Proposed amendments to the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Rule 2015 relating to ERF native forest regeneration

Closed 13 Sep 2018

Opened 13 Sep 2018

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Overview

The climate change function transferred to our department from the Department of the Environment and Energy on 1 February 2020.

The Australian Government is considering amendments to the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Rule 2015 to:

  • ensure the Clean Energy Regulator has the information necessary to assess compliance with requirements in Emissions Reduction Fund methods for native forest regeneration projects
  • provide clarity around the timeframes within which land under Emissions Reduction Fund regeneration methods must attain forest cover to obtain further carbon credits

The proposed amendments apply to the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) (Human-Induced Regeneration of a Permanent Even-Aged Native Forest—1.1) Methodology Determination 2013 (and its variants). This method provides opportunities for projects involving changes in land management to regenerate native forests. The proposed amendments also apply to any projects transferring from this method to the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) (Native Forest from Managed Regrowth) Methodology Determination 2013.

The draft rule amendment is supported by research undertaken by CSIRO on the relationship between biomass and canopy cover.

The proposed rule amendments align with the draft technical guidance on stratification, evidence and records for regeneration methods developed by the Clean Energy Regulator.

Public consultation

The Department of the Environment and Energy invited your views on the proposed amendments. The public consultation period closed on 13 September 2018.

Audiences

  • Emissions Reduction Fund

Interests

  • Climate Change
  • Emissions Reduction Fund