Orana region ERF projects showcased at annual Carbon Farming Conference


Orana region ERF projects showcased at annual Carbon Farming Conference

The Annual Carbon Farming Conference and Expo, now in it’s 8th year, was held 8-9 July in Albury. It brought together farmers, carbon experts and Government information sources with the aim of exploring opportunities for the land sector under the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The ERF replaced the previous Carbon Farming Initiative; in addition to expanding the program to include non-agricultural businesses, the ERF has added new “methods” that can be used to generate carbon credits.

Conference participants shared information and their experiences engaging with the ERF, and overcoming obstacles to participating. RDA Orana CEO, Felicity Taylor-Edwards spoke about the organisation’s role in promoting participation in the ERF, first by raising awareness of the fund and then identifying and assisting those businesses that may be interested in participating in future. “The ERF offers a range of opportunities to diversify the region’s economic base, one of RDA Orana’s key objectives”, Felicity said. “At the same time, it helps achieve important environmental outcomes”.

The Carbon Cocky awards are a feature of the conference, recognising outstanding contributions by individuals and/or businesses in a range of categories. Peter Yench, a previous member of the RDA Orana committee, was a finalist in the Carbon Cocky awards. “Peter’s dedication to and enthusiasm for the concept of carbon farming has seen him participate successfully in the ERF. His work has also raised awareness and helped pave the way for others in the Cobar area to participate. We are delighted that his efforts have been recognised through this nomination” Felicity said.

More than 50 land owners across the Orana region successfully participated in the first Emissions Reduction Fund auction for carbon credits, securing approximately $250 million from the $2.55 billion fund. Inspired by this success, Regional Development Australia Orana is continuing to promote the ERF as a potential source of additional income for landholders and other businesses and a means of achieving environmental outcomes in the region.

“However, carbon sequestration projects are not the only option for landholders in the Orana region; a range of “methods” that are appropriate to various business types are available. We can also assist smaller operators who cannot develop eligible projects alone but are interested in partnering with other businesses to participate in “aggregated” projects.”

Further information is available from RDA Orana.

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