26 September 2023

DPIRD builds templates for carbon strategies

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has developed new templates for land management strategies — one for soil and one for vegetation.

The templates outline new on-ground activities likely to improve soil carbon levels or store carbon in vegetation to generate Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs).

Manager of Low Carbon Futures at DPIRD, Kerrie House said the strategies assisted when registering a soil or vegetation carbon sequestration project with the Clean Energy Regulator, or applying for funding from the second round of the WA Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program.

“Landholders interested in developing land management strategies have until 1 April to apply for funding, and I encourage landholders to examine the new templates to help consider carbon farming opportunities,” Ms House said.

“The templates are designed so landholders can gain a practical understanding of the information required for a strategy and the necessary evidence to meet the regulator’s requirements,” she said.

The Manager said information to be included in the template included soil types, baseline sampling, species lists, new activities, risk assessment and permanence considerations, as well as estimating carbon and monitoring and evaluating a project’s co-benefits.

“The templates are a great resource for those taking the first steps to establishing a carbon farming project and developing a funding application,” she said.

“They also assist landholders to evaluate how carbon farming can support broader business objectives and to examine the interactions between changing practices, climate, environment and farming systems performance,” Ms House said.

The new templates can be found on the Department’s website at this PS News link.

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