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AMPC Introduces Handbook on Emissions Reduction


The Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) has unveiled a handbook dedicated to emissions reduction as a component of its strategic sustainability initiative. This release coincides with the corporation’s ongoing project to generate Australian Carbon Credits (ACCUs) in collaboration with a Queensland-based red meat processor.

This processor is set to incorporate a 15MW biomass boiler, marking its shift towards greener energy. The ACCUs are being formulated in line with the government-sanctioned Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) methodology.


Matthew Deegan, AMPC’s Program Manager, elaborated on the handbook’s foundation, which is built upon the Queensland processor’s case study.

He expressed that the handbook aims to provide processors with a comprehensive understanding of ACCUs, the intricacies of ERF methodologies, eligibility prerequisites, funding avenues, and suitable project categories.

This knowledge will empower processors to navigate the ERF’s complexities adeptly, securing funding to facilitate comprehensive adoption.

The meat processing sector’s recent transition from coal to bioenergy, now its third primary energy source, underscores the timeliness of this publication. AMPC’s pilot bioenergy schemes have played a pivotal role in bolstering the industry’s confidence in alternative energy solutions.

Handbook Highlights

The handbook offers many insights, guidelines, and pragmatic details to help users navigate the ERF and execute successful emissions reduction projects. It:

  • Provides an overview of the ERF’s objectives and context concerning the meat processing sector.
  • Details the meat processing industry’s role within the broader emissions reduction framework.
  • Explains the ERF’s eligibility criteria and funding mechanisms.
  • Explores diverse project types and guidelines, aiding readers in pinpointing suitable avenues for their emissions reduction endeavours.
  • Features a comprehensive guide on the application process, including step-by-step directives.
  • Emphasises the significance of effective monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) for the and success of ERF projects.
  • Discusses financial challenges, technical complexities, measurement and verification nuances, regulatory and policy shifts, market volatility, demand fluctuations, and the importance of stakeholder engagement and societal acceptance.
  • Incorporates a case study on the Queensland processor’s biomass boiler initiative, offering practical insights and lessons from a real-world ERF project.

The AMPC Emissions Reduction Fund Handbook is designed to equip stakeholders in the red meat processing sector with the knowledge, guidance, and practical advice to navigate the Emissions Reduction Fund proficiently.

The handbook is available for download on the AMPC website.