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The Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction has revoked the commercial and public lighting method under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) following a review by the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (ERAC).
The commercial and public lighting method allowed proponents to generate Australian carbon credits units (ACCUs) by upgrading, modifying, replacing, or supplementing a lighting system in a commercial area, road, or public space to increase energy efficiency, reducing emissions through reduced electricity use.
Following a crediting period extension (CPE) review, the ERAC advised the method may no longer comply with the offsets integrity standard of additionality given the falling cost of more efficient lighting systems has increasingly made such upgrades a business as usual occurrence.
ERAC Chair David Byers said ERAC’s recommendation represented an example of the robust integrity arrangements underpinning the ERF Scheme.
“ERF methods are subject to legislated and rigorous scrutiny so that the public and industry can have full confidence in their effectiveness.
“Overseen by the ERAC, all methods undergo regular and comprehensive reviews to ensure they remain fit for purpose and complying with our high standards of integrity, including our strict additionality requirement.
“As is standard practice for the ERAC, this decision follows a period of evaluation including public consultation, and a review of the best possible available data and information.
Mr Byers said that the change reflected ERAC’s analysis of substantial changes in the lighting sector.
“Since the method was first announced, ERAC have identified a number of regulatory, technological and market variations impacting the sector that have informed this recommendation.
“This decision comes into effect from today (7 April 2022) and means that no new projects are able to register under this method.
For more information see
commercial and public lighting on the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources’ Consultation Hub.
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