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Method development

26 October 2020
​ ERF

Methodology determinations (or methods) are legislative instruments that set out the rules for what emissions reduction activities are eligible under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). More information about what methods are available can be found on the choosing a project type page.

The Clean Energy Regulator is now responsible for developing ERF methods after this function was moved from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Prioritising methods

The Minister for Energy and Emissions Reductions determines the method development priorities with the support of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. Methods are prioritised considering:

  • the potential uptake of the method and the likely volume of reduced emissions,
  • whether the volume of emissions reduced can be estimated at an acceptable cost and to a reasonable degree of certainty,
  • whether it could have an adverse impact on society, the environment or the economy, and
  • whether it could be better supported by other government measurements.

How methods are developed

Once priorities are set, the Clean Energy Regulator develops methods in consultation with industry, potential end-users, scientists and technical experts and the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee.

Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee

The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee advises the Minister on whether a method should be made or varied based on whether they meet the offsets integrity standards found in the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011.

Consultation on methods

The Clean Energy Regulator consults on all new methods and methods under review to ensure they are fit for purpose and to assist the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee in forming their advice to the Minister.

All new methods being developed or methods under review are published on the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources website and the Clean Energy Regulator’s method consultation page.

Contact us

Email methoddevelopment@cleanenergyregulator.gov.au


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