GreenCollar works with farmers, graziers and other land managers across Australia to diversify income streams and integrate sustainable opportunities into existing operations.
Below, GreenCollar's Queensland business manager Mark Lincoln discusses the most important things to know about carbon farming if you're considering it for your property and business.
Carbon farming is good for the environment and the bank account
"As a landholder, undertaking a carbon project means that you'll be earning income through management changes that look after the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions or by storing carbon in vegetation and soil on your property," Mr Lincoln said.
It's happening all over Australia
"Landholders in every state and territory throughout Australia have signed up to over 770 different carbon projects," he said.
It supports productivity
"A carbon project will be designed to integrate into your production system to achieve a better bottom line. It's for you to decide if it suits operations and profitability."
It doesn’t lock up land
"The way you manage your land is up to you and will determine the carbon value of a carbon farming project."
Livestock and carbon farming can coexist
"Under suitable grazing management regimes carbon projects and grazing operations coexist."
Carbon is a valuable commodity that can be managed and promoted
"Many landholders aren’t receiving the full value of their land. Carbon projects provide repayment for important environmental services that have previously been undervalued."
Carbon farming offers the opportunity to diversify
"An additional income from carbon farming provides landholders with resilient earnings that are not dependent on commodity prices. A supplementary income allows more room to move and to make timely decisions about the rest of your business."
How long a carbon farming project lasts is up to you
"A project agreement runs for a minimum of 25 years however, with this choice there is a 20 per cent deduction in carbon value. You can opt for a project permanence of 100 years to gain the full value from carbon farming."
You can share risk and responsibilities
"The risks associated with carbon farming don’t have to lie solely with the landholder. Under GreenCollar’s model, we're the project proponent and we take on the carbon abatement contract. GreenCollar is in business with our landholders throughout the life of the project and is responsible for meeting delivery obligations."
The right knowledge and support makes carbon farming easy
"There is a lot to understand about carbon farming, but you don’t have to do it alone. GreenCollar are professionals but we’re also friendly and ‘paddock tested’. We're always ready to answer your questions and provide information at any stage of the project process."