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Bushfires and Emissions Reduction Fund projects

23 December 2019

This is an update for Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) project holders on the approach the Clean Energy Regulator will take if properties with ERF projects are adversely affected by bushfires.

It is important that all projects operate safely and comply with relevant obligations under safety legislation. Eligibility for Australian carbon credit units is contingent on compliance with state and territory laws including fire management plans.

What you should do

  • Community health and safety is everyone’s concern and taking proactive steps to reduce fire risk and respond to fires is most important from a community perspective.
  • We strongly encourage ERF scheme participants to have an up to date fire plan and to act on all relevant advices and warnings from state and local fire authorities.
  • If your property is under threat from a bushfire, the most important consideration is that people are safe. Securing your property and livestock are important secondary concerns.
  • If you have a fire that impacts your project, ERF project considerations are matters that we would encourage you to address in due course once the threat has passed.
  • To recap, in the event that your project is affected by fire, and the fire has affected, or is likely to have affected, at least 50 hectares or five per cent of your total project area (whichever is smaller), you will need to notify us in due course.
  • Given the severity of the current bush fire threat, we will be flexible in following up with you on these issues once the threat has passed.

What the Clean Energy Regulator will do

  • To assist state and territory fire authorities to develop effective fire management strategies, we have provided them with geospatial location information on all land-based projects. This will help state and territory authorities to manage the response to any fire threat.
  • In the event a project is affected by a bushfire, please contact us when you are ready. We will work with you to manage any carbon abatement or ERF contract issues.

More information

For more information about your project obligations or to notify the Clean Energy Regulator of a fire event please email enquiries@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au or call 1300 553 542.


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