If you have answered yes to all of these questions, the
Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative – Destruction of Methane from Piggeries using Engineered Biodigesters) Methodology Determination 2013 (the method)
may be suitable for your business. Read on for further information including eligibility and compliance details.
The method sets out the rules for Emissions Reduction Fund projects that involve the capture and combustion of biogas (from piggery manure) that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere, by directing the manure into an engineered biodigester, where it is broken down by micro-organisms.
A project using this method involves the installation and operation of engineered biodigesters, plus gas capture and combustion equipment, instead of a conventional manure/waste treatment lagoon. The biogas is combusted by a flaring system, boiler or internal combustion engine (that can also be connected to an electricity generator). The equipment can be installed at existing or new piggeries.
A project creates abatement when the combusted methane is converted into carbon dioxide which has a much lower global warming potential than methane.
Section 114 of the
Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 (the Act) allows for methods to be revised and varied. This is to ensure methods continue to operate as originally intended. Variations to methods are developed and drafted by the Department of the Environment and Energy. Information on
draft methods and method variations is available on the Department of the Environment and Energy’s website.
The Clean Energy Regulator recommends making yourself familiar with proposed method variations relevant to your project should they arise, and how any changes between the original method and the varied method may affect your project plan.
You must read and understand the method and other legislative requirements to conduct the Emissions Reduction Fund project and earn Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs). This includes:
This quick reference guide provides basic information about eligibility criteria and obligations that must be met to earn ACCUs from a project using the
Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative – Destruction of Methane from Piggeries using Engineered Biodigesters) Methodology Determination 2013 (the method). . It includes specific links to the relevant legislation but should not be viewed as an alternative to reading the full legislative requirements.
Seven years – The crediting period is the period of time a project can apply to claim Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs).
Act – Part 5
general eligibility requirements in the Act which include:
There are other eligibility requirements in the method.
Act – Part 3
A project using this method must:
The engineered biodigesters must be used in place of anaerobic lagoons. They must receive piggery manure that would otherwise be directed to a lagoon and must have been installed (or replaced) after 1 July 2010.
Piggery manure is collected and directed into an engineered biodigester. The biogas emitted through the decomposition of piggery manure in the engineered biodigester is captured and combusted. This process reduces the amount of methane that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere in the absence of the project and allow the biogas to be used as a renewable fuel source in the production of energy.
You can combust captured biogas through:
Any flaring system used in the project must:
A project must be classified as either a standard project or an additional waste project.
Unless the additional waste requirements in section 2.4 of the method are met, only piggery manure may be deposited into the engineered biodigesters used in the project.
Method – Sections 1.4 and 2.4
Method – Parts 2 and 3
The net abatement amount for the project is taken to be the quantity of methane emissions avoided as a consequence of the project, minus emissions from project activities.
You must use the calculations in Part 4 of the method to calculate your project abatement.
Method – Part 4
In addition to the general monitoring requirements of the Act, projects must meet specific monitoring requirements in the method. This includes:
Act – Part 17
Method – Division 5.3
In addition to the record-keeping requirements of the Act and the Rule, you must also meet the specific record-keeping requirements set out in the method. You must have:
Rule – Part 17
Method – Division 5.4
In addition to the reporting requirements of the Act and the Rule, the method requires specific information to be included in all offset reports. (See section 5.13 of the method.)
You must include a quality assurance plan with your first report.
You can apply for ACCUs at the same time as you submit your project reports through the Client Portal using the electronic ERF Project Reporting and Crediting Application form.
Act – Part 6
Rule – Part 6
Method – Divisions 5.5 and 5.6
All projects receive an audit schedule when the project is declared and must provide audit reports according to this schedule. A minimum of three audits will be scheduled and additional audits may be triggered. For more information on the audit requirements, see the Act, the Rule and the
audit information on our website.
All non-compliance whether accidental or not or through circumstances outside your control must be reported to your auditor and rectified as soon as reasonably possible. For more information see
Act – Part 19
Rule – Part 19
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