Carbon Farming: approved and proposed methodologies for carbon-offset projects

Page last updated: Monday, 16 May 2022 - 1:35pm

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Anyone wanting to undertake a carbon farming project to sell carbon offsets has to use an approved methodology to account for the carbon sequestered. Project methodologies set out how the project will be undertaken and how the abatement will be estimated (or measured) and reported.


Methodologies must be based on credible science and ensure that credits are only issued for genuine and additional reductions in greenhouse gases.

The Australian Department of Industries, Science, Energy and Resources is responsible for development of methodologies, with input from stakeholders and technical working groups. Before they can be used, methodologies must be assessed by the Emissions Reductions Assurance Committee (ERAC) and approved by the Minister for the Environment. 

Information on method development and a list of current approved methodologies can be found on the Australian Department of Industries, Science, Energy and Resources website.

Information on using methodologies and participating in the Emmissions Reduction Fund is available from the the Clean Energy Regulator website.

Further Information

Information about how to set up a carbon farming project, the ERF methods, ACCUs and co-benefits can be found on DPIRD's CF-LRP Resources page

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