Beyond Neutral® was one of only five accredited verification companies in Australia listed on the independent verifier panel for Greenhouse Friendly™ able to verify projects in the Land Use Change and Forestry sector.
- Greenhouse Friendly™ was Australia’s original carbon offset approval and carbon neutral accreditation scheme, predecessor to CER, NCOS and Climate Active
Our involvement with land based climate change projects has been built upon both practical rural experience and formal education in sustainable agriculture, land management and landscape rehabilitation.
Our Director was a director of the company that completed the Queensland avoided deforestation (now known as REDD) project, “Minding the Carbon Store”.
This multi-million dollar project:
- was a world first
- was, at the time, Australia’s largest carbon trade
- bought land clearing permits, generated verified emission reductions and sold the accredited Greenhouse Friendly™ avoided deforestation abatement to emitters.
- saved approximately 13,000 ha of biologically diverse habitat from being cleared
- prevented 1.25 million tonnes of emissions from being released
- demonstrated 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 bio-sequestration projects and our Director’s 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
- 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.
- Reviewing and providing advice on an offset project’s Eligibility Statement, Emission/ Abatement Study and Project Management Plan prior to submission.
- Following incorporation of our advice, the project was successfully verified with no major or minor corrective action requests
- Rapid assessment of the usability of Australia’s National Carbon Accounting System’s (NCAS) Toolbox and FullCAM
- Review of agriculture sector’s involvement within the Greenhouse Challenge’s third party recruitment process and the Greenhouse Allies program
- these were Australian Government’s emissions reporting and action planning programs
- included dairy and rice farmers, fruit and vegetable growers and processors plus a farmers’ representative body and a landscape remediation group
- Reviewing the performance of the whole Greenhouse Allies program covering amongst others, a State based wine manufacturers’ association and sequestration projects across two regions
- Being 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
- Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) case studies developed using hypothetical scenarios and/or based on real projects
- covering avoided deforestation, plantation forestry, revegetation and catchment scale projects
- provided to the Australian and USA governments for COP6 (the sixth UNFCCC Conference of the Parties)
- Developing a CDM “Step-by-Step Guide” for use by Australia and the international community prior to COP 6
- Using remote sensing data and various land cover criteria to undertake analysis of the percentage of forest captured by various forest cover criteria
- Researching the biomass carbon content across latitudes/ countries/ vegetation types, as well as rates of ARD (Af/Re/Deforestation)
- Reviewing industrial wastewater treatment and methane recovery data across nine agricultural processing sectors in Australia for the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory (NGGI)
We have been asked to make presentations to a variety of agricultural and forestry organisations on issues of carbon sequestration and the creation of carbon credits:
- 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 a farm forestry network committee
- Carbon trading, accreditation of bio-sequestration and the science of climate change to a farm forestry network’s AGM
- Climate change options for municipal councils, regional development authorities and natural resource management groups to an Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology’s conference