The Plantation Forestry Methodology Determination, also known as the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) Plantation Forestry Method, provides a mechanism to increase carbon sequestration through either the establishment of a new plantation forest, conversion of a short-rotation plantation to a long-rotation plantation, or maintenance of a pre-existing plantation forest that meets the eligibility requirements of the method but was established under another determination.
Proponents who are considering undertaking a new plantation forest or an expansion of an existing plantation forest/s may consider seeking approval from the Clean Energy Regulator to declare the proposed project/s as an ERF project and generate Australian Carbon Credit Units.
New plantations are commonly established on land previously used for agriculture. To complement the eligibility requirements of the ERF Plantation Forestry Method, the Australian Government Minister responsible for Agriculture and Water Resources assesses whether a proposed project/s may lead to an undesirable impact on agricultural production in the region in which the project would be located. The requirement applies only to projects involving establishment of a new plantation forest (that is, a project that converts non-forest land to forest). The project could be a new project or the addition of land to an existing project as outlined in the explanatory statement.
In order to assess the potential for a proposed project to have undesirable impacts on agricultural production, anyone considering undertaking an ERF Plantation Forestry Project that converts non-forest land to forest is required to submit an ERF Plantation Notification to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The guidelines provide information on the requirements to complete a notification and the associated assessment process. These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the relevant legislation.
Where the Agriculture Minister determines that the project would have an undesirable impact on agricultural production in the region, the project is deemed ineligible.
A notification can be submitted on the same day or up to 18 months prior to submitting a project application to the Clean Energy Regulator.
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