How can I earn a Carbon Credit - Let me count the ways!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
So, In the beginning, there was the 'CFI'  or Carbon Farming Initiative. Only the LAND  sector could earn carbon credits. Early adopters took this advantage, and dollars were earned.  $250 Million of them!  Where is your share of $2.55 billion? NOW, the monk  has been to the mountain,  and the 10 commandments of  Carbon Trading  contain many more opportunities.   "Thou shalt reduce emissions" has come down! 

One hitch to this - more opportunity in the Land Sector, but also more competitors.  Ok, lets leave Qantas out of this, and concentrate on what we can do.   

ONE  grazing  case study to day,  next one is cropping.   

Build your  on farm carbon plan now.   Here are some options.

Which ones suit you?   All will be explained at the conferenceScenario One:    Beef Cattle Grazier. 

Method 1
.  Soil Carbon. Earn carbon credit for storing carbon in soil.  3.4 Million Tonnes to be delivered over next 10 years. Government contracted. 

Method 2
.  Finish Beef Earlier -  If you get a beef unit off earlier, you are saving methane going up in the air -  you can earn a credit for this.     

Method 3.
  Feed Supplement - Do you feed urea blocks?   If so, we can change the block composition, and you can save methane  -  you can earn a credit for doing this too.    

Method 4.
  Mobile Farm Machinery .  Got some old machinery you’d really like to update, and need an incentive to do so?  Earn a carbon credit to do it.   Go in with 10 others and drive down the price at the dealership!  

Method 5.
  Stationary Pumps,  Sheds, Storage etc.   Same incentive to either  improve efficiency ,  or get new pumps.  Why not use the $20 K incentive in the Budget to help buy the new pump -  AND  earn a carbon credit.  BINGO, double whammy! 

Method 6
.  Don’t discount TREES -   plant them, save them.  More and different methods now out.  Better calculators.   Again, use the Governments   10 Million Tree program and GREEN  army program to lower the costs  AND earn a carbon credit.   Its all allowed. 

As ever, please don't hesitate to give me a bell with any queries. 
I'm on 02 6374 0329. 




Monday, May 18, 2015
Good morning! Yes, I've got a 'bee in my bonnet' again.

Guess what I've heard recently in 'mad technology' land - MAN MADE photosynthesis from mechanical trees! They even acknowledge how hard it is! click here

WELL, SOILS and PLANTS COME FIRST. We can't feed the world without them.

The world's soils are depleted of carbon, and there is a carbon market to assist us do the job. But HOW?

WE all worked hard to get a soil carbon method - They said it would never happen.

NOW we must work equally hard to make it affordable. AND find ways to BEST improve the soil carbon AND be paid to do it.

We need to learn from the past - The science must be collaborative AND focused on Commercial Outcomes.

Dr Thakur Bhattarai is a soil scientist of Nepalese extraction. Using the approved soil carbon method (for trading), he is working hard in Queensland with Farmers to solve the cost issues and research ways to increase Soil carbon for profit and to save the soils.

At the National Carbon Farming Conference and Expo Thakur and leading carbon farmer Mick Alexander will be letting us know all about how this is happening. What are the results, where to next? Can we be part of a project for trading?

ALSO at the conference, we'll announce a public/private research initiative. BE part of the future, come to the and see how to engage. WE are at the cutting edge of solving the issues. What solutions do YOU see? WE'll have many on show at the EXPO.

AND Yes, Thakur is working hard to help those in his devastated village. We'll ask for some help for those in Nepal. More soon...........

Don't forget: Early Bird Registration Closes 18th May for conference.

As ever, please don't hesitate to give me a bell with any queries. I'm on 02 6374 0329.




Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Good Morning! Always a big night, the old budget night!

Got to say I was bit underwhelmed until we came to the bit of the write off in first year for infrastructure - around the $20K mark - And write offs for fencing/dams/tanks.

OK, so we need the detail, but go with me on this -

1. So, you want to put in a Soil Carbon project - and potentially bid into the next round of the Emissions Reduction Scheme- which you will learn all about at the National Carbon Farming Conference 7-10th July in Albury click here.

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE TO GET ORGANISED FOR THE NEXT AUCTION. Which, in all likelihood be before end of year - especially if the speculation of an early election is correct!

