Federal Register of Legislation - Australian Government

Primary content

Determinations/Other as made
This determination amends the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Plantation Forestry) Methodology Determination 2017 to correct equations to provide an even distribution of crediting over time for areas undertaking the conversion project activity. The variation ensures the determination achieves its original intent of evenly apportioning the difference between net baseline and predicted long-term average project carbon stocks over time, for up to 15 years. The variation does not change how the difference between these carbon stocks is calculated.
Administered by: Environment and Energy
Registered 09 Jan 2020

Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Plantation Forestry) Methodology Determination Variation 2020

I, Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, make the following legislative instrument.

Dated            6 January 2020

 

      

Angus Taylor

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction


 

  

Contents

1  Name                                                                                                                                         3

2  Commencement                                                                                                                         3

3  Authority                                                                                                                                   3

4  Amendment of methodology determination                                                                               3

Schedule 1—Amendments of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Plantation Forestry) Methodology Determination 2017                                                         4


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1  Name

                   This is the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Plantation Forestry) Methodology Determinaton Variation 2020.

2  Commencement

                   This instrument commences on the day after it is registered.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under subsection 114(1) of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011.

4  Amendment of methodology determination

                   The Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Plantation Forestry) Methodology Determination 2017 is amended as set out in Schedule 1.

 



 

Schedule 1—Amendments of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Plantation Forestry) Methodology Determination 2017

[1]           Paragraph 13(1)(a)

                   After “plantation forest”, insert “after the eligibility date for the land”.

[2]           Subsection 13(3)

                   Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (3)  For this section, the eligibility date for land in the project area is:

                     (a)  if this determination (including an earlier version of this determination) applied to the land immediately after the declaration of a plantation forest project as an eligible offsets project—the date of the application under section 22 of the Act; and

                     (b)  if this determination (including an earlier version of this determination) first applied to the land immediately after an approval under section 130 of the Act—the date of the request under section 128 of the Act; and

                     (c)  if this determination (including an earlier version of this determination) first applied to the land immediately after a variation to a project area under section 29 of the Act—the date of the relevant application for a variation under section 29 of the Act.

[3]           Subsection 14(3)

                   Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (3)  For this section, the eligibility date for land in the project area is:

                     (a)  if this determination (including an earlier version of this determination) applied to the land immediately after the declaration of a plantation forest project as an eligible offsets project—the date of the application under section 22 of the Act; and

                     (b)  if this determination (including an earlier version of this determination) first applied to the land immediately after an approval under section 130 of the Act—the date of the request under section 128 of the Act; and

                     (c)  if this determination (including an earlier version of this determination) first applied to the land immediately after a variation to a project area under section 29 of the Act—the date of the relevant application for a variation under section 29 of the Act.

[4]           Paragraphs 15(a) and (b)

                   Repeal the paragraphs, substitute:

                     (a)  a plantation forest project is a pre‑existing project if:

                              (i)  this determination applies to it because of an approval under section 130 of the Act; and

                             (ii)  the determination that first applied to the project was not an earlier version of this determination; and

Note:    This will have required a request under section 128 of the Act.

                     (b)  the determination that applied to the project immediately before the application of this determination or an earlier version of this determination is the former determination for the project.

[5]           At the end of subsection 41(2)

                   Omit “for the ith”, substitute “for the ith”.

[6]           At the end of subsection 41(2)

                   Add:

             ; and (c)  the net baseline carbon stock for the CEA for the reporting period () (in tonnes CO2‑e) is calculated using equation 2A.

[7]           At the end of section 41

                   Add:

             (5)  For paragraph (2)(c), the equation is the following:

Equation 2A

                   where:

 is the baseline carbon stock (in tonnes CO2‑e) for the ith CEA—from equation 1.

 is the baseline emissions from biomass burning (in tonnes CO2‑e) for the ith CEA—from equation 2.

[8]           Subsection 45(2)

                   Repeal the subsection, substitute:

Carbon stock in ith CEA at end of reporting period—conversion CEA

             (2)  If the ith CEA is a conversion CEA, its carbon dioxide equivalent carbon stock at the end of the reporting period (CP,i) (in tonnes CO2‑e) is calculated using the following formula:

Equation 10

                   where:

 is the net baseline carbon stock for the ith CEA—from equation 2A.

n is:

                     (a)  if fewer than 180 months have been completed since the start of the first event described in paragraph 17(4)(a) or (b)—the number of months completed; and

                     (b)  otherwise—180.

 is the predicted long-term average project carbon stock for the modelling period for the ith CEA —from equation 4.

Note:          Essentially, the effect of this equation is to credit the proponent with 1/15 of the expected increase in the long-term average quantity of sequestered carbon in the CEA in each of the first 15 years of the project. In practice, the amounts credited are likely to vary slightly from one reporting period to the next because  and  are re-calculated for each reporting period, and the scenarios used in the calculations are modified to reflect events that occurred during the reporting period.  This recalculation may continue to produce adjustments after the initial period of 15 years. The calculation is done monthly to facilitate reporting more frequently than yearly.

[9]           Subsection 45(3) (definition of Eg,i,k)

                   Repeal the definition, substitute:

 is:

                     (a)  if the ith CEA is a conversion CEA—zero; and

                     (b)  otherwise—the mass of greenhouse gas  per unit area (in tonnes per hectare for methane and in kilograms per hectare for nitrous oxide) emitted due to biomass burning in the ith CEA in the kth month since the modelling start date from the project scenario simulation.