The Tasmanian Government is assisting Tasmanian primary producers to understand and access opportunities to engage in carbon farming.
This includes providing assistance with the cost of accessing eligible advice about how to develop carbon initiatives on their land. The advice can be used to guide project design on potential carbon farming methods that may apply and related co-benefits. Tasmanian primary producers could then consider applying for funding through programs such as the Tasmanian Landcare Action Grants or access the carbon credit market through the Australian Government’s
Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).
Assistance provided by the Tasmanian Government includes the following:
Carbon Farming Advice Rebate Pilot Program
A program providing primary producers with rebates of up to $10,000 for advice sought about carbon farming projects, carbon farming methods that might apply and related co-benefits.
Find out more about the Carbon Farming Advice Rebate Pilot Program.
Landcare Action Grants
Expansion of the existing program to enable landholders to access grant funding for on-ground works that are required for accessing the carbon credit market.
Find out more about Landcare Action Grants.
Carbon farming information sessions
Workshops have been held across the State to inform potential program participants about how to establish baselines, understanding different carbon markets, understanding the role of aggregators in the market, details of funding under the Carbon Farming Advice Rebate Pilot and Landcare Action Grants.
Carbon Farming and Carbon Accounting
Carbon farming webinar: introductory principles, tools for accounting and market risks
On Wednesday 6 April 2022, the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture held a public webinar on carbon farming. Link to the recording of the webinar.
Introduction to carbon farming, types of greenhouse gas emissions, Scope 1-3 emissions, co-benefits and trade-offs associated with GHG emissions mitigation, cautions and market risks on trading carbon, reforestation, afforestation, savanna burning, herd management, carbon neutral (net zero) businesses versus carbon neutral products
Greenhouse gas emissions associated with land use change, land sparing versus land sharing
Tasmanian Carbon Farming Advice Rebate Pilot Program
Available carbon accounting tools for grain, sheep and beef cattle, self-assessment approaches, including worked examples
Questions and answers to the panel. These covered carbon markets, scope 1-3 emissions, carbon estimation areas, markets, soil carbon, biochar, the role for governments, farmers, advisors, how to identify bugs in carbon accounting tools, certified carbon accounts, carbon footprints, greenhouse gas emissions (methane, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, water vapour), costs associated with carbon farming and forestry, biodiversity credits, environmental stewardship, state and national government policies, forages for enteric methane mitigation, manure management, low interest bank loans (Green Loans), benefits of new technology, land-use change, approaches for burning stubble to reduce emissions, carbon offsetting and insetting, and more!
For general information on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, free tools to help you calculate your carbon emissions, carbon farming, carbon markets and Tasmanian case studies on what Tasmanian primary producers and landholders are doing to address climate change impacts visit the Climate Change and Agriculture webpage.