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Developing methods

17 June 2022

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 Industry, Science, Energy and Resources website. You can also check out our Method consultations and development tracker page for more information.

Method variations

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:

  • expand the scope of a method to add new activities or improve usability
  • implement an ERAC decision to extend the crediting period of a method following a statutory review process
  • implement the findings of an ERAC periodic review of a method
  • ensure methods continue to operate as originally intended
  • account for technological advances that enable new measurement approaches.

Methods being varied or methods under review are published on the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources website and our Consultation hub.

Our method variations page provides additional information about how a method variation might affect an existing project.

Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee

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.

Method Advisory Panel

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.

Contact us

Email methoddevelopment@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au.


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