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Price on Carbon Imminent - are Councils Ready? 

With the advent of the price on carbon comes risk and opportunity for Councils: 

  • Risk of having to pay for emissions due to tripping the 25 000 tonne emissions liability level.  Future risk of unfunded tax liability

  • Opportunity to ‘offset’ emissions using the Carbon Farming Initiative for legacy load

  • Grants and other funding opportunities under the Clean Energy Future Policy

However, this area is new and requires specialist knowledge to navigate the language and rules and regulations. The opportunities and risks need to be assessed and balanced for optimum results.

  • Should Council invest in methane reduction techniques? 

  • Should Council just to pay the price on carbon?

  • How can Council ensure it stays under the 25 000 tonne threshold?  

  • How can Council earn carbon credits in other areas?   

For Councils and businesses committed to sustainability, this new area needs careful consideration and all areas need to be investigated. Risk mitigation strategies need to be implemented. 

What is the Carbon Farming Initiative? 

The CFI is a Land Based Trading Opportunity. It covers 3 greenhouse gases - CO2e, methane and nitrous oxide. Reductions in all or any of these, done according to the rules and regulations set down in the legislation can earn ‘carbon credits’.

  • Council’s largest emissions are landfill methane. Conversion of landfill methane to CO2e is able to ‘offset’ those emissions for legacy emissions. There may also be electricity generated

  • However, this is NOT the only opportunity - Other potentials lie in tree planting, reduction of nitrogenous fertilizers and ultimately soil improvement as well. Do these areas provide an opportunity? 

Any investigation which looks solely at Councils Landfill will miss the full opportunity. 

Is there other support available?

With the advent of the price on carbon comes a huge commitment from the Government to support the transition. There are many and varied Grants and programs developed and in development. 

An Efficient Carbon Strategy for Councils will encompass knowledge of various programs including:

  • Community Energy Efficiency Program

  • Expanded Low Carbon Communities program

  • Energy Efficiency Information Grants – (Hunter Region Business Chamber recently successful in achieving $1 million) 

  • Indigenous Carbon Farming Fund 

  • The Land Sector Package - Associated with the Carbon Farming Initiative and worth $1.7billion over 6 years 

  • And others

Carbon Market Services can outline how these can be accessed.

What will Carbon Farming Systems do for Councils?

We will: 
  • Collect data needed to calculate Councils ‘carbon footprint’ to Government requirements. 

  • Determine the likelihood of tripping a liability to the carbon tax

  • Seek further information to determine ability to offset the tax, or to earn carbon credits if the tax is not tripped.

  • Investigate alternatives - Best practice mitigation/adaptation

  • Provide recommendations

  • Calculate approximate costs of best 2 options

Other optional Council services include:
  • Undertake investigation on being first Regional Council to go ‘Carbon Neutral’

  • Training for stakeholders/staff in the Clean Energy Futures Policy, Carbon Farming Initiative and available grants programs under the system 

  • Develop on-going strategy and templates to ensure compliance in the future.   Set up annual Review system

  • Mount ‘Carbon Conscious’ communications campaign to engage internal/external stakeholders 

Who is Carbon Market Services?

Carbon Market Services For Councils has been established by the Founding Conveners of the Carbon Coalition (est. 2005), the organisers of the Carbon Farming Conference & Expo (established 2007), publishers of the Carbon Farming Handbook (established 2009), and principals of Carbon Farmers of Australia. (2006). 

They have a unique combination of skillsets and experience: woolgrowers and carbon farmers, marketing consultants, soil carbon issues management, soil carbon markets development, and event management and publishing.

Why Carbon Market Services?
  • We offer he only integrated approach with Regional Prosperity at the heart of the solution

  • We build in our own redundancy by empowering Council to understand how to move forward in a template approach

  • Council has a chance to become known as a centre of excellence in this new area when partnered with Carbon Market Services

  • Extensive knowledge of potentials in Regional Australia regards to the Clean Energy Policy

  • Regionally based. Focussed on Regional Success   

Our Experience:
  • Guided First Dubbo Company to go Carbon Neutral

  • Only Regionally based full -time carbon trading and development company

  • Only company Committed to Leveraging the Carbon Markets for Regional Prosperity- not just business success

  • Intimate knowledge of the Carbon Farming Initiative

  • As CFA, are active in the CFI as:

    • Methodology Proponents

    • Trainers

    • Practitioners on farm

    • Project Developers      

    • Assisting Innovators to become accepted.        

  • Alliance with large waste management companies.  

  • Organised and mounted the Carbon Farming Conference and Expo, now in its 6th year. Last 3 years in Dubbo. (after the 2012 edition)

  • Now also organizing the inaugural   Regional Carbon Market Summit. Dubbo July 25, 26th

  • Publishers of the only private Carbon Farming Handbook

  • Organise Carbon Cocky Awards