Today marks an important milestone in the transition of agriculture from a source of greenhouse gas emissions to significant carbon sink. Corporate Carbon has received the first carbon credits issued for a soil carbon project under the Emissions Reduction Fund.
“Not only will these soil carbon credits be the first to count towards Australia’s national targets under The Paris Agreement but they are the first soil credits worldwide to be eligible under Paris”, Corporate Carbon managing director Matthew Warnken said.
The credits were received by the Grounds Keeping Carbon Project, which showcases the work of a Victorian innovation and farming system that creates soil carbon in pastures at rates comparable with forests. The Soilkee Pasture Renovator combines cultivation, mulching, aeration and mixed species seeding to improve grazing systems and build soil carbon effectively. The higher the soil carbon levels the more productive and healthy the farm.
“We are very proud to have achieved this formal recognition for Soilkee,” founder, inventor and Gippsland farmer Niels Olsen said.
“The opportunity for expanding regenerative farming and building soil carbon at scale is phenomenal and we are now ramping up our production to deliver on this potential.”
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The soil carbon credits were presented to Corporate Carbon and Niels and Marja Olsen on their Hallora farm, at an issuance ceremony by the Chair of the Clean Energy Regulator David Parker.
Mr Parker said, “Soil carbon capture and sequestration is an innovative emissions reduction measure. There is a triple win in aiding international efforts to address climate resilience, improving soil health and food productivity, and the bottom line for farmers. This project is an example of the co-benefits that can be achieved under the Emissions Reduction Fund, and a beacon of innovation in the Agricultural sector.”
Australia is in a world-leading position on soil carbon due to the bipartisan support of successive Australian governments and the work of the Clean Energy Regulator and the Department of the Environment and Energy.
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“This first issuance of credits is as much a recognition of the cumulative effort from early soil carbon farming pioneers and practitioners, as it is a vote of confidence in the ability of soil carbon to deliver millions of tonnes of abatement in the future,” Mr Warnken said.
Corporate Carbon also announced the formal launch of AgriProve, a one-stop solution shop for soil carbon projects.
“AgriProve now becomes the special purpose vehicle for developing soil carbon projects,” AgriProve executive director Gary Wyatt said.
AgriProve has an ambitious agenda as the Soilkee commercial model is poised to be mainstreamed.
“Our immediate goal is to involve 100 farms, on 100 hectares, increasing soil carbon by one per cent over 100 months. The longer-term plan is to grow soil carbon farming exponentially,” Mr Wyatt said.
Farmers, landholders, project owners and developers that are interested in implementing soil carbon projects should contact AgriProve.