Unlocking Soil Potential - Advocating for Credits in New Zealand's Emissions Trading Scheme for Carbon-Sequestering Farmers


  Added 3 weeks ago

  By Hawke's Bay Future Farming Trust

Unlocking Soil Potential - Advocating for Credits in New Zealand's Emissions Trading Scheme for Carbon-Sequestering Farmers

A Scottish expert in agronomy suggests that New Zealand farmers should receive credits for sequestering soil carbon, a practice not currently recognized under the existing Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). While the government is contemplating improvements to the ETS, including the consideration of methods beyond forestry, such as on-farm sequestration and blue carbon, soil carbon sequestration may become a viable option.

Gordon Rennie, an oat grower and advisor for the Soil Association of Scotland, expressed surprise that New Zealand farmers cannot currently earn credits for enhancing soil carbon sequestration, unlike their counterparts in the United Kingdom. He emphasizes the global potential of soils to sequester large amounts of carbon and advocates for recognizing the value of grassland in carbon sequestration, provided it is managed appropriately.

Rennie encourages farmers to measure soil carbon, implement practices to increase organic matter (such as adding herbal mixes and reducing ploughing), and optimize soil pH to promote nutrient efficiency. He cites an example of a livestock farm in Scotland that achieved carbon neutrality by enhancing soil health, offsetting the emissions from its cattle.

Rennie believes that recognizing and rewarding farmers for regenerative practices is essential, as agricultural companies, including dairy cooperative Fonterra, are committing to net-zero goals. Fonterra aims for a 30% intensity reduction in on-farm emissions by 2030, acknowledging that collaboration with farmers is crucial to achieving net-zero targets.


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