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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.

  • Destruction of methane from piggeries using engineered biodigesters

    Through these projects, pig manure is directed into a biodigester. A biodigester is an oxygen-free tank where micro-organisms break down the waste. Methane is produced through this process which is collected and burnt.

    More Details Piggeries
  • Destruction of methane generated from dairy manure in covered anaerobic ponds

    This method applies to projects that reduce the methane generated from manure in dairy production systems by collecting emitted greenhouse gas from covered effluent ponds and combusting it through the use of a flare and/or an internal combustion engine and/or gas boiler.

    The project requires:

    Installing and operating covers and gas capture and combustion equipment to existing uncovered effluent treatment ponds, and/or
    Replacing of conventional ponds with covered pond systems.
    More Details Dairy
  • Destruction of methane generated from manure in piggeries V1.1

    The project requires installing and operating gas capture-and-combustion equipment and installing new covered lagoons or covering existing uncovered treatment lagoons. The methane component of the biogas is combusted using flares, and/or an electricity generation system, and/or a gas boiler.

    More Details Piggeries
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in milking cows through feeding dietary additives

    This method applies to projects that reduce methane generated from manure by feeding eligible additives to milking cows.

    Eligible additives include canola meal, cold-pressed canola meal, brewer's grain, hominy meal or dried distiller's grain, and are used to increase the fat content of a milking cow's diet.

    The project must:

    only occur on dairy farms, including organic dairy farms, where milking cows are pasture grazed for at least nine months of the year, and maintain dietary fats and oils below seven percent of the total dry matter feed.
    More Details Fact Sheet Dairy
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in beef cattle through feeding nitrate containing supplements

    Projects using the feeding nitrates to beef cattle method reduce greenhouse gas emissions from pasture-fed beef cattle by substituting urea supplements with a nitrate supplement in the form of lick blocks.

    Urea is often used to increase the amount of protein in the diet of pasture-fed beef cattle. It also makes pasture easier for the cattle to digest, so they tend to eat more of it, which in turn means they produce more methane. When some or all of the urea is replaced by nitrate supplements, cattle produce less methane.

    The CFI Beef Nitrates Calculator has been developed to assist project proponents to estimate the effect of feeding nitrate supplements to pasture fed beef cattle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    It is a requirement that all projects under the Determination use the Beef Nitrates Calculator to estimate emissions reductions for reporting purposes.

    More Details Fact Sheet Cattle
Additional resources available Additional information and projects for Livestock 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.