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Early dry season savanna burning


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2 October 2013

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Carbon Farming Initiative workshop: from
Plan to Practice


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Early dry season savanna burning


Darwin, 2 October 2013

These slides are also available in PDF format on the
Clean Energy Regulator website
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http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/Carbon
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Farming
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Initiative/Reports
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and
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publications/Pages/default.aspx









Early dry season savanna burning


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Welcome



Introductions



Housekeeping

Workshop
purpose



Support your participation



Help you to understand what's involved



Hear from other organisations and experts

Session 1


Savanna burning and the Carbon Farming Initiative



Clean Energy Regulator


Information about the Carbon Farming Initiative and h
ow to
implement a compliant savanna burning project



Indigenous Land Corporation


the Fish River project

Introduction

Purpose
:



Understand key concepts behind the Carbon Farming Initiative’s design



Understand Clean Energy Regulator’s role

Carbon Farming
Initiative overview



Voluntary offsets scheme



Project proponents earn Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) by:

»

storing carbon, or

»

reducing greenhouse gas emissions on the land



Underpinned by legislation



Each ACCU = one tonne of carbon dioxide equival
ent (CO
2
-
e)



ACCUs can be used by liable entities to meet their obligations under Australia’s carbon
pricing mechanism or sold to the voluntary market









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Legislative framework for the CFI


Methodology determinations

Methodology determinations s
et out the
rules for undertaking a specific acti
vity to earn
Australian carbon
credit units
.

Clean Energy Regulator

Our vision is to support Australia in transitioning to a low carbon economy through an
informed and efficient market for carbon and investment in renew
able energy.









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Seven steps to participating


Getting started


pre planning



Check your eligibility



Assess the feasibility



Check your expectation for return on investment









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Decide on your business model

Consider your options carefully, get independent,
professional advice and ask questions
relevant to your own situation.

Do you have the legal right?



You must show the Regulator evidence that you have the legal right to conduct a
savanna burning project



Legal rights include all permissions required to con
duct the activity



Seek legal advice



Evidence can be copies of letters or contracts showing that legal right has been given to
you

Step 1


Recognised offsets entity


Essential to be part of the Carbon Farming Initiative and issued with Australian carbon

credit units



Open an ANREU Account

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fit and proper person test

»

proof of identity test



Centrally processed, case officer allocated

Tip: ask us to make sure you provide the right documentation applicable to your
entity type

Step 2


Eligible Offsets
Project



Describes how your project is eligible to participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative



Checked by the Clean Energy Regulator to make sure your plans meet the Carbon
Farming Initiative rules



Processed by Carbon Farming team, new case officer









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Guid
e to undertaking a savanna burning project

Purpose
:



Support your decision to participate in the Carbon Farming Initiative using the Savanna
Burning methodology determination(s).

What does a savanna burning project look like?



Strategic early dry season fir
e management to reduce emissions



In an area receiving more than 1000mm long
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term average rainfall



Vegetation one of four specific vegetation classes



Does not use other methods to reduce the fire area

Why participate?

Early dry season burning can:



Soci
al, cultural and environmental benefits for indigenous land holders



Maintain the productive potential of the land



Conserve biodiversity



Help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Step 3


undertaking a savanna burning project

1.

Define Project Periods

2.

Develop vegetation maps

3.

Source or develop fire maps

4.

Determine the start of the late dry season and conduct early dry season burning

5.

Calculate Baseline

6.

Calculate abatement

7.

Record Fuel used to establish and manage the project

8.

Calculate net annual green
house gas abatement

9.

Prepare and submit audit and offsets report

Undertaking a savanna burning project

1.

Define Project Periods

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Project and reporting period









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Baseline period

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Fuel Estimation period

2.

Develop vegetation maps

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I
dentify and map project area

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V
alidate maps

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Calculate the area of each vegetation class

3.

3.Source or develop fire maps

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From NAFI or validate

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Monthly fire maps

»

Seasonal fire maps

4.

Determine the start of the late dry season and conduct early dry season burning

»

Methodology determinati
ons allow for regions with specific start dates to be
established

»

Currently 31 August for all regions

5.

Calculate Baseline

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Fire scar area in EDS and LDS for each veg class

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Determine fire scar area in raster format

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Convert values into hectares


The
baseline represents what would happen in the absence of the project.









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6.

Calculate abatement

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Identify your greenhouse gas assessment boundary

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Calculate annual fire emissions

7.

Record Fuel used to establish and manage the project

8.

Calculate net annual greenhou
se gas abatement

»

Determine total annual project emissions

»

Determine net annual project abatement

»

9 equations using the data gathered

Example: Equation 1


calculating annual fire emissions


9.

Prepare and submit audit and offsets report

»

Record keeping a
nd monitoring

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Project record keeping

»

Reporting periods

»

Project offsets report

Monitoring and record keeping



Have a monitoring plan in place before you start



Collect information and record from the start of your project



Set up controls and processes









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Monitoring and record keeping are critical for your project reporting and to earn
Australian carbon credit units.

Will you be able to protect your data in an unforeseen event?




Make and keep records of:

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All maps, data sets and mapping products

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Evidence

of validation of vegetation map

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EDS burning activities during the project reporting period including location, timing
and method of prescribed burns

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Fuel use (receipts and logs)

Step 4


audit report

Provides a ‘reasonable assurance’ opinion on whether

or not your project complies with the
methodology determination and Carbon Farming legislation

Step 5


Certificate of Entitlement and offsets report



Applications for Australian carbon credit units are made at the same time as you submit
your offsets and
audit reports.



You can choose when to report and apply for credits, within the one to five year period.



Good record keeping is essential to your report and audit.

Current state of the Carbon Farming Initiative

180 Recognised offsets entities (ROEs)
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bu
sinesses and individuals
at

16 September 2013









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Current participation in the Carbon Farming Initiative

86 eligible offsets projects at 16 September 2013









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Australian carbon credit units

1,962,675 ACCUs issued to 13 proponents for 25 projects (as at 16

September 2013)


Question and Answer panel



Introduction to the Carbon Farming Initiative and Clean Energy Regulator



Guide to undertaking a savanna burning project