GreenCollar have been working with graziers and land managers across the country develop carbon projects under various methods since the inception of the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).
In 2013 from the original Overflow Station, made famous by Banjo Patterson’s Clancy of the Overflow and now fondly referred to as Horse Ridges, GreenCollar forged an unforgettable partnership with local grazier – George Hargreaves. With George’s help and persuasive persistence, together we launched the first Avoided Deforestation project in the country, which in turn was the first land sector project under the CFI to be issued with Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs).
A wise old landholder took a chance on a young company and has since paved the way not only for us to develop over 100 native forest protection and regeneration projects across rural Australia but for a thriving land sector carbon market to establish.
- Emissions Reduction Fund
- Vegetation Management Methods
- Soil Carbon Methods
- Beef Herd Management Methods
There can be no purpose more enspiriting than to begin the age of restoration, reweaving the wondrous diversity of life that still surrounds us. – Edward O. Wilson, The Diversity of Life
Emissions Reduction Fund
The Emissions Reduction Fund is a Commonwealth voluntary scheme to reduce or sequester greenhouse gas emissions. The most successful and cost effective mechanism so far has been land sector abatement (storing carbon in vegetation and soils). It has provided the opportunity to offer commercial incentives for landholders or land managers to adopt new land management practices and/or technologies to reduce their emissions or sequester carbon dioxide equivalent (C02e). There are a number of different activities that participants can undertake to do this such as reducing methane emissions from cattle, rejuvenating soil health with carbon, regenerating or protecting native vegetation across where it is cost effective. Participants earn an Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU) for every ton of CO2e sequestered or avoided emission.
GreenCollar is one of the only companies in Australia with full end-to-end, in-house expertise in the development, management, legal and technical implementation of commercial carbon projects across the country, working with landholders and graziers to manage close to 3 million hectares of private land to achieve positive outcomes both commercially and environmentally.
78% of the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund, so far dispersed by tender for the lowest cost abatement, has gone to the land sector. 65% of the carbon abatement funds, dispersed by government have gone to GreenCollar. The company has demonstrated land sector abatement, either by avoiding losses in vegetation cover or by natural and human induced regeneration, has proved to be the most cost effective means for Australia to meet its GHG reduction targets and its international change obligations.
The company has done this by working with farmers and graziers, that together manage 82% of Australia’s land mass, understanding their need to be profitable and proving the value of another commodity, Carbon, as a potential income stream and income diversification opportunity.
GreenCollar plans to widen its partnership with agriculture, individually and through industry peak bodies, entrenching carbon as a mainstream income source for primary producers, at the same time creating a connected, biodiverse, functional and healthy landscape. Not only will this build on-farm incomes and improve environmental management, it is key to Australia’s image as an exporter of clean, green primary produce.
Vegetation Management Methods
Vegetation projects generate carbon abatement by storing carbon in vegetation as they grow. There are a number of eligible activities that may be implemented to store carbon. These include regenerating vegetation (Human-Induced Regeneration) or maintaining or protecting native vegetation from future scheduled removal (Avoided Clearing of Native Regrowth).
Human-Induced Regeneration projects aim to regenerate parts of a property where vegetation has previously been suppressed. To be eligible the project area must involve one or more of the following regeneration activities: management of the timing and extent of grazing, management of feral animals, cessation of mechanical or chemical destruction of regrowth or the exclusion of livestock.
Avoided Clearing of Native Regrowth Projects involve not clearing native regrowth that is scheduled to be cleared under the property’s historical clearing cycle/regime. To demonstrate “additionality”, a core principle of international climate agreements, there must be evidence of two historical clearing events having occurred within the project area. The project area must contain sections of the property where unrestricted clearing is permitted and cropping or grazing is undertaken.
Soil Carbon Methods
A soil carbon project involves storing carbon on land by introducing activities that either increase inputs of carbon to the soil or reduce losses of carbon from the soil, or both.
Soil carbon projects can use a range of farming activities to build soil carbon, as long as one of the activities is new. These activities may include converting cropland to pasture, renovating pastures, changing grazing patterns or introducing new ways of productive land management. Projects can be implemented through a series of modelled scenarios or through direct measurements and soil sampling to estimate changes in soil carbon stocks over time.
Beef Herd Management Methods
Carbon projects using the Beef Cattle Herd Management Method may reduce the emissions intensity of beef cattle production by reducing methane emissions per kilogram of live weight gain that is produced prior to slaughter.
Activities that may reduce the emissions intensity of cattle herd include improving cattle productivity, reducing the average age of the herd or the proportion of unproductive cattle within the herd, or changing the number of cattle in each livestock class within the herd.
GreenCollar will work with farmers and graziers to explore land sector project options across all available Emissions Reductions Fund Methods.