2. The bid which has won a Government contract to deliver 3.4 million tonnes of increased soil carbon is based around grazing management. This write off will help make those changes.

3. You've decided to implement grazing management changes to effect the increase as part of your strategy- which involves some new fencing and tanks. Now you write off the cost of that in year one

4. BINGO! You gain the proven productivity increases from grazing management, this helps to drought-proof your farm and now you have the potential to be paid for the carbon you store. So, the Budget HAS given soil carbon a boost! Given it a tax break, in effect.

5. REMEMBER - You may now be able to put in a project using more than one method - Want to replace a stationary pump for around the $20K mark write off - and potential to gain a carbon credit as well? (but the Government does like BIG amounts of carbon - every bit helps)

Plus, at CONFERENCE we'll be talking more about what else is happening in the 'make measurement cheaper' space. What's happening in Queensland for instance?

We'll announce a public/private research initiative AND we'll ask for some help for those in Nepal. More soon...........

NOTE: Early Bird Registration Closes 18th May for conference.

As ever, please don't hesitate to give me a bell with any queries. I'm on 02 6374 0329.



WELL, THE RACE IS ON! Farmers vs Qantas

Friday, May 08, 2015
Hello! What race? What race is on? Well, I’m just back from the Carbon Conference in Melbourne and I’ve got a real sense of urgency for farmers.

Why? Because I've been rubbing shoulders with the likes of Qantas and Telstra - Who, by the way, are now your competitors.

How can Qantas be your competitor? Well, the Land Sector is no longer the only sector which can benefit from the carbon Trade. Qantas also can apply to earn carbon credits from fuel efficiency. And they intend to. From the same fund we want to access.

They are big - But the Land Sector is bigger! AND we are the only sector which has the capacity to store carbon - to actually scrub the air clean of CO2 - And Internationally our role is beginning to be noticed.

You know why? Because its important to keep the warming effect to no more than 2 degrees. - Its an target which is accepted world -wide. And it can't be done without the land sector, and farmers control the soils!

But, there is no time to lose. We must engage with this to keep our position. I need your passion for the land, your business sense and your ideas. What are the best new ideas for increasing soil carbon and productivity?

Soil Carbon increase was one of the successful bids in the first round of the auction - But what does that mean? Can you be a part of it? What about your group? What sort of $$ is attached to this?

The only place to learn about this is at the 2015, 8th Carbon Farming Conference and Expo! All the experts in one place. Ask all the questions, get all the answers.

Register NOW. Early Bird Registration open for another 10 days Be quick! click here - Not only that - Farmers get special Rates.

As ever, please don't hesitate to give me a bell with any queries. I'm on 02 6374 0329.



2015 Carbon Farming Conference and Expo - EARLY Bird Registration Open

Friday, May 01, 2015
Well, the first round of the ERF certainly got a reaction! So much 'chatter' on the air ways.

Who got what price? - what method was it?, who can get it next time? What do you have to do to participate? Is it worth it?

Meanwhile, we've got wonderful people working on the ground to make sure your soils can be improved to store more carbon, new, cheaper measurement options. Improved fertilisers. More grazing options.

But what about the new methods? What is less well known is that there is now more options on farm - Its NOT just 'don't cut down the trees', or even just improve the soil carbon.

We can now improve fuel efficiency on farm machinery or stationary pumps, feed different supplements to beef cattle, there is a range of things to do with tree sequestration, and more potentials coming to claim a reduction in emissions to earn a credit and then bid into the system.

Soon you will be able to finish cattle early to gain a credit or improve the nitrous oxide emissions from irrigated cotton as well.


But where do you find out about all of this? At the 2015, 8th annual Carbon Farming Conference and Expo!

Early Bird Registration open now here »
Not only that - Farmers get special Rates.

We will have experts in all areas - From Policy to Practice. This is the only holistic education in one place - From the 1/2 day field day to the Advanced Industry workshop, you go home knowing what you want to do, and how to do it.

Do you belong to a group? They need to understand how to 'aggregate' to put in a bid on behalf of the group.

Next time I'll let you know about how the whole of farm audit could put money in your pocket - but get in early to get the best rates.

Let make sure Rural and Regional Australia continue to be at the forefront of Carbon Farming

As ever, please don't hesitate to give me a bell with any queries. I'm on 02 6374 0329.


