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How does partnering with Carbon Neutral help the environment?

Purchasing in the carbon market or assisting with reforestation has numerous benefits for the environment, some examples are:

  • The purchase and surrender of carbon offsets will reduce carbon in the atmosphere.
  • The Plant-a-Tree program helps restore Australian biodiverse habitat, and contributes to expanding a natural carbon sink.
  • We can help with implementing energy reduction strategies that minimise your impact.

Does reducing carbon emissions save money?

Financial savings can be achieved by improving your operational efficiency and reducing your carbon footprint. Developing a carbon management plan that sets targets and measures is recommended as the next step once you have identified your carbon footprint as this generally improves your efficiency and reduces your costs as well delivering environmental benefits.

Which countries does Carbon Neutral work in?

We work with organisations from around the globe to offset their emissions; climate does not heed country boundaries.  We also source international offsets from a variety of countries, both advanced and developing nations.

Is my purchase tax deductible?

Carbon Neutral Pty Ltd is a ‘profit for purpose’ company. The purchase of trees or carbon offsets may be a tax deductible business expense but organisations will need to seek their own independent tax advice.

Carbon Offsetting

What are carbon offsets?

A carbon offset is generated by an activity that either prevents the release, reduces, or removes GHG emissions from the atmosphere. Negating your unavoidable emissions is possible through the purchase of carbon offsets. Offsets can be purchased by anyone and can be used to balance all or part of emissions measured.

What is carbon offsetting?

Carbon offsetting is a market-based mechanism and is typically transacted in metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e). Purchasing one tonne of carbon offset means there will be one less tonne of carbon dioxide (or an equivalent greenhouse gas) in the atmosphere than there otherwise would have been.

What is the voluntary market, and what is the compliance market?

Organisations volunteer to offset their carbon emissions in the Voluntary Market, by purchasing carbon credits that reduce the amount of CO2-e in the atmosphere. They do not have any legal or other obligation to offset their organisational carbon emissions.

The Compliance (or Regulatory) Market is where relevant legislation requires companies to measure and report their organisational carbon emissions.

What are accredited / unaccredited offsets?

Accredited carbon offset projects are assessed, verified and certified under strictly regulated and controlled global standards that comply with the Kyoto Protocol Mechanism. Projects must comply with strict standards, they have to undergo independent verification through third parties and they are subject to regular and ongoing review and auditing mechanisms. Accredited offsets can be used in both the Compliance as well as the Voluntary Markets.

Unaccredited offsets do not have to comply with any standards; the project developer can apply its own guidelines or protocols, and projects do not have to undergo the same rigorous mechanisms as accredited offsets. Unaccredited offsets can only be used in the Voluntary market, they are not acceptable in the Compliance Market.

What certification standards does Carbon Neutral use?

Our reforestation projects have been certified under the Gold Standard Foundation Land Use and Forestry certification. These credits are Gold Standard Verified Emission Reductions (VERs).

We also sell unaccredited Biodiverse Reforestation Carbon Offsets (BRCOs) from our reforestation projects.

Oher typical international standards that Carbon Neutral source for clients are VCS, REDDs and CDM CERs. Carbon Neutral is also licensed to sell ACCUs.

Trees

Why trees?

Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen. They clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink and provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s biodiversity.

Additionally, forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, and are key ingredients in one quarter of all medicines. They capture and slow down water in places that are at risk of floods. A single tree can be home to hundreds of species of insect, fungi, moss, mammals, and plants. All the benefits of planting trees and reforesting are too numerous to list!

What species do you plant, where and when?

Species planted are predominantly drought-tolerant Eucalypts and woody-stemmed Acacias that are endemic to the area. We plant over 60 species of trees and shrubs to encourage biodiversity.  We do not plant a monoculture.

Our Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor plantings are located in the northern wheatbelt of Southwestern Australia, an area where up to 97% of the land has been cleared.

Trees are planted after the first rains of winter – generally between June and August. This ensures adequate water availability to give the trees and shrubs a great start.

How is carbon measured in trees?

Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and store the carbon in their leaves, branches, stems, bark and roots. Approximately half the dry weight of a tree’s biomass is carbon. One tonne of C = 3.67 tonnes of ‘carbon dioxide equivalent’ (CO2-e).

We measure woody biomass (stems, leaves and roots). On-ground measurement of carbon is based on detailed growth models using specie specific allometric equations to reflect the amount of carbon stored in the forest. These measurements and sampling techniques are approved by the international Gold Standard Foundation. Carbon Neutral is also a contributor under CSIRO’s project “CFI Methodology and Tool Development – Estimation of change in biomass carbon in complex woody systems”.

How are the trees protected?

Our planting sites are legally protected by a 100 year Carbon Right and Carbon Covenant which is registered on the land title. This means the current landowner (and subsequent landowners if sites are sold) must not damage or remove trees for 100 years.  This also complies with the Kyoto Protocol.

Unlike monocultures, biodiverse plantings are more resilient to fire. But we also employ a number of fire protection strategies including geographic separation, firebreaks and control measures. Fire insurance is annually renewed and held for 3 years after which eucalyptus woodland’s natural adaptations survive though bushfire.



				
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