Trees absorb carbon from the atmosphere and store it as wood.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and many
farmers are already seeing the impacts of global climate change on
Every farm generates emissions through its operations. Understanding sources and volumes of emissions means farmers can better plan for the future. To protect the environment and meet rapidly evolving market and government requirements, it is important for landholders to consider mitigation strategies to reduce their overall emissions.
Tree planting and farm forestry are important solutions for landholders looking to achieve carbon neutrality.
All farms have sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The main
processes and activities that contribute to emissions on Tasmanian farms
The amount of greenhouse gas emitted by a farm enterprise depends on the nature of the business and its management processes. Tree planting programs are an important tool to consider as a suite of mitigation strategies.
Did you know?
In Australia, agriculture contributes about 13% of total greenhouse gas emissions – the third biggest sector.
Planting trees is an effective way to improve the carbon balance on farms and offer sustainable materials and fuel sources.
As soon as a tree starts to grow, it actively absorbs carbon from the atmosphere and stores it in its trunk, branches, bark, roots and leaves.
The amount of carbon sequestered depends on species, age and size of the tree, and site conditions. Younger trees sequester carbon more rapidly, before slowing later in the tree’s lifecycle.
Trees offer a sustainable alternative to materials such as metal,
concrete and plastic, which emit more carbon dioxide during their
lifecycle. After trees are harvested and processed into wood products, a
large percentage of the carbon continues to be stored until the wood
product decays or is burnt.
Biofuel from trees also provides an alternative to burning fossil fuels for energy – a leading source of greenhouse gas pollution.
Learn more about tree planting and management for carbon reduction, including case studies from Tasmanian farms:
By 2030, it is highly likely that Tasmanian farming businesses will be required to be carbon neutral.
Landholders can use carbon sequestration to diversify income streams in two primary ways: by selling carbon credits, or by insetting their greenhouse gas emissions to achieve a balance and access the net zero market.
Produce from net zero farms is becoming increasingly sought-after, and is likely to become a market standard in the near future.
Improving emissions on a farm is not just good for the environment. It creates market opportunities, generates passive income, improves soil health and fosters more sustainable farm operations.
As a first step, landholders are advised to identify the main sources of emissions on their farms and calculate the volume of emissions.
From there, you can create an emissions-reduction strategy based on your results. This could include planting trees alongside other mitigation activities.
The Farm Forestry Carbon Tool enables landholders to quickly gain a picture of their carbon impact and the potential for tree offset opportunities. In less than two minutes, you can estimate current emissions and determine how many trees are required to make your operations carbon neutralFarm Forestry Carbon Tool
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