On 23 August 2018, the Department of the Environment and Energy released proposed amendments to the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Rule 2015 relating to native vegetation regeneration projects for public consultation until 5pm (AEST), 13 September 2018. The proposed amendments are supported by documentasset::technical guidance, that has been co-designed between the Clean Energy Regulator and industry partners, also open for comment until 5pm (AEST), 28 September 2018.
During the consultation period, applications for project registration and Australian carbon credit units will continue to be assessed in accordance with the method requirements, the documentasset::draft operational policy, and documentasset::interim posture.
If you answered yes to these questions, the native forest from managed regrowth method
may be suitable for your business.
A native forest from managed regrowth project allows native vegetation to grow and become forest by stopping activities that suppress or destroy regeneration of native vegetation. These activities must be replaced with new management practices that allow native trees to regenerate and become forest. The project helps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas entering the atmosphere because carbon is stored, or sequestered, in the trees as they grow.
Please note that the Clean Energy Regulator has reviewed the method rules and developed an
documentasset:Operational policy on crediting for NFMR and HIR projects and
documentasset:Interim posture on crediting for NFMR and HIR projects as guidance to help project participants understand what we expect when defining land areas for crediting abatement with Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs).
Native forest from managed regrowth projects use a modelling tool called the Full Carbon Accounting Model, or FullCAM, to estimate changes in the amount of carbon stock as a result of the project. A project must be located in Australia excluding Australia's external territories.
There must be evidence of a decision to conduct a project; that is, to change land management practices that maintain pasture by suppressing or removing native vegetation regrowth, to a management regime that enables native tree regeneration.
Regeneration must arise from existing natural seed beds, rootstocks or lignotubers in the project area. Direct seeding or planting is not permitted.
The project area must also include land that has been cleared at least once for pastoral use, and there must have been forest cover on that land before it was cleared. At the time of the decision to change land management, the land must have had native vegetation and the potential to achieve forest cover, but not yet have achieved forest cover.
As a sequestration project, that is, a project that stores carbon in vegetation or soil, a native forest from managed regrowth project is subject to a 'permanence obligation'. This means the project must be maintained 'permanently' (for a nominated period of either 100 or 25 years).
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 a native forest from managed regrowth project and earn Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs). This includes:
The quick reference guide provides basic information about eligibility criteria and obligations that must be met and demonstrated to the Clean Energy Regulator to earn ACCUs from a native forest from managed regrowth project. It includes links to the legislation, but should not be viewed as an alternative to reading the full legislative requirements.
Twenty-five years – The crediting period is the period of time a project can apply to claim Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs).
Find this part in the latest version of the Act:
There are general eligibility requirements in the Act, which include:
You must also be able to provide evidence of a decision to conduct a project (i.e. to change land management practices to enable native tree regeneration). More information about evidence required for regeneration sequestration projects.
The project area must also include land that has been cleared at least once for pastoral use, and had forest cover before it was cleared. At the time of the decision to change land management, the land must have had native vegetation and the potential to achieve forest cover, but not yet achieved forest cover.
Part 2 of the Method also requires that specific information is included in a project application before the project can be considered eligible. You should ensure you refer to this part and provide all the required information.
Find this part in the latest determination of the Method:
A project involves allowing native vegetation to grow and become forest. This is done by stopping activities that suppress or destroy regeneration of native vegetation. These activities must be replaced with new management practices that allow native trees to regenerate and become forest. The regeneration must arise from existing natural seed beds, rootstocks or lignotubers in the project area.
You must provide a geospatial map of the project area that meets the requirements of the
CFI Mapping Guidelines. The area is then divided, or stratified, into a combination of two different zones:
More information about
Find these parts in the latest determination of the Method:
Abatement is calculated using a computer modelling tool called the Full Carbon Accounting Model (FullCAM). Projects following this method are to use the version of FullCAM and FullCAM Guidelines available on the Department of the Environment and Energy’s website
at the time of submitting a project report to the Clean Energy Regulator.
To determine the level of abatement, FullCAM estimates the changes in carbon stock (i.e. the amount of carbon stored in the trees) as a result of the project, using inputs based on site locations and management and disturbance events.
When estimating changes in carbon stock, FullCAM takes into account a project baseline. This represents what would happen if your project did not occur, and so provides a point against which any changes in carbon stock in a reporting period is measured.
The project baseline may be either zero or non-zero, depending on the carbon mass of trees in your carbon estimation areas. The carbon mass is described as being either material or not material, based on whether it is more or less than a set level. The set level is 5 per cent of what the carbon mass of trees would be 100 years after the project began.
A zero baseline only needs calculating once in a project, and applies if:
A non-zero-baseline is calculated as the long-term average of carbon stock for the project area, and must be recalculated for each reporting period. It applies if the:
Once the total change in carbon stock for the project area is known, net abatement is then calculated by subtracting any emissions from fires and fuel used in running the project.
More information about
calculating baselines, emissions and abatement.
In addition to the reporting requirements of the Act and the Rule, Division 5.4 of the Method also sets out method-specific requirements for offset reports. The information you are required to provide when reporting to the Clean Energy Regulator includes:
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In addition to the general monitoring requirements of the Act, Section 5.3 of the Method describes specific monitoring requirements. These include using on-ground observation and/or remote-sensing imagery to:
Relevant section of the Act:
Relevant section of the Method:
In addition to the record-keeping requirements of the Act and the Rule, Division 5.3 of the Method describes specific record-keeping requirements. These include keeping records related to:
Relevant section of the Rule:
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, please refer to the Act, the Rule and the
audit information on our website.
Some methods require specialist skills for a project. There are no specialist skills identified by this method.
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