Emissions Reduction Fund 1st Auction.. And the WINNERS are .........

Friday, April 24, 2015

Good Morning.    Trust you got some of the rain?   We seemed to be on the right end of the storms with 58mls of gentle rain over 2 or 3 days. 

Nothing better to make one feel optimistic and fresh!  

And so, the results of  first round of the auction are public.  Basically, they have used 1/4 of their funds to achieve about 1//4 of their 'target'.  47 million tonnes of CO2e to be delivered over the next 7-10 years.  Some immediate, others further out.   $660 million spent. 

On the fantastic side,  a Soil Carbon group was awarded a contract to deliver well over 3 million tonnes  - proving it is a serious player.  In fact, it was the second largest contract offered.   

Also We know the 'weighted average'  price was $13.95.  Thats not bad, all things considered. 

On the down side,  1/4 of the funds are gone -  and next time there is much more competition as there are new 'methods' coming out all the time.  Much bigger companies due to come on line.  

This makes it imperative that Rural and Regional Australia continues its strong representation to spread the regions which are receiving funds. 

We must ensure that as many projects as possible get into the next round of the ERF  -  which is not yet announced.   Should be enough time to get organised with projects  -  But how?  Where do you go to get informed?

At the 2015 Carbon Farming Conference and expo of course! 

Come to the conference to find out the how, when, where and why of getting involved.   Many experts to talk to - inform and arm yourself with information for yourselves.   Early Bird Registration open now, and I'm just finalising the fine points of the speakers and program. Every year this is THE conference to attend and now we have the ability to do Projects. This is a huge incentive to get going.  We all  need to be in that next round. 

click here to download the flyer and I'll be back in touch very soon with more details

As ever, please don't hesitate to give me a bell with any queries. I'm on 02 6374 0329. 


When is the CFI not the CFI? When its the ERF!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hello and G'day!   

Yes, here we are - A new year, a new policy.  Direct Action off and running, and the first round of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) announced.   $2.55 billion over the next 4 years or so to be spent. 

However, as foretold late last year, the Land Sector has much competition now.  Farmers are used to competing with other Land holders, but did we ever think that we'd be competing with the Industrial Sector?     We need to be knowledgeable  and pro-active to compete with the City Methodologies now.  

We are determined to  keep the Carbon Trade in Rural and Regional Australia - add to the $40Million already flowing into the Central West of NSW  - but there is much to learn and do!

The good news is that the Land Sector has the MOST methods approved, with a few more good ones coming. But how to choose what to put in on your farm? 

To make this choice easy, we have developed the idea of the 'whole of farm carbon audit' - Whereby you look at the potentials against your own operation and 'choose'  what might suit you.  Click here to get your copy of the document. 

ALSO - we are conferencing again!  This time in Albury - another great Rural and Regional Centre.   We are the only 'grass roots' conference in Australia and we will showcase REAL farmers doing these 'methods'.

More than the name for the policy has changed!  Come to find out more. The first round of the ERF will be over, and we will know the outcome.   Get into the second round to get your fair share of the $2.55 billion.  Click here to get the flyer.   Put the dates in your diary! 

As ever, please don't hesitate to give me a bell with any queries. I'm on 02 6374 0329. 



Direct Action policy and the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) - Can you be a winner? - Webinar.

Now Available on line.

It covers: 

  • What is the Direct Action Climate Policy? 
  • What has changed in the Carbon Farming Initiative? 
  • What projects can now be developed - An update on CFI/ERF  methodologies
  • How do I get started? 

To purchase: click here 

Details to access the webinar will be emailed to you upon successful purchase

Direct Action Webinar - Can you be a winner?

Thursday, November 06, 2014

This is the first of a series of webinars to enable Rural and Regional Australia to gain their share of the $2.55 billion fund.

Question: - How do you find the time to become well informed about 'carbon farming' and the 'Carbon Farming Initiative', so you can make decisions around engaging? 

Enrol at the upcoming Webinar right now! We have over 5 years teaching experience in this area, and have been involved since the very inception in carbon farming and the Agricultural Carbon Trade. 

Over a series of 4 webinars, we will take you to the point where you will know if Direct Action has something for you or your group, arming you with the information you need to make decisions. 

