DATE: 7 - 10 July 2015

       








"Given me a much better understanding of the whole carbon marketing system"

Speakers' Program

2-Day SPEAKERS’ PROGRAM


This 2-Day Program is just part of the
2015 National Carbon Farming Conference 4 day Event

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This Conference has innovation as a cornerstone.
Over the past 10 years Louisa and Michael Kiely, Directors of Carbon Farmers of Australia
have been ‘thinking outside the square’ to bring new solutions to difficult problems.

We continue with this tradition. This program is once again packed with the New and Innovative.



• 2015 JOURNEY TO A CARBON CREDIT • THE DIRECT ACTION PLAN 
• EMISSIONS REDUCTION FUND (ERF) 
• RELEVANCE FOR RURAL and REGIONAL AUSTRALIA


DAY ONE – WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY 2015
JOURNEY TO A CARBON CREDIT. 
THE DIRECT ACTION PLAN, EMISSIONS REDUCTION FUND (ERF) AND ITS RELEVANCE FOR REGIONAL AUSTRALIA.

7.30 - 9.00am REGISTRATION OPENS AT 7.30AM FOR TEA/COFFEE AND NETWORKING
9.00am Sharp!
  • Acknowledgement to Country 
  • Welcome to City 
  • Welcome to delegates by our Session Moderator: Louisa Kiely, Director of Carbon Farmers of Australia 

Session 1
SETTING THE SCENE - POLICY MECHANISMS

Today we start with the Mechanics of the Carbon Trade - In Plain English we will discuss the What, When, Where and HOW to be involved to earn a Carbon Dollar

9:15 – 9:30am
CARBON FARMING AND DIRECT ACTION:

A new Government, a new Policy- first round of the ERF has seen $660 Million being paid for carbon abatement – Where do we go now?

  • Direct Action and the Emissions Reduction Fund - What does it mean for Rural and Regional Australia? 
  • How do we make sure that its not just for the ‘big city’ folk now? 
  • Which aspects have been streamlined?
  • Support for the Land Sector 

Speaker: The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment & Federal Member for Flinders.
By Pre record - (Minister Hunt will be in Bonn)

9:30 -10:00am
OVERVIEW OF CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY AROUND THE WORLD

What is happening to limit temperature increases overseas and does it matter?

  • What are the ‘big players’ doing? China, USA? 
  • What will the Paris Climate Talks bring? 
  • What happens to this policy if the Government changes? 
  • What policy frameworks does the Australia Government need to implement so business can capitalize on the transition to a low carbon economy?

Speaker Peter Castellas: CEO Carbon Market Institute.
The CMI is the peak body representing stakeholders in the Australia Carbon Markets.

10:00 – 10:30am
OUTLINE OF THE EMISSIONS REDUCTION FUND AND AUCTION PROCESS. HOW DOES IT WORK?

Thinking of applying to participate in the Emissions Reduction Fund? Hear first-hand from the Clean Energy Regulator about the steps involved in participating in the Emissions Reduction Fund.

This presentation will cover:
  • What is the Emissions Reduction Fund?
  • How does it work?
  • Opportunities for the land and agricultural sectors
  • How can you get involved?

Speaker: Raphael Wood - Manager, Markets and Metrics, Clean Energy Regulator
10:30 – 11:00am
LETS TALK ‘METHODS’ THE ENGINE ROOM OF A CARBON PROJECT
  • The Carbon Markets world wide rely on a mechanism called a ‘method’ 
  • What is a ‘method’ and how does it work? 
  • Methods look complex. How do I navigate them? 
  • What are ‘integrity standards’ and why do we need them?
  • Difference between a 25 year and 100 year sequestration project. 
  • Some methods have calculators to help. 
  • Can I do it alone, or do I need help? 

Speaker: Ignatius Verbeek – Director & COO of CarbonLink

Ignatius has been involved in extensive research in agricultural and soil carbon measurement techniques. He has helped to develop the Cell Grazing Method.

11:00 - 11:30am
MORNING TEA IS SERVED IN THE EXHIBITION AREA.

