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22 June 2021
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Industrial electricity and fuel efficiency

2021 crediting period extension review

The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (the Committee) has completed the crediting period extension review of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative – Industrial Electricity and Fuel Efficiency) Methodology Determination 2015.

The Committee received 8 submissions during targeted stakeholder consultation in February to April 2021. As these submissions are confidential, they will not be published.

The Committee found industry provided insufficient evidence to demonstrate extending the crediting period would continue to result in abatement unlikely to occur in the ordinary course of events.

Based on its findings, the Committee recommends the crediting period for the industrial electricity and fuel efficiency method should not be extended.

Read the Crediting period extension review report.

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Next steps

The Clean Energy Regulator is preparing a variation to the industrial electricity and fuel efficiency method for public consultation. The variation will address issues identified in the Committee's 2018 review of the method and through the Committee's public consultation on the crediting period extension review.

Coal mine waste gas

2021 crediting period extension review

The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (the Committee) has completed the crediting period extension review of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative – Coal Mine Waste Gas) Methodology Determination 2015.

The Committee received 3 submissions during targeted stakeholder consultation in December 2020 to January 2021. As these submissions are confidential, they will not be published.

The Committee found sufficient evidence to demonstrate that an extension of the crediting period would continue to result in abatement that would be unlikely to occur in the ordinary course of business.

Based on its findings, the Committee recommends that the crediting period for new and existing projects be extended for 5 years.

Read the Crediting period extension review report.

Find out more about using this method.

Next steps

The Clean Energy Regulator is preparing a variation to the coal mine waste gas method for consultation. The variation will address other issues, which emerged through public consultation on the review as well as giving effect to the crediting period extension.

Landfill gas

The Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Landfill Gas) Methodology Determination Variation 2021 came into effect on 7 May 2021.

The variation implements findings from the Committee's reviews of the method. This included a crediting period extension review under section 255A of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 (the CFI Act).

This variation:

  • extends the crediting period for landfill gas flaring activities by 5 years (new flaring projects receive a 12-year crediting period)
  • clarifies the eligibility requirements for upgrade projects
  • changes the default methane proportion for landfill gas from 50% to 42% for new projects.

The Committee provided advice to the Minister about the variation in accordance with subsection 114(8) of the CFI Act.

Read more information on the landfill gas variation.

Alternative waste treatment

The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (the Committee) has now finished the crediting period extension review of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative - Alternative Waste Treatment) Methodology Determination 2015.

The Committee is taking a risk-based approach to periodic method reviews to allow it to focus its work on priority method development and crediting period extension reviews. The Alternative Waste Treatment method is not currently assessed as a priority for a broader periodic method review (beyond the crediting period extension) and is not being progressed at this time.

There were 4 submissions during the initial consultation period on the crediting period extension. An additional 6 submissions were made to a request for data from existing projects under the method in November 2020.

The Committee found insufficient evidence during the review to indicate that an extension of the crediting period would continue to result in abatement that is unlikely to occur in the ordinary course of events.

Based on the findings in the review report, the Committee recommends that the crediting period for projects under the Alternative Waste Treatment method, should not be extended.

Read the Crediting period extension review report.


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