In the first webinar, we will cover : 

  • What is the Direct Action Climate Policy ? 
  • What has changed in the Carbon Farming Initiative? 
  • What projects can now be developed - An update on CFI methodologies
  • How do I get started? 

We will also briefly discuss Aggregation - How your farming or NRM group can take advantage of the fund. 

I hope you can join us.

To secure your place - book now

Direct Action Climate Policy - And the winners are.........

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello again, and long time no speak!

As you know- things have rather been 'on hold' as industry holds its breath in a complete policy vacuum. Yet, we know that the Department is going full speed ahead on all the New Methodologies which will operate under the Emissions Reduction Fund.

Well, now we have some certainty. AS just announced in a media conference, there is a DEAL been done. All we now need is to get it through the Senate - should be a formality.

Already, under the Price on Carbon, $33 million has been traded - JUST in the Central West of NSW - but in which methodologies? Is there more 'low hanging fruit' around ?

So, to re-cap, Direct Action is the NEW climate change policy - now set to replace the 'disappeared' 'tax'. The Government is committed to a 5% reduction in emissions by 2020. This represents about 450 million tonnes of carbon 'credits' .

DA has $2.55 billion committed over 4 years and will work via a series of 'reverse auctions'. Its enabling architecture is the expanded Carbon Farming Initiative, that we've all grown to know and love (maybe!)

These auctions will be where we can sell Carbon Credits from the First Million Tonnes to the Government - but its a competitive process with lowest cost the ONLY consideration. However, the good news is that some methodologies are now easier, and have better calculators (read in the Tree space for the Land sector)

ALSO, The 'expanded' CFI now allows OTHER sectors to earn carbon credits, and councils, mines, transport companies will all be able to take part. AND the Government wants to encourage Aggregations - groups of farmers or others who can 'pool' large amounts of carbon.

Because once Direct Action is through, they intend to hold the first reverse auction bid ASAP! You need to understand how it will work.

To assist our Stakeholders to be AT THE FRONT of the queue, we will be holding the first of the webinars to explain WHAT and HOW to take part.

What if demand for ACCUs triples?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Update of Carbon Farming & Trading Assocation

We have a scheduled meeting with the Carbon Market Institute (CMI) to explore the opportunities for forming an industry body as part of the CMI - to provide the Institute with Carbon Farming knowledge and expertise and to take advantage of the Institute’s secretariat resources. As a foundation member of the CMI, Carbon Farmers of Australia has long represented our sector in the CMI’s consultation and policy formulation activities. The concern we would have is that, as a chapter of the CMI, we would compete for resources and attention with the industrial and energy sectors which dominate the industry. The objective of the workshop - to find a means of generating funds to resource the existing lobbying and policy activities - would not be met by the CMI solution. There is also the possibility that the amounts that could be generated by fees paid for membership would be insufficient to fund a full service association. We are consulting with a specialist in ethical investment and association management to resolve these issues.

The single sector that stands to gain the most or lose the most, depending on the outcome of the Emissions Reduction Fund’s Carbon Farming Initiative, is the soil nutrition and soil health amendment industries. The Soil Carbon Grazing Management Methodology allows farmers to select their choice of activity that will increase soil carbon levels and deliver genuine additionality (i.e.wouldn’t have happened without the CFI). This offers some opportunity for soil amendments. However the main opportunity lies in cropping, and this is where the possibility for gain or loss is greatest. Our assumption that a CFI methodology for croppers would follow the grazing methodology automatically is not as secure as we thought. The Minister and the Department have been repeating the message that government resources for developing methodologies will be assigned based on competition between activities. The criteria for success include the amount of abatement that can be delivered in the shortest period. This puts us at a disadvantage, given that the CSIRO told the Senate Committee that soil could make only a small or modest contribution to abatement - despite the fact that there is no evidence of the potential performance of a contemporary soil amendment activity in the hands of a highly experienced and skilled land manager. Should soil carbon cropping become a methodology - and the cost is not a barrier, given that it would be an extension of the grazing methodology - the number of potential new customers for natural fertilisers will be multiplied by an order of magnitude. If cropping can’t compete for government methodology resources,you are faced with hiring highly expensive scientists to build your own, in collaboration with your competitors. Do you have the time to lobby government or build unlikely alliances with competitors and see it through to the end? This is where full-time lobbyists come in handy.