SESSION TWO:
MARKET MECHANICS

Making the Carbon Markets work for you.
11:30 – 12:00pm
NOW WE UNDERSTAND THE MECHANISM, WE CAN EXPLORE STEPS TO A PROJECT.
  • OK so we’ve identified a method, what next? 
  • There are several steps to a project.
  • We need to explore each one as the process is new and complex at first. 
  • Steps to a project. From idea to approved project. 
  • More details of how to apply for a project will be explored in the Advanced Workshop. 

Speaker: Matthew Warnken – Managing Director Corporate Carbon

Corporate Carbon works with businesses, partners and investors to deliver commercial value from greenhouse gas abatement projects and from managing energy and emissions. They were successful in the first round of the ERF.

12:00 – 12:30pm
NAVIGATING THE LEGAL MINEFIELD

As you may be dealing with ‘project developers’ you will want to get independent advice about any legal issues surrounding your project
  • What might be the legal advice you may need around a project?
  • What is the difference between a lease, licence or access agreement or other forms of contract?
  • Make sure you are protected. 

Dr Dru Marsh: Lander and Rogers Lawyers.

Dru recently completed a PhD in soil carbon sequestration and has over 10 years' experience in environmental risk management, including 5 years as a technical consultant with various national risk management firms and three years in the HSE group of a large international law firm

12:30 – 1:00pm
SELLING OUR CARBON CREDITS OUTSIDE OF THE ERF.
  • Outside of the ERF there is no minimum bid. 
  • Once you ‘earn’ a credit, the ERF is NOT the only way to sell. 
  • Creative Farmers are selling Direct all over the place now. Could I sell my carbon direct to a polluter, or to others? 
  • ‘Adopt a Farmer Fighting Greenhouse’ and other ideas for Direct Marketing. 

Speaker: Michael Kiely – Director Carbon Farmers of Australia (CFA)

Michael is a Director of Carbon Farmers of Australia. CFA has lobbied for Farmers to be paid for the carbon they can save and store for 10 years now. CFA is a project developer under the ERF and holds an Australian Financial Services Licence. Michael has 35 years Direct Marketing experience.

1:00 – 2:00pm
LUNCH IS SERVED IN THE EXHIBITION AREA

SESSION THREE:
LOOKING DEEPER
Now we know the basics, let’s go deeper into the mechanics!
2:00 – 2:30pm
WHAT’S THIS ABOUT ‘AGGREGATION’?
How do we JOIN WITH OTHERS in an Emissions Reduction Fund bid to make a bigger bid?

  • The ERF Fund is designed for large bids. 
  • Cost efficiencies are to be made. 
  • Landcare and other NRM groups could take this function to provide a new income stream
  • But what are the risks and return potentials? 
  • How does it work? 
  • The regulatory/legal requirements for aggregators.
  • The pros/cons to aggregation.
  • Some examples of aggregation in action. 
  • Farming Aggregation. 

Speaker: Dermot Duncan - Greenbank Environmental.

In House Counsel and Head of Carbon Markets, Dermot has 14 years international and domestic legal experience in the clean energy sector. He holds a Masters of Environmental Law from Sydney University where he focused on financing clean energy and carbon projects.

2:30 – 3:00pm
WHAT ABOUT AN AUDIT/REPORTING PROCESS?

  • Who makes sure you are reporting accurately your reductions?
  • How does the Audit regime work in the ERF? 
  • How do you keep the costs down? 

Speaker: Andrew Gunst – Director Carbon Intel.

Andrew is one of the few Registered National Greenhouse and Energy Auditors registered in all five available categories. He has audited several CFI and ERF projects.

3:00 – 3:30pm
LET’S PUT IN A BID TO THE NEXT AUCTION! How does this work?
From Project Approval to Auction Bid. Outline of the Auction process.

Moving to a project application
  • Do I have to start my project before I enter the auction? 
  • What is the process for entering the auction? 
  • Tips for entering the next auction.
  • When is the next Auction due? 

Speaker: Dave Moore - GCS Legal & Compliance

Green Collar were one of the most successful companies in gaining contracts in the first auction. They focus on NRM projects.

