If you have answered yes to both of these questions, the ICER method
may be suitable for your business. Read on for eligibility and compliance details.
The ICER method incentivises activities that reduce energy-consumption emissions or industrial process emissions from existing equipment on an industrial or commercial site. Project proponents can determine what eligible activities are most appropriate for their site. By being flexible and technology neutral, the ICER method can support both well-known and innovative approaches to emissions reduction. The types of upgrades that can be carried out under the method include:
Proponents can aggregate emissions reductions from multiple distinct upgrades at one or more sites as part of one project.
In addition to lowering emissions, well-designed projects undertaken under the ICER method could potentially reduce energy-costs, improve productivity and reduce maintenance costs at a facility.
The ICER method enhances and replaces the IEFE method. It supports new abatement opportunities and is easier to use.
The IEFE method was revoked on 11 January 2023. New projects cannot be registered under the IEFE method.
Existing IEFE projects whose crediting period
has started can:
You can apply to transfer your project through the
Existing projects registered under the
facilities method may also apply to move to the ICER method. The application must be made during the first reporting period for the project and prior to submission of an offsets report for that period.
For detailed information about transferring your project to the ICER method see
Making changes to your project and the
documentasset: ICER simple method guide.
For further guidance, email
email@example.com or phone 1300 553 542.
documentasset:Industrial and commercial emissions reduction - simple method guide provides a step-by-step guide on how to register, run and report on an ICER project.
You must read and understand the method and other legislative requirements to conduct an industrial and commercial emissions reduction project and earn Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs). This includes:
This quick reference guide provides basic information about eligibility criteria and obligations that must be met to earn ACCUs from an ICER project. It includes specific links to the legislation described above but should not be viewed as an alternative to reading the full legislative requirements. Additional information can also be found in the ICER simple method guide linked above.
The crediting period for a project under the ICER method is 7 years.
The crediting period is the period of time a project can apply to claim Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs). The crediting period starts from the project start date, which is nominated by the project applicant.
Projects under the ICER method can defer the start of their crediting period for up to 3 years after the date the project is registered.
Relevant section of the Act:
Relevant section of the Rule:
There are general eligibility requirements in the Act, which include:
There is an in lieu of newness provision in section 17A of the ICER method for restarting ICER projects that replaces the standard newness requirement set out in the Act. The in lieu of newness provision allows projects that were registered under the IEFE method and started project activities before their crediting period had commenced, to meet the newness requirement if they revoke their IEFE project and register the project under the ICER method. If a project is not a restarting ICER project, the newness requirement in the Act applies.
The ICER method requires project proponents to provide a statement of activity intent when they apply to register their project under the ERF. A statement of activity intent is a statement that the activities the project proponent intends to implement would not likely be implemented in the absence of the activities being included in a registered ERF project. This ensures the method credits for carbon abatement that is unlikely to occur in the ordinary course of events.
The ICER method requires that you have historical energy consumption and emissions data available, or that energy consumption and emissions is able to be measured before you commence the project. This is required to enable the development of baseline emissions models.
Section 14 of the method also requires that specific information is included in a project application before the project can be considered eligible. You should ensure you refer to this section and provide all the required information in your application.
Relevant section of the Method:
An ICER project consists of one or more implementations. Each implementation involves one or more eligible emissions-reducing activities applied to existing emissions-producing equipment. The method is technology-neutral, meaning that it does not require that a particular technology be used when carrying out activities. Eligible activities include:
The ICER method allows proponents to add new activities to their project after the date their project is registered under the ERF by providing an updated statement of activity intent. The updated statement may apply to new activities at the site of an implementation already included in the project or may apply to entirely new implementations, such as an implementation at a distinct site.
This provides a mechanism for project proponents to continue to identify new opportunities and claim ACCUs for new emissions reducing activities that are unlikely to occur in the ordinary course of events.
Relevant sections of the Method:
Several activities are not eligible under the ICER method and cannot be included in an ICER project. Excluded activities include:
The abatement generated by your ICER project is calculated by summing the abatement generated by each implementation.
To calculate abatement for an implementation, the project proponent must compare the measured emissions that occur after the implementation is completed (the ‘measured operating emissions’) to the estimated emissions that would have been produced if the implementation had not taken place (the ‘baseline emissions’).
To estimate baseline emissions for an implementation for each reporting period, the project proponent must first develop a baseline emissions model.
Baseline emissions models may be either:
Baseline emissions models must be developed using values of emissions and model variables measured during a baseline measurement period chosen by the project proponent.
Once the baseline emissions model is developed, the project proponent can measure the values of the chosen variables during the reporting period and insert these values into the model to estimate the level of emissions that would have been produced in the absence of the implementation.
A thorough understanding of the requirements of the method is essential in developing baseline emissions models. The ICER method includes minimum statistical requirements that baseline emissions models must meet, and abatement is reduced if the model estimates baseline emissions with high uncertainty. If using an engineering baseline emissions model, project proponents must also provide a declaration from a suitably qualified and independent professional that the model meets the requirements of the method.
When calculating abatement, project proponents must also account for any interactive effects. An interactive effect is a flow-on change in emissions that occurs because of the implementation activities but are outside the modelling boundaries for the implementation.
More detailed information about the choices involved in developing a baseline emissions model and the steps involved in calculating abatement can be found in the ICER
simple method guide.
In addition to the reporting requirements of the Act and the Rule, the ICER method also sets out several method-specific requirements for offset reports.
For each implementation completed during the reporting period, additional reporting requirements include:
The additional information is only required if it is new or different from the information already provided in either the project application, or a previous offsets report.
Abatement reporting must also be consistent. You cannot remove implementations from the abatement calculations in reporting periods where they return negative abatement, and then reinstall those implementations in reporting periods where they return positive abatement. If an implementation is removed for a reporting period, it must continue to be removed for all future reporting periods.
In addition to the general monitoring requirements of the Act, ICER projects must meet specific monitoring requirements in the method. Sections 65 to 68 set out these requirements. Section 69 sets out requirements if a project proponent fails to monitor a parameter and allows the proponent to make a conservative estimate based on relevant data in some circumstances. The project proponent must take steps to minimise the time period for which an estimate is used.
In addition to the record-keeping requirements of the Act and the Rule, ICER projects must also meet the specific record-keeping requirements in the method. Sections 62 and 63 in the method explain that this includes records relating to:
Audits are an important requirement of the Emissions Reduction Fund and provide assurance over the integrity of ACCUs. All projects receive an audit schedule when the project is declared and must provide audit reports according to this schedule. A minimum of three audits will be scheduled and additional audits may be triggered, for example, if the net abatement amount for a reporting period is above a certain threshold.
For more information on the audit requirements, see the Act, the Rule and the
audit information on our website.
Specialist skills are required to carry out a project in accordance with the ICER method. The emissions models used in the ICER method must be developed using statistical regression or engineering-based modelling techniques and meet strict statistical requirements. Not all activities will be able to meet these statistical requirements even though the activity may reduce emissions.
As a result, the ICER method requires a complex understanding of statistics and measurement and verification techniques. The Clean Energy Regulator recommends that you seek the services of an accredited engineer or statistician, or a measurement and verification professional to design and assist in running the project. Drawing on professional expertise may enhance the design and operation of a project and assist in earning carbon credits.
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