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Guidance: Earning ACCUs under vegetation methods

13 November 2017

Guidance for crediting abatement achieved under the human-induced regeneration and native forest from managed regrowth methods is now available.

These methods are designed to achieve native forest cover of the land by encouraging regeneration. When participants are claiming Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) for abatement achieved under these methods, there will need to be evidence of trees (forest potential) and the rules for carbon estimation areas must be met.

As part of our Compliance Priorities 2017, we have checked a sample of vegetation projects to assess if the boundaries of carbon estimation areas comply with the relevant method using high resolution geospatial tools. These tools provide greater clarity in assessing the evidence of forest potential.

What has been updated?

We have developed interim guidance to help participants and auditors understand the rules for carbon estimation areas that must be met to earn ACCUs under these methods and how we will verify claims.

  • The interim operational policy explains how the law applies, and
  • the interim posture sets out circumstances when clients can expect to receive credits, and circumstances where they may be asked to hand them back.

These two guidance documents now apply while consultation occurs with relevant Emissions Reduction Fund participants and stakeholders. Final guidance will be will be published following the consultation period.

For more information see Crediting abatement – human induced regeneration and native forest from managed regrowth methods.


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