3:30 – 4:00pm
AFTERNOON TEA IS SERVED IN THE EXHIBITION AREA.

SESSION FOUR:
LOOKING DEEPER (continued)

More about the basics, going deeper into the mechanics!
4:00 – 4:30pm
MULTIPLY YOUR CHANCES OF SUCCESS - Whole of Farm Carbon Audit.
So, we know there are more ‘methods’ we can use. Quite a few more!!

  • How do I make this fact work for my farm? Region? NRM Group? 
  • More than one method might suit your farm or your region? 
  • Eg: Graziers have at least 3 methods which might suit them.
  • Irrigated cotton farmers as well
  • Multiply your chance of a successful project 
  • How does a Whole of Farm Carbon Audit work? 

Speaker: Louisa Kiely Director – Director Carbon Farmers of Australia (CFA)

For the past 10 years Carbon Farmers of Australia has lobbied for Farmers to be paid for the carbon they can save and store. CFA is a project manager under the ERF and holds an Australian Financial Services Licence. CFA has mounted the Carbon Farming Conference & Expo for the last 8 years. .

4:30 – 4:45pm
ORANA CARBON PROJECT: “From Little Things, Big Things Grow”

  • The Orana Region was successful in the first auction -with $250 Million to flow to the Orana Region over the next 10 years. 
  • Now the Orana Carbon Project has begun. 
  • What has Regional Development Australia been doing in the carbon space
  • How cost effective will it be?
  • Will others be able to replicate this model? 

Speaker: Felicity Taylor Edwards - CEO Orana RDA

Under Felicity’s guidance, Regional Development Australia Orana NSW has been showing the way in many areas, including Carbon Farming.

4:45 – 5:00pm
THE GREEN ARMY
Other Federal Government Policies may Apply to Carbon Farming

  • Outline of the Green Army Policy How does it work? 
  • What is happening on the ground? 
  • Can Farmers/Landholders benefit?
  • Future of the Green Army - next round of applications. 

Speaker: John Fry - Project Manager Green Army Skillset Bathurst.

John has been a tireless environmental worker for many years. The results of his work can be seen all over the Central West of NSW.

5:00 – 6:15 pm
WINE AND CHEESE TASTING IN THE EXHIBITION AREA.
7:00pm – until “late”
CONFERENCE AWARDS DINNER.
Come and be amazed at what
Australian Carbon Farmers have been doing.
We showcase the Innovators and those leading the pack.



DAY TWO Thursday 9th July 2015
LETS MAKE THE EMISSIONS REDUCTION FUND (ERF) WORK FOR FARMERS AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA.

7:30 – 9:00am
REGISTRATION OPENS AT 7.30AM FOR TEA/COFFEE AND NETWORKING

SESSION 1
MAKING THE ‘STREAMLINED’ ERF WORK FOR FARMERS

We have new methods, and the 100 year rule is no longer an obstacle – But what do I need to do in each method? Where is Soil Carbon up to? Lets find out!
9:00am Sharp!
TREES AIN’T TREES ANYMORE.
Take your shade and shelter to the next level.

  • More than one way to make a carbon $ from trees now. 
  • What are the new ‘methods’? 
  • Can I access a 25 year method? (streamlining the 100 years rule) 
  • Do they support the Land/Farmer sector in the ‘streamlined’ CFI?
  • Could you access other ‘policies’ to help - Green Army 
  • What about the 20 Million Trees?

Speaker: Lewis Tyndall - Director of Legal & Compliance, GCS
   

9:30 – 10:00am
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CATTLE PRODUCERS
Turning burping cows to your advantage! Methane reduction rewarded.


  • Do you feed Urea Blocks? Change to a new formula to gain a carbon credit. 
  • Want more emissions reduction? Carbon Credits for Finishing cattle earlier on more carbon rich pasture, or via genetics for example. Your choice as to how its done. 
  • Can I run both methods at the same time? 
  • How much emissions reduction could I earn? 

Speaker: Liz Fellows - Department of the Environment.
Liz is in the Methodology Development section of the Department of the Environment (EOE) and has knowledge of these methods.

