Emissions Reduction Fund methods

Development of Emissions Reduction Fund methods

In order to ensure methods are ready for use under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), 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 is commencing a prioritisation process to determine which new methods will be given priority for development under the ERF.

Consultation on draft method determinations

The Department has released the draft ERF method determinations listed below for public consultation. 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.

Draft method determinations open for comment

Draft method determination Submissions due

Avoided land clearing
The draft method sets out the requirements for projects to reduce emissions by protecting native vegetation from being cleared. This method updates an existing Carbon Farming Initiative method to make it consistent with the Emissions Reduction Fund.

19 December 2014
(14 day consultation period)

This method streamlines the earlier method released for use under the Carbon Farming Initiative in mid 2012. The draft method sets out the detailed rules that landholders can use to cut their emissions by planting trees.

19 December 2014
(14 day consultation period)

Beef cattle herd management
The draft method provides for crediting of emissions reductions from pasture-fed beef cattle. Crediting is based on emissions reductions achieved through efficiency gains, where emissions are reduced while beef production is maintained or increased.

9 January 2015

Designated Verified Carbon Standard projects
The draft method applies only to forest management projects previously approved under the Verified Carbon Standard, a voluntary international carbon offsets program.

9 January 2015

Savanna fire management
The draft method reduces greenhouse gas emissions through fire management in the early dry season in northern savannas, aimed at reducing the incidence and extent of larger, higher intensity late dry season fires.  Under this method project proponents can complete geospatial and other calculations manually or use a new version of the Savanna Burning Abatement Tool (SavBAT2).

9 January 2015

Draft method determinations closed for comment

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.