This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emissions reductions from projects that destroy the methane component of coal mine waste gas as part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). Emissions reductions achieved by using flares, electricity production devices or flameless oxidation devices to convert methane to carbon dioxide can receive credits under the ERF. If a project produces electricity from the conversion and displaces a more carbon-intensive source of electricity (such as from the grid) it can also receive credits.
Using the method
To use this method and take part in the ERF, you need to apply to the Clean Energy Regulator. The Regulator develops the methods and manages project registration, compliance and crediting emissions reductions for projects under the ERF.
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.
Consultation on the method
The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (ERAC) conducts public consultation before giving advice about making or varying a method. Once finalised the ERAC advises the Minister on whether the new or varied method meets the offsets integrity standards.
Read the ERAC’s advice to the Minister on:
- making the method in 2015 [869KB PDF]
- varying the method in 2016 [302KB PDF]
- varying the method in 2021 [808KB PDF] [1.47MB DOCX].
A minor variation to the method was made in 2019. ERAC advice is not required on minor variations.
Read about the Emissions Reduction Fund, including our department’s role.