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The Clean Energy Regulator is responsible for leading technical work to develop new Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) methods.
Following workshops with stakeholders in November 2020, we developed a framework to develop new methods through a co-design process –
documentasset:Co-designing methods - a framework for collaboration. This framework is subject to continuous improvement.
We co-design methods with industry, potential end-users, scientists and technical experts. This is achieved through co-design workshops and out-of-session engagement via email and bilateral meetings.
Once we develop draft methods, they are released by the ERAC for public consultation to ensure they are fit for purpose. The ERAC advises the Minister on whether draft methods meet the offsets integrity standards. On consideration of the ERAC's advice, the Minister decides whether to make methods as legislative instruments.
We have a KPI to develop methods within 12 months of work starting on them unless intractable scientific or technical issues emerge.
All new methods being developed are published on the
Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) website. You can also check out our Method consultations and development tracker page for more information.
We are also responsible for developing method variations. A variation is a change to an existing method, which may happen for a range of reasons, including to:
Methods being varied or methods under review are published on the
Department of Industry, Science and Resources website and our
method variations page provides additional information about how a method variation might affect an existing project.
The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (ERAC) advises the Minister for Climate Change and Energy as to whether a method should be made or varied based on whether it meets the offsets integrity standards found in the
Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011.
Read more about the
Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee.
The Method Advisory Panel is a group of experts with a broad range of experience brought together to work with us on ways to solve complex problems that emerge in the course of developing methods. The Panel's role is advisory and their expertise is sought in addition to broad consultation.
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