Review of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative - Alternative Waste Treatment) Methodology Determination 2015

Closed 17 Feb 2020

Opened 17 Feb 2020

Overview

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

The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee is conducting a periodic review and a crediting period extension review of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative - Alternative Waste Treatment) Methodology Determination 2015.

The Alternative Waste Treatment method credits the avoided methane emissions from decomposition of organic waste in landfills by diverting mixed solid waste otherwise destined for landfill to alternative waste treatment facilities.

The method allows three types of processing of the diverted waste:

  • enclosed composting
  • one or more anaerobic digesters and the transfer of biogas to a combustion device for destruction
  • process engineered fuel manufacture.

This review will investigate whether the method continues to comply with the six offsets integrity standards set out in section 133(1) of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011, and whether emissions reductions credited through the scheme remain genuine and additional.

The review will also consider whether the crediting period of projects registered under the methods should be extended under section 255A of the Act.

The Committee is undertaking public consultation to inform its review and invites interested businesses, industry, non-government organisations and individuals to make a submission.

Audiences

  • Emissions Reduction Fund

Interests

  • Climate Change
  • Emissions Reduction Fund
  • Emissions Reduction Fund methods