Emissions Reduction Fund methods

In order to ensure methods are ready for use under the Emissions Reduction Fund, the Department of the Environment has commenced development of a number of priority methods across a range of sectors. Emissions reduction methods set out the rules for estimating emissions reductions from different activities.

The Department has released the draft ERF method determinations listed below for 28 day public consultation periods. The draft method determinations are based on methods which have been developed by the Department in consultation with Technical Working Groups and industry.

Interested businesses, community organisations and individuals are invited to make a submission on the draft method determinations and submit it by the due date indicated below for each method. A template for submissions is provided below.

The template seeks feedback on the content of the draft method determination and views on whether projects implemented under the methods are likely to cause any significant adverse social, environmental or economic impacts.

Submissions may also wish to provide comment on the consistency of the draft method determination with the Offsets Integrity Standards. These standards are set out in section 133 of the Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014 and further explained from page 53 of the Explanatory Memorandum to the Bill.

Facilities – submissions due 12 November 2014

The draft method determination will support ERF projects through crediting verified emissions reductions achieved through a reduction in emissions per unit of output at facilities that report emissions under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme and produce a saleable product.

Facilities: draft method determination (PDF - 580.8 KB)
Facilities: draft method determination (DOC - 572 KB)

Facilities: draft explanatory statement (PDF - 151.4 KB)
Facilities: draft explanatory statement (DOCX - 68.24 KB)

Wastewater treatment – submissions due 12 November 2014

The draft method determination will support ERF projects through incentivising projects which treat eligible domestic, commercial or industrial wastewater in an anaerobic digester. The resulting biogas is sent to a combustion device where a large proportion of the methane is destroyed.

Wastewater treatment: draft method determination (PDF - 345.51 KB)
Wastewater treatment: draft method determination (DOCX - 267.4 KB)

Wastewater treatment: draft explanatory statement (PDF - 217.43 KB)
Wastewater treatment: draft explanatory statement (DOCX - 346.44 KB)

Transport – submissions due 12 November 2014

The draft transport method supports projects that reduce the emissions intensity of transport - across road, rail, air, sea and mobile equipment.

Transport: draft method determination (PDF - 259 KB)
Transport: draft method determination (DOCX - 341.18 KB)

Transport: draft explanatory statement (PDF - 162.22 KB)
Transport: draft explanatory statement (DOCX - 266.09 KB)

Commercial building energy efficiency – submissions closed

The draft method determination will support ERF projects that reduce emissions by undertaking energy efficiency upgrades in existing commercial buildings, using the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) to inform additionality assessments and quantify abatement.

Commercial building energy efficiency: draft method determination (PDF - 402.62 KB)
Commercial building energy efficiency: draft method determination (DOC - 323 KB)

Commercial building energy efficiency: draft explanatory statement (PDF - 241.24 KB)
Commercial building energy efficiency: draft explanatory statement (DOC - 220.5 KB)

Avoided clearing of native regrowth – submissions closed

The draft method determination supports projects that protect native regrowth on agricultural land from further clearing.

Avoided clearing of native regrowth: draft method determination (PDF - 209.19 KB)
Avoided clearing of native regrowth: draft method determination (DOCX - 98.86 KB)

Avoided clearing of native regrowth: draft explanatory statement (PDF - 446.55 KB)
Avoided clearing of native regrowth: draft explanatory statement (DOCX - 1.19 MB)

Coal mining - submissions closed

The draft method determination will support ERF projects that destroy the methane component of coal mine waste gas by operating one or more methane destruction devices.

Coal mining: draft method determination (PDF - 687.37 KB)
Coal mining: draft method determination (DOCX - 312.66 KB)

Coal mining explanatory document (PDF - 688.02 KB)
Coal mining explanatory document (DOCX - 105.9 KB)

Alternative Waste Treatment - submissions closed

Under the draft method determination, ERF projects would treat eligible organic waste at an alternative waste treatment (AWT) facility, rather than disposing of it in landfill.

Alternative Waste Treatment: draft method determination (PDF - 467.27 KB)
Alternative Waste Treatment: draft method determination (DOCX - 217.74 KB)

Alternative Waste Treatment explanatory document (PDF - 530.52 KB)
Alternative Waste Treatment explanatory document (DOCX - 236.76 KB)

Landfill gas - submissions closed

The draft method determination would support ERF projects that reduce emissions by combusting methane from landfill gas using a flare, boiler or internal combustion engine..

Landfill gas: draft determination (PDF - 531.95 KB)
Landfill gas: draft determination (DOC - 515 KB)

Landfill gas: explanatory document (PDF - 505.33 KB)
Landfill gas: explanatory document (DOCX - 424.5 KB)

Submission template

If you are interested in providing a submission on the draft method determinations please use the submission template and send your submission to EmissionsReductionSubmissions@environment.gov.au

Note: A draft method determination that is open for public comment should not be relied upon for planning an ERF project. Draft method determinations may be modified following public consultation and are not final until made by the Minister for the Environment.

For more information on the development of ERF methods, please see the ERF fact sheets.