Climate Solutions Fund – Emissions Reduction Fund

Helping organisations adopt low carbon practices and technologies

Pangolin Associates Forestry Project NSW. Auditors in field.
Our auditors on site: Dr Samuel Phua and Dr Sunil Sharma

The Australian Government supports new greenhouse gas reduction and energy efficiency projects through the Climate Solutions Fund – Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).

As well as providing an income, an approved Climate Solutions Fund project creates carbon credits (ACCUs).

Our forestry specialists provide these services, as well as services for separate government initiatives, such as NGER and Climate Active (formerly NCOS).

How the Climate Solutions Fund (ERF) scheme works

There is $2.55 billion in Government funding available for approved projects through the scheme which involves a reverse auction. * Find the next auction dates below.

The fund focuses on 3 elements:

  1. Crediting emissions reductions.
  2. Purchasing emissions reductions through a reverse auction.
  3. Safeguarding emissions reductions.

How Pangolin can assist with Climate Solutions Fund (ERF) projects

We assist with new project applications, as well as the specific requirements once approved.

  • We help prepare new project auction bid submissions. Usually this involves a comprehensive Energy Audit and / or Greenhouse Gas Assessment (carbon footprint).
  • Pangolin auditors prepare annual measurement and verification (M & V) analysis to calculate savings and emissions reductions. This is necessary to ensure you meet the fund’s obligations.
  • We provide mandatory audit services, often part of a contractual agreement, or as specified by the Clean Energy Regulator, the entity overseeing administrative Climate Solutions Fund (ERF) tasks. NGER registered auditors must conduct mandatory audits.
  • We also assist with the Safeguard Mechanism for organisations emitting more than 100,000 tonnes per annum.

Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) services under the Climate Solutions Fund

The fund incorporates abatement projects such as the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). Pangolin works with landowners and project owners across Australia supplying auditing and assurance services for CFI abatement certification.

Additional projects

Along with existing Carbon Farming Initiatives, other approved projects include:

  • Commercial buildings,
  • Alternative waste treatment,
  • Landfill gas,
  • Transport (land, sea and aviation),
  • Coal mine waste gas,
  • Avoided clearing of native regrowth.

Process summary

  • Register your new project with the Clean Energy Regulator’
  • Provide an emissions abatement estimate for the coming 7 years’
  • Register for an auction.

For successful bids:

  • Proceed with your approved project and report as required,
  • Provide carbon abatement as per the agreed timeline.

Your organisation will receive reimbursement from the Clean Energy Regulator. Talk to us about your project.

Find information on forms and resources (Clean Energy Regulator)

Forms and resource information is available on the Clean Energy Regulator’s website. Find information on applications, auctions and contracts, reporting and auditing, and more.

Related services

Emissions from high intensity manufacturing industry. Pangolin Associates provides NGER services for businesses required to report emissions annually.


Are you reporting on energy and emissions? Our Registered Greenhouse & Energy Auditors help you prepare your report, or provide verification and assurance.

Pangolin Associates carbon footprint services, including air travel and much more.

Carbon Footprint

Measure then act. Our GHG Assessments calculate your emissions in detail. We’ll provide a comprehensive report and help you reach your targets, or meet liabilities.

Pangolin Associates: Safeguard Mechanism services ensure successful ERF projects. (Image: Australian power plant and pollution.)

Safeguard Mechanism

Ensure that purchased emissions reductions, or successful ERF auction projects, are not offset by higher than business-as-usual levels. Stay within baseline levels.

Next Climate Solutions Fund auction is coming

Important dates:

  • The eleventh Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) auction is on 9–10 September 2020.
  • Note: the Clean Energy Regulator will release updated optional delivery contract and auction guidelines in time for this auction. Check back with us, or go to the CER website.

Good to know about us:

  • We also assist with the ERF’s Safeguard Mechanism for organisations emitting more than 100,000 tonnes per annum. Read more here.
  • The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) engages Pangolin Associates regularly to conduct audits of projects on their behalf.