What's on the way
When we look after our soil, the environmental and economic benefits are huge, with improved agricultural productivity and soil resilience and reduced emissions. That’s why we’re investing in monitoring, improving and protecting it with a range of soil carbon initiatives.
Supported through the National Soil Carbon Data Program ($8 million).
Supported through the National Soil Carbon Innovation Challenge ($37 million).
They can earn carbon credits to sell when they implement management practices to store soil carbon.
Put to good use
Additional income for farmers and improved agricultural productivity.
Soil carbon projects can generate carbon credits that provide additional income for farmers while improving agricultural productivity and soil resilience. Each carbon credit represents one tonne of carbon stored, and the credits can be sold to the Government or business wanting to offset their emissions.
Farmers can access this through the Emissions Reduction Fund
How soil carbon storage works
Under $3 per hectare per year
Reducing the costs of measuring soil carbon to under $3 per hectare per year is our goal. At this cost, more farmers can monitor the carbon in their soils and be recognised for their contribution to reducing emissions, enabling more informed management and changes that store more carbon.
Hear from Australian farmers who are taking action to store more carbon in their soils.
THE OLSENS' SOIL CARBON PROJECT (Vic)
Farmers Niels and Marja Olsen are using the soil carbon method of the Emissions Reduction Fund to earn Australian Carbon Credit Units (carbon credits).
How soil carbon technologies are lowering emissions and improving soil health and productivity.