10:00 – 10:30am
CARBON CREDITS FOR EFFICIENT FARM MACHINERY:
Tractor old? Ditto for other farm machinery?

  • The ‘Transport’ Method and ‘Fuel Efficiency’ method can be used to gain a credit for upgrading mobile farm machinery in one case and Stationary Pumps and other things in the other. 
  • How does that work? 
  • Making a big enough bid. - Would your local Tractor dealer do a good deal if he got a sale of 10 new tractors? 
  • You don’t have to commit until you know if you have a Government contract. 
  • Get finance on the back of a Government contract?
  • New $120 Million Investment Fund for Efficiency may be applicable. 

Speaker: Dermot Duncan - Greenbank Environmental.
In House Counsel and Head of Carbon Markets, Dermot has 14 years international and domestic legal experience in the clean energy sector. He holds a Masters of Environmental Law from Sydney University where he focused on financing clean energy and carbon projects.

10:30 – 11:00am
MORNING TEA IS SERVED IN THE EXHIBITION AREA.

SESSION 2
LETS GET BACK TO OUR ROOTS

The soil has been the focus for the past 7 Carbon Farming Conferences, and remains the largest carbon sink over which we have control world wide. Bringing it back to life is a work in progress.
11:00 – 11:30am
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE SCIENCE OF SOIL CARBON NOW?

  • We have an approved method, is that the end game?
  • What is happening now to improve things? 
  • Where else is science sharpening its focus on the soil? 

Speaker: Dr Jeff Baldock, Senior Soil Scientist CSIRO.
Dr Baldock is Senior Principal Research Scientist in the CSIRO Agriculture Flagship where he leads the Soil Carbon and Nutrients Group in the Soil and Landscape Science Research Program.
11:30 – 12:00pm
WE KNOW ITS ABOUT THE MICROBES! BUT HOW DO THEY HELP TO MAKE HUMUS?

  • Humus has always been the ‘rolled gold’ of carbon sequestration.
  • How is it made, and how do we encourage more of it? 
  • Barriers to making humus – including soil conditions, human conditions and risk profiles. 
  • What products or processes are the best to use in my soil carbon project for best results
  • Unlocking nutrients in the soil - Effect of Carbon on Phosphorous and others. 

Speaker: Brenton Byerlee – Managing Director of Soil Management Systems.
Brendon specializes in soil and plant nutrition for farmers. He has several novel approaches to soil health.

SESSION 3
THE ERF APPROVED SOIL CARBON METHOD IN ACTION.
This is the year we talk REAL work – under an approved method. What is this looking like?
12:00 – 12:30pm
FIRST, YOU HAVE TO SOIL TEST. What does that look like in the paddock?

  • The Soil Carbon Method outlined. 
  • 3 Steps. 1. Test for baseline carbon 2. Implement Change 3. Test again. 
  • The method in Action in Central Queensland. 
  • Where is it happening? What are the costs? 

Speaker: Dr Thakur Bhattarai - Post Doctoral Research Fellow at CQ University.
In his PhD he looked at the effectiveness and efficiency of carbon farming in different land use systems
12:30 – 12:45pm
FROM SOIL TESTS TO AN ERF PROJECT - Case Study.
  • What are the ‘changed management’ practices to be? 
  • What is the application process like in reality?
  • Estimating Abatement. 
  • Other methods applicable to gain cash flow? 

Speaker: Mick Alexander – Grazier
Mick has been working closely with Dr Bhattarai to soil test 1200 ha under the method. Mick is a well respected carbon farmer and educator being Director of Grazing Best Prac.
12:45 – 1:30pm
LUNCH IS SERVED IN THE EXHIBITION AREA.

SESSION 4
THE ERF APPROVED SOIL CARBON METHOD IN ACTION (continued)

1:30 – 2:00pm
OUTCOMES FOR SOIL CARBON FROM THE FIRST ERF AUCTION.

