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Can I Participate?

The first step to conduct a Carbon Farming project is to review the Government approved rules that outline whether your farm or land can earn Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs).

These rules are called methods and they explain how to measure and calculate greenhouse gas emissions reductions from a range of different activities.

Methods set out the rules for undertaking activities under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) which earn ACCUs.

There are a variety of benefits other than earning carbon credits obtainable by conducting a Carbon Farming project which don’t require an applicable method.

Check out the resources available in the How Do I Participate section or see what other research and assistance is happening in your area in the Extension & Outreach section.


Find a Method

To start searching for methods which are suitable for you, select an industry type and then a select a land use or operation type. You can also use the search box to look for a specific method.

  • Sequestering carbon in soils in grazing systems

    A project using this method stores carbon in soils on grazing land by introducing activities that increase inputs of carbon to the soil, reduce loss of carbon from the soil, or both.

    The land on which a project occurs must have been under permanent pasture or continuously cropped for at least five years before applying to conduct the project or before conducting a baseline sampling round.

    The land can be managed using a range of activities to build soil carbon including, but not limited to:

    converting cropland to permanent pasture
    rejuvenating pastures, or
    changing grazing patterns.
    More Details Fact Sheet Soil Carbon
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fertiliser in irrigated cotton

    The method is based on increasing the efficiency of nitrogen fertiliser use, measured as the ratio of cotton lint yield to nitrogen applied via synthetic fertiliser. An increase in nitrogen fertiliser use efficiency is equivalent to a decrease in emissions intensity from synthetic fertiliser use.Management actions taken under the method can maintain lint yield while reducing fertiliser use, or improve lint yield without a proportional increase in fertiliser use.

    This method supports a broad range of management actions, including changes in the rate, timing, method and type of nitrogen fertiliser application. At least one new management action to improve nitrogen fertiliser use efficiency must be undertaken in the project area, and participants have the flexibility to select management actions that suit their individual circumstances.

    The method applies only to cotton crops grown under irrigation, where the emissions of nitrous oxide can be directly related to the rate of fertiliser nitrogen used on the crop. The method only covers the use of synthetic fertiliser.

    More Details Fact Sheet Cotton
  • Estimating sequestration of carbon in soil using default values method (model-based soil carbon)

    A project using this method stores carbon in soils on agricultural land by introducing specific management actions that increase inputs of carbon to the soil, reduce loss of carbon from the soil, or both.

    A model-based soil carbon project must carry out at least one of the following specific management actions:

    permanently converting land from annual cropping to pasture
    retaining crop residue that was previously removed through burning or baling in field, or
    increasing biomass yields (sustainable intensification) through inputs such as fertiliser, lime and water.
    More Details Fact Sheet Soil Carbon
Additional resources available Additional information and projects for Crops & Soil are available via the following links: Resources Extension and Outreach
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This website was developed and maintained by Climate Friendly under a grant from the Australian Government under the Carbon Farming Futures Extension and Outreach program.

The project was completed in June 2017 and this website will no longer be updated.
The information remains relevant and this website will remain live until June 2018.