This Methodology Determination (method) provides the rules for crediting emissions reductions to forest growers and landholders who establish and maintain trees, native or otherwise, on land previously used for agricultural purposes. As part of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), crediting is based on carbon sequestered in the trees as they grow.
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.
Calculating the abatement
Project proponents directly measure trees in sample plots using infield measurements to calculate the carbon stored by the project.
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
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.
- Environmental data—including forest cover data layers and the CFI rainfall map—is available on data.gov.au
- This method is enabled by the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 which also enables the 2015 Rule and 2011 Regulations.
- Read about the Emissions Reduction Fund, including our department’s role.
- Read more about method development and available methods.