Everything you need to know about Carbon Farming
New to Carbon Farming and not sure where to start? We’ll walk you through the basics.
- Case Studies – Browse projects around Australia that are delivering environmental, financial and community benefits
- How we set baselines and measure progress re projects measured – Hear from one of our Field Team Leaders
- Glossary – Demystifying the language around carbon farming
How does carbon farming work?
Carbon farming is about changing land management practice to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from on farm activity and store carbon in native vegetation and soil. When done well, the addition of a carbon project can enhance agricultural operations by improving land condition and ground cover, increasing biodiversity, and improving water retention. The additional, diversified income stream from carbon projects can also improve business resilience and enable reinvestment into primary production.
How to know if your property is eligible for a carbon farming project
When considering a carbon project, there are many things to be taken into account, such as property location and size, the nature of the current land use, existing vegetation and management plans.
Talking to our experts about the methods that can be applied to a property or location is an important first step in the process. Once you understand the potential approach, the next step is to assess whether your property has enough scale to make it work.
Anyone wanting to undertake a carbon farming project has to use an approved method. A project methodology sets out eligibility criteria, how the project will be undertaken, and how the abatement will be estimated, measured and reported. GreenCollar’s experts work with you to understand your agriculture enterprise and the landscape you operate within to identify suitable methods and design a project that is tailored to suit the land and your operations.
Avoided Clearing projects enable landholders in Queensland to break with historical clearing cycles by valuing the protection of native forest within productive agriculture operations. This prevents the destruction of native habitat in one of the most cleared regions in Australia, whilst storing carbon in native forest as it regrows.
Poor soil health can be a consequence of intensive management, where topsoil releases soil-sequestered carbon into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas. In Soil Carbon Sequestration projects, sustainable and regenerative agriculture methods are used to help remediate soil health, in concert with more efficient irrigation systems or changes in grazing and tillage patterns.
There are different approaches to soil carbon projects depending on the type of agriculture operation.
Savanna Burning Projects in the north of Australia deliver sustainable, carbon-sensitive fire management projects that can earn carbon credits by decreasing emissions of methane and nitrous oxide resulting from intense, uncontrolled wildfires. Savanna Burning is carried out in partnership with Traditional Owners by Indigenous custodians, ensuring benefits from the projects can flow back into remote Aboriginal communities.
These projects aim to reduce carbon, methane and nitrous oxide emissions released by very hot, high intensity wildfires that occur in Northern Australia in the late dry season, by carrying out planned, managed burns in the early dry season.
Reforestation by environmental or mallee plantings involves establishing and maintaining vegetation such as trees or shrubs on land that has been clear of forest for at least 5 years. A mix of trees, shrubs and understory species native to the local area can be planted, or species of mallee eucalypts. These projects store carbon as they grow to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas entering the atmosphere
Reforestation by environmental or mallee plantings involves establishing and maintaining vegetation such as trees or shrubs on land that has been clear of forest for at least 5 years. A mix of trees, shrubs and understory species native to the local area can be planted, or species of mallee eucalypts. These projects store carbon as they grow to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas entering the atmosphere.
These projects reward land managers for changes to land management practices that enable native vegetation to achieve forest cover. Project areas must include land that has been cleared at least once for pastoral use, and have potential to achieve forest cover within the project lifetime.
“The infrastructure upgrades we've put in through the carbon project has helped drought proof our business.”Michael DempseyStrathmore (QLD)
“Adding a carbon project will help our whole operation become more resilient and sustainable.”Glenn RogersTalisker Station (WA)
“We've found the addition of a carbon project means the land bounces back stronger after drought.”Mike RosserArgyle Station Pastoral Co (NSW)
Work with us on a carbon farming project
GreenCollar is one of the only operators in Australia with full end-to-end, in-house expertise in the development, management, legal and technical implementation of carbon projects. We are the largest supplier of nature-based ACCUs to the Australian Government and at the forefront of the voluntary market, actively working to generate new demand for our high quality, high integrity ACCUs.
In the past decade we have developed hundreds of successful projects in partnership with farmers, pastoralists, graziers, Traditional Owners and other land managers across Australia and nearly 90% of our existing project partners would recommend us to other land managers*.
*2023 GreenCollar Project Partner Survey