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Can I Participate?

The first step to conduct a Carbon Farming project is to review the Government approved rules that outline whether your farm or land can earn Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs).

These rules are called methods and they explain how to measure and calculate greenhouse gas emissions reductions from a range of different activities.

Methods set out the rules for undertaking activities under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) which earn ACCUs.

There are a variety of benefits other than earning carbon credits obtainable by conducting a Carbon Farming project which don’t require an applicable method.

Check out the resources available in the How Do I Participate section or see what other research and assistance is happening in your area in the Extension & Outreach section.


Find a Method

To start searching for methods which are suitable for you, select an industry type and then a select a land use or operation type. You can also use the search box to look for a specific method.

  • Alternative Waste Treatment

    This method provides an incentive to develop new alternative waste treatment (AWT) facilities, or expand existing AWT facilities to increase the capacity of waste that can be processed.

    AWT describes a range of activities that process mixed solid waste, waste that would have gone to landfill, into products (such as compost, fuel or biogas) and increase recovery of resources including plastics, glass and metals.

    The method allows for new, expansion and existing projects.

    New projects involve the construction of a new AWT facility to process eligible waste that would have gone to landfill and uses eligible waste treatment technology.
    Expansion projects involve increasing the capacity of eligible waste that an existing AWT facility is able to process. To have a project declared eligible you must have 24 months of evidence to determine the historic quantity of eligible waste processed (the baseline).
    Existing AWT projects can transition to the new method and continue to generate emissions reductions for processing waste that would have gone to landfill.
    More Details Fact Sheet Waste Diversion
  • Landfill gas

    The landfill gas method provides an incentive to install a new landfill gas collection system, upgrade an existing system or recommence operation of a system at a site where one has existed before but not operated for some time. Credits can be earned for waste accepted at the landfill facility after 30 June 2014.

    The method allows for new, recommencing, upgrade and transitioning projects.

    New projects are those that install a new landfill gas collection system where there has never been a system located on any part of the landfill previously.
    Recommencing projects are those that recommence operation of a landfill gas collection system at a site where a system previously operated, providing that both:

    a landfill gas capture system has not operated at the landfill after 24 April 2014, and
    a landfill gas capture system has not operated at the landfill for at least three years before an application for the project as an eligible offsets project is made.

    Upgrade projects are those that upgrade an existing and operating landfill gas collection system to increase the collection efficiency of the system. There are no restrictions on the type of activities that can be undertaken to improve the existing system's collection efficiency. Examples include upgrading the way landfill gas is collected by adding more wells, upgrading the capacity of the combustion devices or installing new software for optimising the operation of the system.

    More Details Fact Sheet Landfill Gas
  • Source Separated Organic Waste

    This method targets abatement from the millions of tonnes of organic waste which currently goes to landfill. To achieve this, the method incentivises activities which separate organic material from waste at the point of generation and divert it away from landfill. This waste is then treated by eligible alternative treatments (such as composting and biodigestion).

    More Details Fact Sheet Waste Diversion
  • Wastewater treatment

    This method sets out the requirements for implementing and monitoring offsets projects that avoid emissions by capturing and combusting the methane generated by wastewater treatment. This method credits destruction of methane generated from domestic, commercial or industrial wastewater. Industrial wastewater does not include wastewater generated during primary production (for example, piggery or dairy manure), but instead covers wastewater generated during the processing of primary products (for example, processing of pork or milk).

    The method provides an incentive for wastewater operators to replace deep open anaerobic lagoons with anaerobic digesters.

    More Details Fact Sheet Landfill Gas
Additional resources available Additional information and projects for Waste are available via the following links: Resources Extension and Outreach
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This website was developed and maintained by Climate Friendly under a grant from the Australian Government under the Carbon Farming Futures Extension and Outreach program.

The project was completed in June 2017 and this website will no longer be updated.
The information remains relevant and this website will remain live until June 2018.