Questionable integrity: non-additionality in the Emissions Reduction Fund’s Avoided Deforestation Method

Deforestation Carbon emissions Emissions reduction Emissions trading Australia

The Avoided Deforestation Method is responsible for more than 20 per cent of total Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) that have been issued under the Australian government’s Emissions Reduction Fund.

However, the method has significant integrity issues, and the ACCUs generated by avoided deforestation projects appear to represent non-additional abatement. This has implications for those purchasing ACCUs to meet climate targets, including the Australian government and the private sector.

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