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The reduction of methane greenhouse gases

31 October 2016
RET

Eligible landfill gas generators may also receive ​​​​Australian carbon credit un​its ​​(ACC​Us)​ for the reduction of methane greenhouse gases.

The owners or operators (proponents) of landfill gas sites in Austr​​​​​​alia can apply to the Clean Energy Regulator to have their offset's project to capture and combust methane from legacy waste—waste deposited before 1 July 2012 (section 27 of the Carbon Credits Act 2011).

There are a range of criteria that an offsets project must satisfy, including that the project is covered by an approved methodology and passes the additionality test.

A project passes the additionality test if:

  • it is not required by law
  • is specified in the regulations (known as the positive list), and
  • is not an excluded project (known as the negative list).

Once the project has been declared eligible, the proponent can submit an offsets report (including accompanying audit report) on its activities and apply for ACCUs. The number of ACCUs the project is eligible for will be calculated in accordance with the methodology and guidelines for the relevant reporting period.

Waste coal mine gas

The Clean Energy Regular has approved seven applications for the accreditation of power stations using waste coal mine gas as an eligible energy source, under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target.

Under regulation 5A of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001, the Clean Energy Regulator has determined the waste coal mine gas limit for these accredited power stations until 31 December 2020, as detailed in the table below.

Nominated Person Power station Limit till 2020 (MWh)
EDL CSM (QLD) Pty LtdGerman Creek Power Station - QLD201,564
EDL Projects (Australia) Pty LtdMoranbah North Power Station - QLD326,475
Endeavour Coal Pty LimitedWest VAMP Power Station - NSW46,247
Envirogen (Oaky) Pty LtdGlennies Creek Power Plant - NSW50,099
Envirogen (Oaky) Pty LtdOaky Creek Power Plant - QLD160,054
Envirogen Pty LtdTeralba Power Plant - NSW31,703
Envirogen Pty LtdTahmoor Power Plant - NSW33,676


Learn about the redistribution of waste coal mine gas limits .

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