Posts Tagged 'Carbon trading'

Biochar Workshop – Elmore Victoria

Biochar learning in the bush.

We recently attended a biochar workshop held in Elmore Victoria, Australia. The 2 day event run by the Kyneton Transition Hub and Bendigo Sustainability Group attracted a diverse crowd with a range of experience in the production and use of biochar.

Dr Stephen Joseph and Dr Paul Taylor ran proceedings and shared their knowledge. Attendees were treated to some of the latest findings in biochar research as well as some “hands on” practical ...

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Keep an open mind on carbon farming.

It was with some interest when I read an article on E farming’s website titled “Farmer group warns of new carbon trading”.

Urging farmers to act with caution is good advice; farmers do need to understand the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and the obligations that come with undertaking projects under the scheme. However, saying that farmers reject a carbon economy is really burying your head in the sand and not looking at the opportunities that will ...

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Environmental Plantings Methadology Approved

The Federal Government announced today that the Environmental Plantings methodology under the Carbon Farming Initiative has been approved.

What this announcement means is that finally farmers and land managers across Australia will be able to generate extra income by planting of permanent stands of native forest trees, something most farmers have been doing for years.

 

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Carbon Farming Begins Business

The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) Administrator has been appointed and the CFI is now operational which will allow land managers, farmers and landfill operators to participate in carbon markets.

The Government has taken industry views into account in making regulations for:

  • the Australian National Registry of Emission Units which will support both the Carbon Farming Initiative and the carbon pricing mechanism;
  • An initial list of activities which will be eligible under the CFI once technical methodologies are ...
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Funding for Carbon Farming

The Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food have launched “Filling the Research Gap” as part of its Carbon Farming Futures Program. 201 million dollars will be invested to support research into emerging abatement technologies, strategies and innovative management practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the land sector, sequester carbon and enhance sustainable agricultural practices.

The funding is available to Australian companies, business, research organisation, government agencies and departments. Research priorities for funding ...

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Biochar guidelines – Good news for Biochar WA

Guidelines for biochar production

The International Biochar Initiative (IBI)  have released their final DRAFT biochar guidelines for biochar production. These guidelines provide a standardized definition of biochar and biochar characteristics related to the use of biochar as a soil amendment.

They will serve as the basis for IBI certification  programs, and are intended for use and adaptation to local conditions and regulations by any nation or region.

These guidelines support not only baseline safety considerations but also the evolving understanding of the positive ...

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Carbon Tax – Countryman Response 21st July

Carbon tax – Energy Farmers Countryman Letter

There is still a lot of negativity in the agriculture community about the governments Clean Energy Future policy and carbon tax, here is a letter written to the Countryman about why the policy has merit! See the link here

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More carbon farming methodologies

The federal government’s Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DOCCEE) have released another two draft carbon farming methodologies for public comment under the Carbon Farming Initiative. Comments open until 26th July 2011.

1. Environmental Plantings

This methodology involves the establishment and management of permanent native forests that increase removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  The abatement activity includes planting and/or seeding native species on cleared or ...

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