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Model-based soil carbon method now available

03 August 2015

A new method is available for use as part of the Emissions Reduction Fund:

A model-based soil carbon project 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.

The model-based soil carbon method requires at least one of the specific land management actions to be undertaken:

  • sustainable intensification, requiring management actions such as nutrient management, new irrigation, managing soil acidity or pasture renovation
  • stubble retention, where crop residue that was previously removed through burning or baling is retained in field, and
  • conversion to pasture, where land under continuous cropping is permanently converted to pasture.

The model-based soil carbon method estimates changes in soil carbon on agricultural land using default soil carbon enhancement values that were derived from FullCAM modelling and are provided in the CFI Mapping Tool. The method is an alternative to the sequestering carbon in soils in grazing systems method, which applies to projects in grazing systems where changes in soil carbon stocks are estimated through direct measurement. Together the two methods offer participants the option to select the approach that best suits the circumstances of their project.

Applications for projects using this method can now be made to the Clean Energy Regulator. See Want to participate in the Emissions Reduction Fund for more information about how to apply.


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