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Destruction of methane generated from dairy manure in covered anaerobic ponds

26 August 2016

This method applies to projects that reduce the methane generated from manure in dairy production systems by collecting emitted greenhouse gas from covered effluent ponds and combusting it through the use of a flare and/or an internal combustion engine and/or gas boiler.

The project requires:

  • installing and operating covers and gas capture and combustion equipment to existing uncovered effluent treatment ponds, and/or
  • replacing of conventional ponds with covered pond systems.

Dairy farmers are able to use the captured emissions to produce heat and electricity, or destroy it through the use of flares.

The destruction of methane generated from dairy manure in anaerobic ponds method was varied in June 2015. The method must be read together with the methodology determination variation, which provides details on the changes.

Method variations

Section 114 of the Carbon Credits (Carbon F​arming 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.

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