Carbon Farming Newsletter: April - May 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012


Your one stop shop to keep up to date and move forward in your carbon farming goals.  

Regional Carbon Market Summit - Leveraging the Carbon Market for regional prosperity

Why is it that all things to do with The Clean Energy Policy, the Land Sector package and the Carbon Farming Initiative are all ‘announced’ in the cities, and discussed at city conferences which cost a fortune to attend? After all, only Landholders can earn carbon credits in the CFI!

This is just not a level playing field, so, we’ve decided to have a Carbon Summit in the Regions on July 25th and 26th! 
We have invited the best knowledge brokers in the business to come to the Regions and help our accountants, solicitors, agribusiness managers, councils, NRM agencies and others to understand HOW to benefit from these new policies, and how to support farmers and landholders who are taking part.

There are Government grants, there are carbon credits to be earned and there are risks and potentials to manage. The inaugural Carbon Market Summit will outline all the issues and answer all questions. It will also hold more extensive training on day two, for those who want to understand what the NEXT STEPS are in getting moving. 

For details, please go to This calibre of presenters will not be seen again in the Regions for a very long time.

Breaking news! First round of biodiversity fund announced

Did you have a win? Click here for more details.

Carbon Farming Initiative News

CFI Tree Methodology Approved

So, there is now an approved methodology which has applicability over general farmers/Landholders. The method involves planting of native, bio-diverse trees under the stipulated conditions of the methodology. (The ‘methodology’ is the ‘recipe book’ which describes HOW you must go about things.) We are currently working out how to use their ‘tools’   and we’ll be calling for expressions of interest to hear about how it might work on farm in due course. Stay tuned!

To download the methodology and get used to the ‘Greek’ they are written in click here.

Do you have a new technology or process which has the potential to reduce nitrous oxide from soils, methane from cattle, or sequesters carbon in soil or trees?

If so, you need to apply to go onto the POSITIVE LIST.

The Positive List is for INNOVATORS. And we know there are lots of you! The CFI says that the activity that a Landholder does to earn carbon credits must be ADDITIONAL to what they are doing at the moment. You can apply to be considered additional to business as usual by filling out the Positive List form. A good example is that BIOCHAR is on the list. We are currently assisting some of our best innovators to get their products and processes on this list. Please contact me for assistance in this - even if you are not sure what the heck I’m talking about - it could be important to your business. IT’S A FREE SERVICE!

Click here for more information.

Offset methodologies under consideration

The below is an indication of what will soon happen – LOTS of ways to enter this carbon market. If you can’t see a ‘meth’ you like, wait a bit and one should appear! 

Several carbon offset methodologies are under consideration by the Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee. They are native forest protection, reforestation and afforestation, destruction of methane from piggeries using engineered bio-digesters, management of camels, and three waste-related methodologies.

‘ACCU’ explained  

How are you travelling on understanding the ‘language’ of this new market?  

Well, over the next little while, I’ll be tackling a few explanations for you. While I hope you find them useful, it takes a full day’s training to really understand it to the point of being able to make decisions about your involvement. If you are interested in training, make an enquiry!

So, ACCU - or Australian Carbon Credit Unit - is your ‘currency’. Once you have undertaken a carbon project according to the rules and regulations of the Carbon Farming Initiative, you will apply to be granted a certain number of ACCU’s. These are financial instruments, so serious rules exist around who can and can’t advise you. Once you have ACCU’s, you will be able to sell carbon to polluters, decide when to sell and at what price you want to sell. Sounds great, but it's not that easy to 'earn' them.

The good news is that everything we are hearing at the moment indicates a large demand for them.

NEXT Newsletter - What is a methodology and why do I need one? 

Government information

There is now much more comprehensive information available on the Government site as well. It's worth a look around
They even have a carbon farming handbook now (ours is up to its 4th edition!).

In other news

Revised NCOS released - so what? 

The NCOS (National Carbon Offset Standard) is the Government scheme which allows companies to go carbon neutral. That is to say, they must measure their footprint, reduce it and also purchase carbon credits for any remaining carbon footprint - thereby having a zero footprint. 

Most of the companies will do this voluntarily, for business and personal reasons (see below). The good news for Landholders and Farmers is that they will now be able to buy ACCU’s (Australian Carbon Credit Units - see above) to offset their footprint.

This in effect increases potential demand for your carbon!

Republica Coffee is an Australian organic fair trade business - it is the first food company to be certified carbon neutral by government agency, Low Carbon Australia - these features have helped Republica to generate $4.5 million, win contracts with Jetstar and Virgin, and expand its product range from 1 to 7 with Coles AFR 100412.

More examples next newsletter!  

Rise in N2O emissions due to fertiliser use

A new study has proved definitively that a dramatic rise in atmospheric nitrous oxide in the past 50 years is due to increased fertiliser use. The researchers hope the study will contribute to changes in fertiliser use and agricultural practices to mitigate the release of nitrous oxide into the atmosphere.

Lachlan soil carbon pilot on YouTube

NSW DPI research agronomist Warwick Badgery features in this YouTube clip about the soil carbon pilot project in the Lachlan catchment.

And lastly, some snippets

Tasmanian farmers' push for action on industrial hemp production has won support from all 3 parties in the state - the move is being driven by strong consumer demand for renewable and recyclable fibre products - industrial hemp is already cultivated in Canada (The Mercury 23/03/12).

In an attempt to keep costs down almost one-third of small business owners haven’t taken a holiday since they started business according to a new MYOB report StartUpSmart 170412. Sounds familiar to me! 

Until next time… Go forth and increase carbon storage!    

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