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What does an aviation project look like?

What does an aviation project look like?

    An aviation project only covers aircraft undertaking domestic flights within Australia. International flights are excluded from a project.

    A project must involve implementing emissions reduction activities on at least one aircraft. The method is flexible, in that you are free to choose the activities you wish to implement, provided they fall into at least one of the following categories:

    • modifying existing aircraft
    • changing the energy source or the mix of energy sources used by aircraft
    • changing operational practices in relation to aircraft.

    Each activity you undertake must be reasonably expected to reduce emissions from the aircraft, or from its auxiliary equipment. Auxiliary equipment includes vehicles or other mobile equipment used to help power or operate the aircraft, such as tugs, tractors or ground power units.

    Examples of the types of activities that could be undertaken in an aviation project include:

    • replacing on-board components with lighter-weight alternatives
    • altering aircraft structure to improve aerodynamics
    • increasing the use of bio-derived jet fuel
    • installing ground power units or eligible renewable electricity generation equipment to power aircraft and its auxiliary equipment
    • changing terminal procedures to shorten taxi length or duration.

    Details of what is required for an aviation project to be considered eligible by the Clean Energy Regulator are in Parts 2 and 3 of the method.

    Setting up and running an aviation project

    How an aviation project is set up and run is critical for calculating the amount of emissions avoided as a result of a project, which in turn determines the amount of abatement that has occurred and how many ACCUs may be issued for a project. Parts 2, 3 and 4 of the method describe in detail how to set up a project and how to calculate the volume of emissions avoided, as well as the net abatement that has occurred.

    Calculating abatement

    Part 4 of the method and explanatory statement describe in detail how to calculate the net abatement that has occurred. Many calculations may need to be conducted to determine how much abatement your project has achieved in each reporting period. The parameters in each equation are worked out through additional equations, default values or direct project monitoring undertaken in accordance with the method.

    The equation flow chart in Figure 2 gives an overview of the equations that may be used to calculate net abatement for each reporting period.

    Figure 2 is produced for general information only and does not represent a statement of the policy of the Commonwealth of Australia. The Commonwealth of Australia and all persons acting for the Commonwealth preparing this graphic accept no liability for the accuracy of or inferences from the material contained in this publication, or for any action as a result of any person’s or group’s interpretations, deductions, conclusions or actions in relying on this material. It should be read in conjunction with the CFI Act and supporting Regulations. Changes to the legislation may affect the information in this graphic. This graphic is not intended to provide legal advice. Entities are responsible for determining their obligations under the law and for applying the law to their individual circumstances. Entities should seek independent professional advice if they have any concerns.

    Figure 2 – Aviation method equation flow chart

    Click on image to enlarge

    Image is a flow chart of the aviation method equation as described above

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