How to Reduce Emissions for Transport  and Trucking Operators

We can provide a plain english introduction to The ERF Methodology to earn credits from reductions in emissions intensity from Transport.

Background

The transport sector represents 15 per cent of Australia’s annual emissions and offers potential for emissions reductions across the range of transport modes and vehicle categories, including light and heavy vehicles, air, rail and sea.

This method  allows for crediting emissions reductions achieved through a reduction in the emissions intensity of transportation (i.e. emissions per unit of transportation service).

The Method Determination includes different emissions intensity service units to reflect the different types of services that vehicle categories provide, for example, passenger-kilometre (pkm) or tonne-kilometre (tkm).

Along with road, rail, air and sea transport, the method provides for crediting emissions reductions from mobile equipment (for example, mining trucks or agricultural machinery).

The methodology  provides for crediting emissions reductions based on changes to emissions intensity rather than changes to absolute emissions.

It is  activity neutral to support a broad range of activities to reduce emissions intensity within the transport sector, including:

  • replacing existing vehicles
  • modifying existing vehicles;
  • changing energy sources (that is, fuel switching) or the mix of energy sources; and
  • changing operational practices.
  • Overview of gases accounted for in abatement calculations
  • The emission sources which need to be taken into account when calculating abatement for the project are the carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) from fuel combustion for transport purposes, and scope 2 emissions from electricity when it is used as a transport fuel.

Projects must have data from previous years

  • Proponents must have the data from previous years that is required in the calculation of carbon dioxide equivalent net abatement amount.
  • There are requirements for record keeping.
  • There is a requirement for audit.

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