Carbon credits for source separated organics – are you eligible?
The Department of the Environment has finally released a draft of the Source Separated Organic Waste Determination for public consultation today.
Generate ACCUs for diverting organic waste from landfill
The Source Separated Organics Method allows organisations to gain ACCU credits for activities that involve the diversion of organic material from landfill.
Abatement is calculated as the difference between the emissions that would have occurred had the waste gone to landfill (using a conservative estimate and accounting for gas capture at the landfill) and the emissions produced as a result of processing the organic waste. The method provides some flexibility in the way that emissions are calculated and can be as simple as knowing your tonnes and using default values.
The eligibility criteria are as follows:
|Proponents||Retail and hospitality outlets, industrial businesses, local councils, waste management companies and food charities.|
Key default values to be aware of
The methodology covers a range of discount factors and default value to take into consideration when planning a project. While very conservative, the existence of these default values will make it extremely easy for anyone to participate as ling as they have a good handle on their tonnes.
The method provides:
- The baseline emissions from landfill are discounted by the average landfill gas capture rate for the state. It you have a choice, go for NT, SA, QLd or WA first!
- Default waste composition in GO and FOGO bins:
- Default current Green Organics “Landfill diversion factor“ for each state
- And introduces a new concept to account for expected increase in BAU recycling rates called the “improvement Factor”
What does it mean for you?
For a project to be eligible under the Emissions Reduction Fund it must be:
- New (newness requirement) – the project must not have ‘begun’ before it has been registered with the CER;
- Beyond regulatory requirements (EPA requirements, planning, etc.); and
- Unlikely to receive funds from an alternative designated government programs
Activities which do not breach the Newness Requirement include conducting feasibility studies, obtaining regulatory approvals and consent, and conducting negotiations.
MRA strongly recommends that if you are planning to carry out any of the projects listed above within the next 5 years that you seek professional advice and register your project with the CER now – before you start – to avoid the risk of breaching the newness requirement and participate in the next ERF auction.
|Who?||Recommended next steps|
|Composter, AWT operator, PEF manufacturer etc.||
|Retail and hospitality outlets, industrial businesses, food charity||