Methodologies

Select Carbon projects are conducted according to specific Vegetation Methods approved by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER).

For a full list of all CER approved Carbon Farming Methodologies click here.

Some of the methods undertaken by Select Carbon include:

Human Induced Regeneration Method

A Human Induced Regeneration project involves establishing and maintaining permanent native forests on land that has previously been used for agricultural purposes through assisted regeneration to sequester carbon.

To be eligible for this method, native forest must be regenerated in an area that has been used for cropping or grazing for at least 10 years prior to the project. In addition to this, vegetation regeneration can occur only through natural seed sources.

As a sequestration activity, a Human Induced Regeneration project is subject to a permanence obligation. This means the project must be maintained ‘permanently’. The Emissions Reduction Fund allows sequestration projects to choose a permanence period of 25 or 100 years.

More information is available on the Clean Energy Regulator website here

Avoided Clearing Of Native Regrowth Method

An Avoided Clearing of Native Regrowth project involves retaining areas of native forest with the aim of reducing emissions associated with land clearing.

Carbon is stored in the forest’s trees as they grow instead of being released into the atmosphere upon felling, resulting in a reduction of the amount of greenhouse gas entering the atmosphere. The carbon stored in these trees is called ‘carbon stock’, and the overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as a result of an Avoided Clearing project is called an ‘abatement’. This method utilises historical data for evidence of the clearing that would have normally otherwise occurred.

As a sequestration activity, an Avoided Clearing project is subject to a permanence obligation. This means the project must be maintained ‘permanently’. The Emissions Reduction Fund allows sequestration projects to choose a permanence period of 25 or 100 years.

More information is available on the Clean Energy Regulator website here

Measurement Based Methods for New Farm Forestry Plantations Method

This methodology provides measures for estimating abatement achieved through carbon sequestration from permanent plantings or for-harvest plantings on land previously managed for agricultural purposes and clear of forest.

These projects must establish and maintain either a permanent planting, a new farm forestry plantation or a forestry project accredited under the Greenhouse Friendly initiative.

More information is available on the Clean Energy Regulator Website here

Reforestation and Afforestation Method

This method requires a permanent planting that has sufficient planting density so that the land on which the trees are planted has the potential to achieve forest cover.

Eligible land must have been used for grazing or cropping; fallow between grazing or cropping activities; or a combination of both, for at least five years prior to the project registration date.

More information is available on the Clean Energy Regulator Website here

Reforestation by Environmental or Mallee Plantings Method

The methodology generates abatement from the sequestration of carbon dioxide from the permanent plantings of native mixed species environmental plantings or mallee plantings. Abatement is calculated using output data from the Full Carbon Accounting Model (FullCAM).

Eligible land must for at least five years prior to commencement be clear of forest cover and not contain woody vegetation or an invasive native scrub species that need to be cleared in order for planting to occur, other than known weed species required or authorised by law to be cleared.

More information is available on the Clean Energy Regulator Website here

Savanna Fire Management Method

The method reduces greenhouse gas emissions through fire management in the early dry season in northern savannas, aimed at reducing the incidence and extent of larger, higher intensity late dry season fires. The method uses rainfall maps to show eligible land areas and provides for a tool to be used to complete calculations.

Eligible project areas must be located in one or both of the rainfall zones and contain vegetation fuel types defined in the method. The rainfall zones are defined by maps available on the Department’s website.

More information is available on the Clean Energy Regulator Website here

Designated Verified Carbon Standard Projects

The draft method applies only to forest management projects previously approved under the Verified Carbon Standard, a voluntary international carbon offsets program.

More information is available on the Clean Energy Regulator Website here

 

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