The Red Meat industry is committed to a target of net zero emissions by 2030 and Australia is committed to net zero by 2050.
Increasing soil and vegetation carbon is one of the greatest tools we have to reduce emissions and can be achieved through improving farming practices. At the same time, the carbon market is growing, offering new revenue streams for savvy and sustainable farmers.
But measuring soil carbon can cost farmers millions and even when farmers do have the data, it is difficult to calculate the sequestration potential of land and understand how much carbon they should retain and how much they should sell.
These factors are majors barrier for farmers who want to proactively manage soil health and participate in thecarbon market.
The project team is devising a tool to accurately and affordably measure soil carbon in Australian rangelands, unlocking 75% of the country’s landmass to reach it’s carbon sequestration potential.
The new tool will be driven by data models that use biomass and vegetation measured via satellite imagery, as proxies for soil carbon.
The team will establish a baseline measure of carbon in soil and woody cover vegetation (trees) across Australian rangelands. It will also measure change in carbon over time and to advise industry on carbon management and sequestration opportunities.
AACo is Australia’s largest landholder and biggest red meat producer. It owns one per cent (6.4m hectares) of Australia’s landmass across varied landscapes in Queensland and the Northern Territory, making it the ideal data source for the validation of new carbon measurement and modelling approaches that can be scaled for national benefit.
· New affordable, accurate carbon measurement tools using remote sensing
· Increase in carbon sequestration by Australian farmers, potentially transforming the livestock industry into a net carbon sequesterer
· New revenue streams for savvy and sustainable farmers to trade carbon