Emissions Reduction Fund methods

Finalised method determinations by sector

Project applications using these method determinations can be made to the Clean Energy Regulator

Sector Methods
Energy efficiency Aggregated small energy users
Commercial building energy efficiency
Industrial Electricity and Fuel Efficiency
Mining Coal mine waste gas
Transport Aviation
Land and sea transport
Vegetation management Avoided clearing of native regrowth
Avoided land clearing
Designated Verified Carbon Standard projects
Savanna fire management
Waste and wastewater Alternative waste treatment
Landfill gas
Wastewater treatment

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.

Draft Methods open for comment
There are currently no draft methods open for comment.
Draft Methods closed for comment
Beef cattle herd management
Commercial and public lighting
Fertiliser use efficiency in irrigated cotton
High efficiency commercial appliances
Oil and gas fugitives
Refrigeration and ventilation fan upgrades
Sequestration of carbon in soil using modelled abatement estimates

The Department 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. A template for submissions is provided below.

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 Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 and further explained from page 53 of the Explanatory Memorandum to the Bill.

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.

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.

Method development guidelines

The Department has published a set of method development guidelines. These guidelines are designed to help stakeholders and technical working groups with the development of methods, and to understand what is considered when methodology determinations are assessed by the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee.