Land Based

Beyond Neutral® is one of only five accredited verification companies in Australia listed on the Australian Government’s Greenhouse Friendly™ Independent Verification Panel that can undertake verification of projects in the Land Use Change and Forestry sector.

We have a wide range of land based projects and experience across almost a decade.  These have been built upon both practical rural experience and formal education in sustainable agriculture, land management and landscape rehabilitation.

Avoided Deforestation

Our director was a director of the company that completed the “Minding The Carbon Store” avoided deforestation project in Queensland.  This was the world’s first multi-million dollar project buying land clearing permits, generating verified emission reductions and selling accredited Greenhouse Friendly™ abatement from avoided deforestation.  The project saved approximately 13,000 ha of biologically diverse habitat from being cleared, preventing 1,250,000 tonnes of emissions from being released and demonstrating that market mechanisms and verified emission reductions can stop forest destruction; a model now promoted internationally.  In 2007, the project was a Banksia Award finalist and an United Nations Association Climate Change Award finalist.

Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU)

Agriculture, forestry and bio-sequestration projects and experience include:

  • Contributing Author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF), Chapter 2 “Implications of Different Definitions and Generic Issues”, published in 2000.
  • Prior to a client’s submission to Greenhouse Friendly™ for approval of its sequestration projects, a review and detailed advice was provided on their Greenhouse Friendly™ Eligibility Statement, Emission/ Abatement Study and Project Management Plan.  Following incorporation of our advice, the project was successfully verified with no major or minor corrective action requests.
  • Provided a rapid assessment of the usability of National Carbon Accounting System’s Toolbox and FullCAM.
  • Review of the Agriculture Sector’s involvement within the Greenhouse Challenge’s Third Party Recruitment process and the Greenhouse Allies program which included Dairy and Rice farmers, Fruit and Vegetable growers and processors, a farmers’ representative body and a landscape remediation group.
  • Review of the performance of the whole Greenhouse Allies program covering amongst others, a State based wine manufacturers association and sequestration projects across two regions.
  • As a part of a consultancy looking at the carbon farming potential of indigenous lands across Australia, coordinated the scientific input from the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Accounting.
  • Provided Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) case studies using hypothetical scenarios and/or based on real projects covering avoided deforestation, plantation forestry, revegetation and catchment scale projects to Australian and USA governments for the sixth UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 6).
  • Developed a CDM “Step-by-Step Guide” for use by Australia and the international community prior to COP 6.
  • Used remote sensing data and various land cover criteria to undertake analysis of the percentage of forest captured by various forest cover criteria.
  • Researched the biomass carbon content across latitudes/ countries/ vegetation types, as well as rates of ARD (Af/Re/Deforestation).
  • Provided technical and editorial input, review, analysis and comment on various chapters in the IPCC Special Report on LULUCF, in addition to being a Contributing Author to Chapter 2.
  • Conducted a review for National Greenhouse Gas Inventory on industrial wastewater treatment and methane recovery data across nine agricultural processing sectors in Australia.

We have presented to a variety of agricultural and forestry organisations on issues of carbon sequestration and the creation of carbon credits.  Topics have included:

  • Soil carbon and its role and applicability in future emissions trading systems to Irrigation Australia conference.
  • Options and requirements for carbon trading from farm forestry derived sequestration to farm forestry network committee.
  • Carbon trading, accreditation of bio-sequestration and the science of climate change to farm forestry network AGM.
  • Greenhouse options for municipal councils, regional development authorities and natural resource management groups to an Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology’s conference.