Carbon Farming Knowledge

Measurement of soil carbon sequestration in agricultural systems method

The measurement of soil carbon sequestration in agricultural systems method credits measured increases in soil carbon as a result of one or more new or materially different management activities in grazing or cropping land (including woody horticulture) that store carbon in that land.

Soil carbon stocks must be estimated using specified soil sampling methods and samples must be measured for soil carbon content using specified laboratory techniques or calibrated in-field sensors.

Is the measurement of soil carbon sequestration in agricultural systems method suitable for your business?
  • Are you looking to store carbon in soil in a grazing or cropping system, including perennial woody horticulture?
  • Are you willing to undertake one or more new land management activities to increase soil carbon?
  • Are you willing to measure the increase in soil carbon?
  • Are you willing to maintain stored carbon for at least 25 years after the first Australian carbon credits units are issued?

If you have answered yes to these questions, the measurement of soil carbon sequestration in agricultural systems method may be suitable for you.

Existing projects under the sequestering carbon in soils in grazing systems method may be eligible to transition to the measurement of soil carbon sequestration in agricultural systems method.

In situations where measuring increases in soil carbon is not suitable you may consider the estimating sequestration of carbon in soil using default values method.

Proponents will need to consider the legislative requirements and the requirements in the supplement for measurement of soil carbon sequestration in agricultural systems.

 

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