Eligible landfill gas generators may also receive
Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) for the reduction of methane greenhouse gases.
The owners or operators (proponents) of landfill gas sites in Australia can apply to the Clean Energy Regulator to have their offset's project to capture and combust methane from legacy waste—waste deposited before 1 July 2012 (section 27 of the
Carbon Credits Act 2011).
There are a range of criteria that an offsets project must satisfy, including that the project is covered by an approved methodology and passes the additionality test.
A project passes the additionality test if:
Once the project has been declared eligible, the proponent can submit an offsets report (including accompanying audit report) on its activities and apply for ACCUs. The number of ACCUs the project is eligible for will be calculated in accordance with the methodology and guidelines for the relevant reporting period.
The Clean Energy Regular has approved seven applications for the accreditation of power stations using waste coal mine gas as an eligible energy source, under the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target.
Under regulation 5A of the
Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001, the Clean Energy Regulator has determined the waste coal mine gas limit for these accredited power stations until 31 December 2020, as detailed in the table below.
Learn about the
redistribution of waste coal mine gas limits .
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