Our CFI Methodology

A key milestone for a group coordinated by the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre was met on 25 June 2013 when the Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation enacted the group’s first measurement-based methodology for reforestation.

This first methodology has been determined as Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) (Reforestation and Afforestation—1.2) Methodology Determination 2013, and registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments for use by Carbon Farming Initiative participants.

This methodology allows a wider range of projects to generate Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) than previous measurement- based methodologies. One principal reason is that the methodology allows proponents to conservatively estimate the amount of carbon stored below ground rather than requiring expensive root excavation work.

A second measurement-based methodology for reforestation, which will include the capacity to harvest the biomass, is currently being developed by the group. We believe that the ability to allow harvest for bioenergy of Fares Rural’s and other planted forests will provide further long term benefits to rural Australia.

We also work with other tree-based methodologies within the CFI such as the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) (Avoided Deforestation) Methodology Determination 2013 and the simple model-based methodologies for permanent tree plantings.