Carbon Neutrality

Carbon Neutrality

Running a carbon neutral farming business means that there is net zero greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, the amount of carbon sequestered cancels out the amount of greenhouse gases emitted. This is achieved by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide produced and offsetting any outstanding emissions by sequestering carbon in the landscape.

to see where you stand in terms of carbon neutrality you can run a carbon audit of your property.

Carbon neutral = net zero = total carbon emissions less sinks and offsets

Climate neutral = zero temperature change caused by greenhouse gas emissions

Whether you want to be a carbon neutral farm or sell carbon credits, or both, you must have a history of measured emissions and soil test data. With ambitious net zero targets being set for the agriculture sector, and the likely possibility of carbon tariffs for global trade, it is becoming increasingly important to calculate the carbon emissions on farm.

Banks, and other parties that service agriculture are preparing for managing the risks of climate change and establishing programs to reduce emissions. Farm businesses that have a good understanding of their farm emissions will be better placed to respond to these external challenges and find new opportunities.

Carbon neutral certifications

There are a number of different private companies offering carbon neutral certifications and there are emerging branding opportunities for the labelling of carbon neutral food and fibre products which may in turn offer better prices.

More information can be found on the Agriculture Victoria website.