If you have answered yes to both of these questions, the refrigeration and ventilation fans method may be suitable for your business. Read on for eligibility and compliance details.
Fans are integral parts of refrigeration and ventilation systems. The refrigeration and ventilation fans method sets out the rules for projects that reduce emissions by improving the efficiency of fans used in certain refrigeration systems including refrigerated display cabinet, freezer cabinet, walk-in cool room and cold storage warehouse and ventilation for commercial or industrial buildings or common areas in residential buildings. By improving efficiency of fans, less electricity is consumed and emissions associated with the generation of electricity are reduced.
The method distinguishes between two different types of activities with different rules for each. These are called high efficiency fan installations and small motor fan upgrades:
Under both activities, the method supports the installation of control devices such as variable speed drives, multi-speed or switching controls to further improve the energy efficiency of fans.
The method is partly based on similar methods used by the New South Wales Energy Savings Scheme (High Efficiency Motors method and Business Appliances method) and the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme (Refrigeration fans activity). However, there are several differences due to overall scheme design and coverage.
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 refrigeration and ventilation fans project and earn Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs). This includes:
Department of Environment information on the refrigeration and ventilation fans method
Refrigeration and ventilation fans - project application guidance
Seven years – the crediting period is the period of time a project undertakes activities which generate eligible abatement.
Relevant section of the Act:
There are general eligibility requirements in the Act which include:
The refrigeration and ventilation fans method is then split into two distinct activities (high efficiency fan installations and small motor fan upgrades) and each have additional specific eligibility criteria. Further detail about the specific eligibility criteria for each activity can be found in the Method.
Relevant section of the Method:
Section 12 of the Method provides a list of fans that are excluded from the method. Amongst others, these include ventilation fans that are used as part of an industrial process, fans that are used for applications where the operation is infrequent, such as smoke extraction and pressurisation fans, fans not of an eligible type and fans installed in buildings or refrigeration systems not prescribed in the method.
How abatement is calculated will depend on whether the project involves high efficiency fan installations or small motor fan upgrades.
High efficiency fan installations: abatement is determined by comparing the power consumption of the installed fan with the power consumption of a market average fan of the same fan type and power, with the same installation category.
Small motor fan upgrades: abatement is determined by comparing the difference in fan efficiency between the replaced shaded pole or permanent split capacitor motor of a driven fan and the replacement electronically commutated motor.
The Method requires project proponents to notify the Clean Energy Regulator of the following:
If certain conditions are met, any product performance issue that has been identified with an installed fan or fan component.
In addition to the general record keeping requirements of the
the Rule, Part 5 of the Method sets out the information that must be kept and includes the activities undertaken, the technical specifications and locations of fans, and the building and/or refrigeration system type.
Where applicable, records should also include information on the replaced fans and the appropriate disposal of removed fans.
Relevant section of the Rule:
In addition to the general reporting requirements of the Act and Rule, Part 5 of the Method sets out some method specific requirements for offset reports including:
All projects receive an audit schedule 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.
Specialist skills will be required to carry out the project in accordance with the Method. Examples of specialist skills include:
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