
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:
- information on the method and how to use it
- project planning guidance, including eligibility requirements and how to apply.
Estimating the abatement
The Beef Cattle Herd Management Calculator helps project proponents estimate the abatement achieved by improving the efficiency of their pasture-fed beef cattle businesses.
For reporting requirements under the method, all projects must use the Beef Cattle Herd Management Calculator to estimate emission reductions.
In September 2022, the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee initiated a periodic review of the method to consider whether or not it continues to meet the legislated offsets integrity standards.
To inform its advice to the Committee, the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (the department) engaged consultants to review the Beef Cattle Herd Management Calculator (the calculator) as part of broader work for the periodic review.
The consultants identified errors with both versions of the calculator being version 1.3 for projects declared before 25 May 2017 and version 3.2 for all other projects. This means that neither version 3.2 or 1.3 nor any previous versions of the calculator can be appropriately used for determining abatement as required by s 23(a) of the method.
This means all versions of the calculator will be unavailable for use while the errors are being corrected. It also means the Clean Energy Regulator will not be able to accept offsets reports for the issuing of ACCUs during this time. Once the calculators are revised and the impact of the errors is known, the CER will consider any implications for offsets reports previously submitted using the old calculators.
The department is working closely with the consultants to fix the errors and aims to have amended calculators available in early 2024.
It is also expected that the Committee will consider the outcomes of the periodic review at its March 2024 meeting.
For further information about the periodic review, please contact the department on ACCUMethods@dcceew.gov.au.
For further information about offsets reports and crediting, please contact the Clean Energy Regulator at CER-ERFSoilSavannaandAgriculture@cer.gov.au.
Consultation on the method
Read the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee’s (ERAC’s) advice to the Minister on making the method in 2015 (PDF 369KB).
The ERAC is currently reviewing the method against the Offsets Integrity Standards, which are set out in the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011.