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Consultation now open on draft sampling guidance for measurement-based soil carbon methods

11 March 2020

The Clean Energy Regulator and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is seeking views on proposed changes to sampling requirements for the following Emissions Reduction Fund methods and their subsidiary documents; the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative – Sequestering Carbon in Soils in Grazing Systems) Methodology Determination 2014, and the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative — Measurement of Soil Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Systems) Methodology Determination 2018.

The consultation document includes:

  • Parts A, B and C: guidance on meeting the proposed new sampling requirements outlined in the changes to the subsidiary documents and
  • Appendix A: the proposed changes to subsidiary documents.

Seeking your feedback

The Clean Energy Regulator and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources are seeking feedback on whether:

  • the new requirements in the subsidiary documents are an effective and cost-efficient means of having the allocation, location, extraction and processing of the soil samples undertaken without bias
  • participants have alternative assurance approaches they would like to put forward for publication in the Clean Energy Regulator’s guidance
  • the Clean Energy Regulator’s guidance suitably explains the application of requirements to soil carbon projects; and
  • implementing the new guidance and reflected changes to subsidiary materials by May 2020 would pose issues for participants. Note: Transitional arrangements would apply when proponents have already started a sampling round.

How to make a submission

The Clean Energy Regulator is managing the consultation and will work with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources to consider feedback and responses, as appropriate. If you would like to make a submission on the Proposed changes to subsidiary documents and sampling guidance for measurement-based soil carbon methods, please email CER-ERFMethodConsultation@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au by 5pm AEDT, Friday 27 March 2020.


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