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Meeting the requirement to stratify according to species mix

27 August 2018

For comment: proposed amendments and guidance

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.

The Clean Energy Regulator has produced guidance on the circumstances in which it is necessary to stratify carbon estimation areas (CEAs) according to species mix – a requirement for projects using the environmental or mallee plantings FullCAM method, and the human-induced regeneration of a permanent even-aged native forest method.

The methodology determinations stipulate the use of the 'environmental plantings' setting in the reforestation modelling tool (RMT), however the RMT does not provide for modelling results based on a difference in species mix alone.

This guidance clarifies how differences in species mix should be accounted for using the three different methodology determinations.

In the case of an environmental or mallee plantings project, if the decision to plant a different mix of species in different areas has been made on the basis of identified differences in site characteristics or in establishment and/or management methods of those areas, then the project area and/or carbon estimation area must be stratified in line with differences in species mix.

For projects using the human-induced regeneration methodology determination, estimations of the species mix that will regenerate in different areas are to be based on identified differences in site characteristics of those areas or differences in management practices for those areas.

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