An Introduction to Carbon Farming in Western Australian

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Carbon farming offers an opportunity for farmers and other landowners to increase the amount of carbon stored in soil and vegetation (sequestration) or reduce emissions from livestock, soil or vegetation (avoidance).  The WA Government supports carbon farming through the WA Carbon Farming and Land Restoration Program (CF-LRP),  the Carbon for Farmers Voucher Program and the provision of education and outreach workshops and materials.

Why consider carbon farming?

Storing carbon and caring for landscapes is a key theme of the Western Australian Climate Policy which sets out the State's plan for a climate-resilient community and prosperous low-carbon future. 

While agriculture is an emitter of greenhouse gases, it is also well-placed to use a range of land-based activities that help Australia meet its domestic and international emissions reduction obligations.

Carbon farming projects use legislated Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) methods that generate Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs), a tradeable commodity. These carbon credits offer are an asset that can provide an additional income stream and  environmental, social and economic co-benefits.

When assessing the viablility of a carbon farming project, the landowner should assess:

  • establishment and maintenance costs
  • return on investment
  • administration and reporting requirements
  • permanence obligations for sequestration projects (25 or 100 years)
  • long term business goals and farm operations; and
  • the co-benefits, such as soil health, agricultural productivity and salinity mitigation.

Further Information

Information about how to set up a carbon farming project, the ERF methods, ACCUs and co-benefits can be found on DPIRD's CF-LRP Resources page. 

For queries, please email CarbonFarming@dpird.wa.gov.au.

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