Soil Carbon or Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) is the amount of carbon in the soil as a component of soil organic matter, plant and animal materials in the soil that are in various stages of decay.
SOC is the basis of soil fertility. It helps to it assists in the movement of nutrients for plant growth, promotes structure of the soil, biological health of the soil and water retention and availability.
A critical part of the carbon cycle, at the global scale the world’s soils holds twice the amount of the carbon that is found in the atmosphere or in vegetation.
In Australia, the SOC have dropped to below that of pre-agriculture levels in many areas. This is due to activities such as cultivation, burning, or inappropriate grazing practices. However, the amount of soil carbon does vary greatly according to the soil types, landscapes and climate within a region.
Increasing the amount of soil carbon has two key benefits:
A soil carbon project is one of the land-based options that are available under Australia’s Carbon Farming Initiative legislation. A soil carbon project is designed to increase the storage, or sequestration, of carbon within agricultural soil.
There are essentially six steps to running a soil carbon project:
Select Carbon has the expertise to help you through all stages of a soil carbon project, including this initial stage.
Our team will talk you through the carbon project and also your current and future management of your property to ensure this method fit into your broader business and land management.
Starting with initial discussions, we can progress to the due diligence stage. This is an in-depth assessment of your project area and business in relation to a soil carbon project.
Once we both establish that continuing this project is going to be profitable and productive for you and your business, we help facilitate the registration of your project and then transition the project to you once the risks of first measurement are removed.
Contact us for further information or to start your soil carbon journey.
Select Carbon (SC) is an authorised representative (CAR 001269062) of Carbon Farmers of Australia Pty Ltd (ABN 33 136 799 221, AFSL 430135). SC is authorised to provide financial services to wholesale clients (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001).