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Blue carbon

14 October 2021

A blue carbon method will create opportunities to store carbon through restoring mangroves and tidal marshes and reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions through reintroduction of tidal flows.

Diagram of the carbon capture and storage method development process.

Method development plan

Development stageStatusMilestones for the 2021 calendar year
Planning and scopingComplete
  • The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources facilitated a number of stakeholder workshops between November 2019 and August 2020.
  • The Clean Energy Regulator (the agency) is building on this work.
Develop draft methodComplete
  • Co-design workshop held quarter 1 and 3 2021.
  • Co-design process continues during quarter 2 2021.
Technical and expert consultationIn progress
  • Technical review scheduled quarters 2 and 3 2021.
ERAC considerationComplete
  • ERAC consideration scheduled quarter 3 2021.
Public consultationIn progress
  • The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee has released a draft blue carbon method, method supplement and simple method guide for public consultation for a period of 28 days. These documents are available on the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources’ consultation hub. Submissions will be accepted until Wednesday 10 November 2021 (11:59 pm AEDT).
Refinement and draft finalisationPending
  • Refinement and draft finalisation during quarter 4 2021.
ERAC approvalPending
  • ERAC review scheduled quarter 4 2021.
Minister approvalPending
  • Method finalisation by quarter 4 2021.

Issues Register

IssueResponse
Permitting seeding and planting for blue carbon projects.The Clean Energy Regulator (the agency) is proposing to allow environmental planting and seeding by projects under the new blue carbon method.
Whether existing regulatory and approval regimes are sufficient to manage potential adverse impacts from the reintroduction of tidal flows.The agency has undertaken an assessment of Commonwealth, state and territory regulatory frameworks to manage potential adverse impacts from the reintroduction of tidal flows and is continuing to work with stakeholders on potential requirements to manage outstanding risks.
Investigating what low cost options are available to evidence the modelled abatement figures and that regeneration of vegetated coastal ecosystems is occurring.The agency has worked with blue carbon experts to develop the Blue Carbon Accounting Model (BlueCAM) to model net abatement from blue carbon projects.
​Specifying the mapping and hydrological modelling requirements for blue carbon projects.
​The agency has prepared a draft Supplement to the blue carbon method that outlines the proposed mapping and hydrological mapping requirements for blue carbon projects.




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