This methodology determination (method) provides the rules for crediting carbon stored in soil resulting from altered management practice as part of the Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU) Scheme. Emission reductions achieved by sequestering soil carbon under pasture, crops or mixed farming systems can receive ACCUs.
These model-based soil carbon projects involve specific project management activities undertaken on eligible land, using default abatement values.
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.
The method has 2 guidance documents:
- Guidelines—Qualified Person under the Estimating Sequestration of Carbon in Soil Using Default Values Determination (PDF 65 KB) | (DOCX 271.5 KB)
- Standard Parameters and Emissions Factors for the Carbon Credits (Estimating Sequestration of Carbon in Soil Using Default Values) Methodology Determination 2015 (PDF 171 KB) | (DOCX 67 KB)
Project proponents need to meet the requirements of the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) Mapping Guidelines for mapping project areas and carbon estimation areas.
Sequestration maps model the amount of new carbon stored in the project area from each project management activity over the project reporting period. Each soil carbon project must have one or more project management activity.
View the sequestration area maps and their values:
- Conversion to pasture (PDF 188 KB)
- Sustainable intensification (PDF 188 KB)
- Stubble retention (PDF 183 KB)
If you wish to view the map layers in your own mapping software, the datasets are available from data.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 1.12 MB).
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).