Energy Tree Cropping workshop brings carbon credit origination to mallee plantings

Thursday 2 August 2012
 
The Lake Cowal Conservation Centre in West Wyalong today hosted delegates of the Energy Tree Crop Workshop organised by Aurora Research and supported by Department of Primary Industries NSW.  Delegates were treated to a variety of presentations on energy tree crops, including integrating mallee eucalypts into farming systems to create substantial environmental and biodiversity benefits as well as advantages to farm income and electricity generation.
 
Mallee eucalypts are the species of choice for large-scale carbon farming initiatives because of their low rainfall tolerance and drought resistance, low maintenance needs, longevity and ability to store carbon above and below ground in tree trunks, branches and roots.
 
Matthew Warnken, Managing Director of Corporate Carbon Advisory, gave a presentation on the carbon value proposition of agribelts for energy. Matthew outlined, “The carbon pricing mechanism allows farmers and forest growers to create credits under the Carbon Farming Initiative [CFI] for carbon stored in the landscape.  Current positive list projects for the CFI include permanent mallee plantings in areas that receive less than 600 mm of rainfall a year.  Corporate Carbon is actively pursuing recognition of integrated agriculture, carbon and energy production through agribelt systems under the CFI.”
 
“Carbon bankability and certainty in terms of funding projects is vitally important to support the investment required in integrating mallee into farming systems as an energy tree crop.  There are also additional land sector measures by the federal government, such as Carbon Farming Futures, that may facilitate an easier and less-costly entry into compliant-ACCU [Australian carbon credit unit] origination by landholders.”
 
Corporate Carbon Advisory is experienced in assisting businesses and landholders in originating and monetising compliant-ACCUs to bring greenhouse abatement to the balance sheet. 
 
For further information, contact:
 
Matthew Warnken
Managing Director
Corporate Carbon Advisory
+61 418 238 040
matthew.warnken@corporatecarbon.com.au
www.corporatecarbon.com.au

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