While direct emissions from agriculture are excluded indefinitely from liability under the carbon price mechanism, the agricultural sector currently accounts for approximately 15 per cent of Australia’s total emissions and there is great opportunity for abatement.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is supporting land managers to benefit from the economic opportunities of the carbon market, while assisting Australia in achieving its long term emission reduction targets. Mitigation in the land sector is a win-win for land managers. A number of mitigation actions inform farm management practices, improve productivity and increase the sector’s resilience to a changing climate.
DAFF is helping the agriculture sector achieve abatement through a range of activities.
The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) is an Australian Government scheme that will allow land managers to generate carbon credits and create new earning opportunities through a range of activities, such as manure management, fertiliser management, reduced livestock emissions and improved rangeland and cropland management.
The $1.7 billion Land Sector Package underpins mitigation actions in rural and regional Australia by supporting jobs, biodiversity and participation in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).
The Carbon Farming Futures program (CFF) is a component of the Land Sector Package specifically aimed at facilitating participation in the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). The CFF will fund the research and development of emissions reduction technologies and techniques and provide land managers with expert advice to make informed decisions about carbon farming.
Climate Change Mitigation Links
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE)
CSIRO – Sustainable Agriculture Flagship
Clean Energy Future Plan
Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI)
23 Mar 2012