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CFI Enews: 14 August 2014

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New CFI methods now available

Three new methods are now available for use under the CFI, bringing to 25 the number available to potential carbon farmers.

More information on CFI method determinations can be found on the Carbon Farming Initiative website.

Project applications under these three methods may be made to the Clean Energy Regulator.

Storing carbon in soil

The method for sequestering carbon in soil in grazing systems is now available for use under the CFI. Projects using this new method can earn carbon credits for replenishing stores of carbon in the soil, while enhancing soil health, vegetation management and productivity.

The soil sequestration method relies on direct measurement of soil carbon to estimate sequestration. It sets out instructions for undertaking projects and estimating the abatement. The Department has worked closely with landholders, scientists and key interest groups to develop the method.

Tools and a factsheet have been published on the Carbon Farming Initiative website with the method to provide guidance to potential project owners.

Feeding nitrate supplements to beef cattle

With the agriculture sector producing more than 16 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions—mostly from cattle—this method will help the beef industry to reduce emissions from their herds. Replacing urea lick blocks with nitrate lick blocks for pasture-fed cattle reduces methane emissions caused by enteric fermentation.

Nitrate lick blocks work by helping healthy gut microbes to survive instead of the microbes which produce methane. The method explains how to upgrade a salt lick from the traditional urea dietary supplement to methane-reducing nitrate lick blocks.

The method will increase productivity and can be undertaken with minimal cost to farmers.

The determination for this method is available on the Com Law website.

Farm forestry

This method for reforestation projects provides new opportunities for farmers to establish small-scale tree plantations with the dual purpose of storing carbon and growing merchantable timber.

Potential project owners can now estimate abatement achieved through carbon sequestration from permanent plantings or for-harvest plantings on land previously managed for agricultural purposes and clear of forest.

The method has broad application in the land sector. Economic and other benefits may include carbon credits, sale proceeds from wood products, enhanced biodiversity and reduced dryland salinity.

The determination for this method is available on the Com Law website.

Draft method for environmental or mallee plantings

The Department is also preparing a draft method determination for quantifying carbon sequestration by permanent native mixed species environmental or mallee plantings. If made, this method will provide for projects that generate emissions reductions from the sequestration of carbon dioxide from permanent plantings of native tree species. Abatement will be calculated using output data from the Full Carbon Accounting Model.

New CFI projects

The Clean Energy Regulator has now approved over 150 CFI projects and more than 6.7 million Australian Carbon Credit Units have been issued to these projects. Further information on CFI Projects can be found at the Clean Energy Regulator’s Register of Offsets Projects.

Carbon farming initiative achievements to date - 25 methodology determinations made, 156 CFI projects approved, Equivalent of greater than 6.7 million tonnes CO2-e abated, Equivalent of taking more then 2 million cars off the road for one year

Carbon Farming Initiative achievements to date

Upgrade to CFI mapping tool

The Department has upgraded the CFI Mapping Tool based on user feedback.

The tool offers a number of new features while maintaining all previous functionality. New features include:

  • Easier login and access
  • Supports new datasets
  • Ability to publish new datasets easily, compare datasets between two epochs, import spatial data and download forest extent data.

Brazilians laud Aboriginal savanna burning role

Brazilian fire experts are exploring ways to introduce Australia’s innovative savanna fire management techniques following their study tour to the remote north of Australia. The Brazilian delegation was impressed by the key part Aboriginal rangers play in managing their ancestral land to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The delegation’s visit in May was part of the International Savanna Fire Management Initiative, a $2.25 million programme run by the Department of the Environment to identify developing countries that could benefit from similar Australian practice. The delegation noted their key challenges at home would include gaining political support for the use of fire as a way to reduce emissions.

Emissions Reduction Fund Update

The July edition of the Emissions Reduction Fund Update is now available and provides an update on the implementation of the Emissions Reduction Fund, the centrepiece of the Australian Government’s Direct Action Plan. The Update can be found on the Department of the Environment website.

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