Carbon Farming Initiative

Carbon pricing mechanism repeal

The Clean Energy Act 2011 has been repealed. This abolishes the carbon pricing mechanism from 1 July 2014. Liable entities must still meet their carbon price obligations for the 2013-14 financial year.

Content on the Clean Energy Regulator website will be progressively updated to reflect these changes. More information can be found on the carbon pricing mechanism repeal page.

The Carbon Farming Initiative enables individuals and entities to be issued Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) through activities that store carbon or reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the land.

There are different types of activities that can be conducted under the Carbon Farming Initiative. These fall into two categories – emissions avoidance, where greenhouse gas emissions are prevented from entering the atmosphere, and sequestration, where carbon is stored on the land.

The scope of emissions avoidance and sequestration activities​​ that may be eligible under the Carbon Farming Initiative is defined under the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011. A methodology determination must also be in place for activities under the Carbon Farming Initiative, to be considered an eligible project by the Clean Energy Regulator.

See the five steps to participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative for more information on applying to join and conduct a project through to earning ACCUs and completing a project.

ACCUs issued under the Carbon Farming Initiative can be sold to people and businesses wishing to offset liability under the carbon pricing mechanism until 2 February 2015. ACCUs may continue to be sold after that date to people and businesses wishing to voluntarily offset their emissions.

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Carbon Farming Initiative Update

The Carbon Farming Initiative Update for August is now available. In this issue:

  • ERF update
  • Backdating
  • A new tool to help choose a sequestration project
  • Important reminder for all project proponents
  • and more...

Carbon price ends

The Clean Energy Act 2011 has been repealed. This abolishes the carbon pricing mechanism from 1 July 2014. Liable entities must still meet their carbon price obligations for the 2013-14 financial year and will need to acquire and surrender enough units (which may include Australian carbon credit units) to match their total emissions by 2 February 2015 or pay a unit shortfall charge.

Choosing a sequestration methodology

Unsure about which sequestration methodology is right for your situation? Use the choosing a sequestration methodology decision making tree to help you make the right choice.