  • Soil Carbon increase successful in First ERF Auction 
  • 3.4 Million Tonnes of Soil carbon increases set to be delivered over the next 10 years
  • How will this happen and can I take part? 
  • Thoughts on trading carbon from a farming perspective

Speaker: Terry McCosker CEO Carbon Link.
Carbon Link was part of the successful consortium who won a Government contract to deliver soil Carbon Credits over the next 10 years.
2:00 - 2:30pm
UP AND COMING SOIL CARBON METHOD

  • Testing for soil carbon not your cup of tea? 
  • How about a modeled approach to being rewarded for management change? 
  • Is that coming? 
  • How does that work? What does the risk/return look like? 
  • Could we have a hybrid model? Soil Testing PLUS a modeled approach? 

Speaker Dr Dru Marsh – Lander and Rogers Lawyers.
Dr Marsh has studied the modeled approach to soil carbon increase, but has ideas on how we could use a ‘hybrid’ approach for better outcomes for farmers.
2:30 – 2:45pm
SOIL CARBON METHODOLOGY - OK, SO WHAT ACTIVITIES INCREASE MY SOIL C?

  • This method allows for a wide range of activities. YOU choose
  • This method is for Graziers. And pasture croppers. 
  • Compost, non-conventional fertilisers, dung beetles, saltbush, time controlled grazing, waterponding. What do you want to do? Pasture cropping – YES, its allowed. 
  • How does that work - YOU take the risk on activity being able to improve Soil C. 
  • Measure, activity , measure. 
  • How does it dovetail with my whole of farm carbon audit? 

Speaker: Louisa Kiely – Director Carbon Farmers of Australia (CFA)
Carbon Farmers of Australia was part of a consortium group which submitted the first Soil Carbon Methodology to Government. They have spent the last 10 years exploring this area and raising the profile of the benefits of soil carbon for Carbon Trading.
2:45 – 3:00pm
CARBON NEUTRAL WINERY – Case Study

  • Temple Bruer has achieved Carbon Neutrality. How?
  • Measuring its carbon footprint through a cradle to gate lifecycle analysis 
  • Working tirelessly to reduce their footprint through all means possible
  • Purchasing environmental and socially sustainable Carbon Credits to offset the remainder.

Speaker: Barrie Williams – Vineyard Manager Temple Bruer Wines Pty Ltd – Case Study
From 2011 onwards all wines produced at Temple Bruer are and always will be Carbon Neutral.
3:00 – 3:30pm
EVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENTS IN FARM SOIL RENOVATION MACHINERY
Farm soils are crying out for some TLC - How are new machines helping?

  • The new Soil Kee Soil Renovator Machine will be showcased at the Field Day. 
  • It seeds while aerating and mulching to regenerate soil life; increasing yields up to 45 per cent in one year.
  • Why is it getting so much attention from farmers? 
  • How does it work,what does it do for the soil. 

Speaker: Dr Maarten Stapper – CEO BioLogic AgFood
After working for 30 years as a research agronomist in four continents, Dr Stapper has become well known as an advocate of biological-organic farming systems.
3:30 – 4:00pm
FITTING THE RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGET (RET) WITH THE ERF.
The ERF is NOT the only opportunity for Rural and Regional Australia – What about Renewables?

  • Why it is a good time to look at Renewable Energy Projects in your community
  • latest update on legislation 
  • Impact legislation will have on project development and REC pricing
  • What technologies are going to be the winners? 
  • How does the RET and ERF fit together?
  • Community energy projects - taking Australia by storm!

Speaker : Jennifer Lauber Patterson - Managing Director Frontier Carbon.
Jennifer was named one of the 100 Global Sustainability Leaders having made significant contributions to sustainability by ABC Carbon in 2013 and 2014.

4:00 - 4:10pm
CONFERENCE WRAP UP
  • Can we take what we have learnt and now move to a project, or engage with others. 
  • If so, what structures do we want? 
  • What help do we need? 
  • How do we ‘Brand’ ourselves? 
  • Set the scene for the ‘Advanced’ Workshop. 

Louisa Kiely and Jan Grady - Conference Co- Convenors.
4:10pm – 4:30pm
AFTERNOON TEA IS SERVED IN THE EXHIBITION AREA.
4:30pm
Close.

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