Posts Tagged 'sequestration'

Building a Biochar Kiln

Building a Biochar Kiln – Lessons Learn’t

Drivers

Firstly, we were engaged by Chandala Poultry to design a system that would recover the energy from chicken litter the farm produces and use it to meet the farms energy requirements. We did look at other bioenergy technologies including anaerobic digestion but decided, after consultation with the owner, on pyrolysis.

Secondly, technologies to produce biochar in Australia are either too big, needing thousands of tonnes of feedstock to be viable and ...

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Biochar in the ground in Western Australia.

May was a busy month for Energy Farmers. Tom Vogan, Wayne Phillips from AV Engineering in Northam and myself spent a week laying down our biochar trials with the grower groups we are working with. Mingenew Irwin Group (MIG), Moora Miling Pasture Improvement Group (MMPIG) and North Stirling Pallinup Natural Resources (NSPNRM) all participated in the trails ...

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New Carbon Farming Methodologies Open for Comment

Two new Carbon Farming Initiative methodologies have been released for public comment by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. The methodologies are:

Reforestation and afforestation

This methodology proposal involves the reforestation of cleared land and afforestation on land where no forests previously existed in order to sequester carbon.

  • The project activity involves establishing trees through direct means, such as hand-planting seedlings, machine-planting seedlings, or direct seeding
  • The project activity occurs on lands ...
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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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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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Release of carbon farming initiative positive and negative list consultation paper.

The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency released the positive and negative list discussion paper for the Carbon Farming Initiative yesterday.

The positive list identifies activities that would be considered additional and eligible to participate in the scheme while the negative list identifies activities that are ineligible in certain circumstances because they risk adverse impacts on communities and the environment.

The consultation paper provides an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the approach to developing the positive and negative lists and ...

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Get in behind.

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and Sheep & Meat Producers Australia have released a report stating that sheep and meat producers in Australia will endure a 16 percent loss in business revenue under the Government’s proposed carbon tax. You can access the full article and report here.

I encourage groups like NFF and for all members of the farming industry to carry out these types of studies however, I believe that this particular study is a little off the mark ...

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Farmers in a growing market

Today I read a report that multinational companies such as Walt Disney are already taking the initiative, moving toward sustainability and are in the market for quality carbon offsets.

Disney has been measuring their emissions since 2006 and has a long term goal to achieve zero net direct greenhouse gas emissions.

To achieve this goal, Disney has implemented energy management systems which avoid and reduce emissions through efficiency, are moving into low carbon fuels to run their massive fleet and finally, investing ...

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