Why the 1st One Million Tonnes??

There is a demand for numbers in the carbon market - What we need here is strength in numbers: because while many rural enterprises are small, many “industrial” suppliers of offsets have massive capacity. With the ERF, God is on the side of the big battalions: Individual enterprises that can supply 200,000 tonnes can step outside the reverse auction system and negotiate their own contracts. We can do that by aggregating aggregates. You maintain control of your carbon. We set our prices to avoid cutting each other’s throats, and bid as as block. It also works to bring costs down. Especially measurement. If we buy as a block, we can presumably take advantage of bulk discounts. Costs down. Prices up. Further, suppliers of services to the rural offsets sector should register an Expression of Interest so we can map our capacity as a sector and where the gaps are.

What if demand for ACCUs triples?

What happens to the demand for carbon credits under the Emissions Reduction Fund if our target is tripled to 15% in 2016 (two years away)? It could happen. Read on...

While Australia's leadership is confused about the direction the rest of the world is taking on Global Warming, the rest of the world is getting serious about it. ''There is no sign - no sign - that trading schemes are increasingly being adopted. If anything trading schemes are being discarded, not adopted,'' said PM Tony Abbott while in Canada recently. In fact, the World Bank reports that eight new carbon markets opened in 2013: California Cap-and-Trade Program, Quebec Cap-and-Trade System, Kazakhstan Emissions Trading Scheme, and five Chinese pilot emissions trading schemes (Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangdong, and Tianjin). And new carbon taxes were introduced in Mexico and France this past year. But the big news is that the three biggest emitters of greenhouse gases last week made game-changing moves on climate. China – Emitter No. 1 – announced it will set an absolute cap on its emissions from 2016. Setting an absolute cap instead of pegging them to the level of economic growth means they will be more tightly regulated, reports Reuters. China is now the second largest carbon market in the world. In America – Emitter No. 2 - the EPA announced a national standard to cut carbon emissions from coal fired power plants. US states can join cap-and-trade programs, building on the 10 states with market-based mechanisms, or start their own. In India – Emitter No. 3 - the people just elected as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who pioneered incentives for large-scale solar power. He wants to use solar technology to supply electricity to 400 million people in India who do not have power.

These events make a new global climate treaty in Paris in December 2015 more likely. This will set dominoes falling in Australia which has set itself higher targets should the rest of the world fall into line, which now seems likely. We have already promised to reduce emissions by 5% of 2000 levels by 2020. The target increases to 15% if there is an international agreement where developing economies commit to reduce emissions and advanced economies take on commitments like Australia’s. China and India are classified as ‘developing economies’. The target increases to 25% if there is comprehensive global action capable of stabilizing CO2 levels at 450ppm or lower.

At the same time, public opinion is swinging behind action on Climate Change as people are noticing Nature acting scarily like the scientific predictions that the denialists had rubbished. The Bureau of Meteorology reports that Australia’s climate has warmed by 0.9°C since 1910, and the frequency of extreme weather has changed, with more extreme heat and fewer cool extremes. Extreme fire weather has increased, and the fire season has lengthened, across large parts of Australia since the 1970s. Sydney broke its previous records for warmth in May, with maximums almost 4 degrees above average. Sydney Observatory Hill had its warmest May on record. The city experienced 19 consecutive days above 22C, and four consecutive days above 25C. Only one May day had a top temperature below 20C. Sydney Airport recorded it’s warmest autumn since 1958 with 21 consecutive days above 20C and seven days in a row reached at least 25C.

Public attitudes re shifting rapidly; the 2014 Lowy Institute Report revealed that 45% of Australians see global warming as a ‘serious and pressing problem’, up five points and the second consecutive increase since 2012. A significant majority (63%) say that the government ‘should be taking a leadership role on reducing emissions’. Only 28% believe ‘it should wait for an international consensus before acting’.

In ancient times, King Canute had his throne placed on a beach in England in front of the advancing tide and commanded the sea to retreat - to demonstrate to his followers that even he could not defy Nature. There's a lesson in that somewhere.

What can you do?

Go to the website and register an Expression of Interest in the 1st One Hundred Million Tonnes campaign.