This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emissions reductions achieved by improving the efficiency of synthetic fertiliser use in irrigated cotton production as part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).
Read the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Fertiliser in Irrigated Cotton) Methodology Determination 2015.
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.
Estimating the abatement
All projects registered under this method must use the Irrigated Cotton Calculator to estimate emissions reductions.
View the Irrigated Cotton Calculator [305KB ZIP] and a guide to the equations it uses.
Note: The Irrigated Cotton Calculator requires that users enable macros after opening the file to ensure its correct operation.
Guide to enabling macros in Microsoft Excel [1.05MB PDF] [1.95MB DOCX]
The Irrigated Cotton Calculator has been developed to run on Microsoft Excel 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011. It cannot be run on Excel 2008 for Mac as this version cannot enable macros.
Fertiliser in irrigated cotton: final equations [344.32KB PDF] [1.25MB DOCX]
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 [1.2MB PDF].
See the public consultation and method draft on the Australian Government Trove archive.
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). ERAC advice is not required for minor variations.
- Read about the Emissions Reduction Fund, including our department’s role
- Read about method development and available methods.
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