Carbon farming made easy.

We break things down into bite size steps

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The Basics

One carbon credit = the equivalent of 1 ton of carbon dioxide.

Put simply, a carbon credit is awarded when a landholder conducts a new activity that is measured and verified to have sequestered or reduced a tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent. The aim of the game is to change the way you farm, in order to store carbon in the landscape and reduce your emissions.

 

A carbon credit is a financial product. You can hold them as an asset on your balance sheet for as long as you like, then you can either:

  • surrender them to the regulator to offset your own emissions (to become carbon neutral), or
  • sell them to someone else who wants to offset their emissions.

A carbon farming project is a step-by-step process to generate these carbon credits. Basically, you need to follow the rules of the certification program. That’s exactly where we come in.

The Opportunity

Tactical integration of carbon projects within a working farm can increase profitability and farm resilience.

Carbon farming is on its way to becoming a $50B new global opportunity for landowners and the carbon credit price has grown from $16 in 2019, to $45 at the end of 2021. This is an exciting new diversification opportunity for landowners, but it is just part of a bigger picture.

 

When done right, carbon projects increase farm profitability and resilience by:

  • capitalising on underutilised land,
  • diversifying revenue streams,
  • accessing carbon-neutral market opportunities,
  • reducing input costs,
  • enhancing soil health, and
  • increasing water retention.

The key is carefully integrating carbon farming within an existing production system by choosing the highest-and-best-use for each land area on a farm. Not by blanket planting wall-to-wall trees or taking valuable farmland out of production.

Project Stages

We break things into a simple step-by-step approach

3 – 6 months

1. Feasibility

Project scoping
Financial modelling
Risk assessment

2. Sign-off

Eligibility checks
Securing project finance
Offtake agreements
Service Agreements

6 - 12 months

3. Design & Planning

Detailed Planning
Approvals & Registration
Ordering and prep

4. Establishment

Site works
Planting / baselining
Documentation

10 - 25 years

5. MRV

Monitoring, reporting & verification
Property & project management
Credit issuance

6. Selling credits

Trading your carbon

Examples

200 Hectare Reforestation Project on a 3,000 Hectare Property in New England, NSW

Project Strategy:

Plant shelter belts and wildlife corridors. Trees in the ground for 25 years or more.

 

Project Goal:

Drawdown 369 tonnes of carbon per Ha across project lifetime (FullCAM modelled yield). 

 

DIY Opportunity:

To reduce costs, landowner will do site-prep and are taking on project coordination. 

Results for the Landowner

Average carbon price over 25 years​** $30 $50
Landowner carbon units over 25 years*
46,070
46,070
Gross profit at 25 years​​
$950k
$1.9M
Gross profit per hectare per annum, over 25 years​​
$190
$384
Cost to produce each carbon credit​​
$8.90
$8.90
Upfront cost
$383k
$383k
Additional lifetime costs
$160k
$160k

* Factors in 100 credits per year + 2.5% of credits to the CFF.

**See www.accus.com.au to make your own price assumptions.

2,000 Hectare Soil Carbon Project on a 9,700 Hectare Property in WA's Great Southern Region

Project Strategy: 

Planned stubble retention, no till practices, multi-species perennials, rotational grazing and the application of nutrients across 25 years over a 9,700 Ha property.

 

Project Goals:

Increase soil organic carbon by 0.29% across project lifetime, drawing down 82.5 tonnes of carbon per Ha.

 

DIY Opportunity: 

To reduce costs, the landowner will write their own Land Management Strategy using CFF template, coordinate the project and keep detailed project records to limit consultant site visits.

Results for the Landowner

Average carbon price over 25 years​** $30 $50
Landowner carbon units over 25 years*
400,740
400,740
Gross profit at 25 years​​
$11M 
$19M 
Gross profit per hectare per annum, over 25 years​​
$222 
$382 
Cost to produce each carbon credit​​
$2.28 
$2.28 
Upfront cost
$159k 
$159k 
Additional lifetime costs
$780k 
$780k 

* Factors in 100 credits per year + 2.5% of credits to the CFF.

**See www.accus.com.au to make your own price assumptions.

558 Hectare Plantation Forestry project on a 620 Hectare Property in Gippsland, VIC

Project Strategy: 

Establish a new 30-year (long-rotation) plantation of native trees. Plantation activities to be maintained for 25 years or more. 

 

Project Goals:

Drawdown 178 tonnes of carbon per Ha across project lifetime (FullCAM modelled yield).

 

DIY Opportunity: 

To reduce costs, landowner will coordinate the project. 

Results for the Landowner

Average carbon price over 25 years​** $30 $50
Landowner carbon units over 25 years*
56,497
56,497
Gross profit at 25 years​​
$1.4M 
$2.5M
Gross profit per hectare per annum, over 25 years​​
$114
$204
Cost to produce each carbon credit​​
$4.6
$4.6
Upfront cost
$21k 
$21k 
Additional lifetime costs
$237k 
$237k 

* Factors in 100 credits per year + 2.5% of credits to the CFF.

**See www.accus.com.au to make your own price assumptions.