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FPJ0103 Article - Climate Change Policies and their Impacts on Australian Farmers

Keogh, M
Farm Policy Journal, November 2004, Volume 1, Number 3, pp. 14 - 24 (11 pages)



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Australia's Emissions Trading Scheme - Knowledge Gaps and Research Needs for Primary Industries

A particular challenge for agriculture are the difficulties associated with accurately estimating and monitoring the greenhouse emissions that are attributed to the sector under international greenhouse accounting standards.

The research was carried out before the Australian Government released its 2008 Green Paper identifying a preferred option for the design of a national greenhouse emissions trading scheme. For that reason some of the assumptions made about the proposed design of the ETS may no longer be valid, although the broad implications of the ETS for Australian farm businesses remain appropriate, and the research and information needs have not changed as a consequence of the specifics of the Green Paper – which are still subject to potential change when legislation is enacted in 2009.

The proposed introduction of a greenhouse emissions trading scheme (ETS) in Australia will present some particular challenges and opportunities for Australian agriculture, irrespective of whether businesses in the sector become direct participants in the ETS, or remain non-participants but need to manage the higher farm input costs and other changes that the ETS will inevitably bring.

The research reported here was commissioned by Land and Water Australia, and aims to consider some of the implications of the ETS for farm businesses, and then to identify the key information and research needs that the sector will have to address in order to respond to the challenges and opportunities the ETS will present.

Full Report
October 2008, pp. 1 - 62 (62 pages)
Publisher: Australian Farm Institute
Author: Australian Farm Institute - Keogh, M

ISBN: 978-0-9805475-5-5-9


Agriculture, Greenhouse and Emissions Trading Conference 2009 - Proceedings

The speakers and transcripts included in this report are:

The Australian Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, and the role of agriculture. Anthea Harris. Australian Government Department of Climate Change.

Some economic implications of the CPRS for Australian agriculture.David Pearce. Centre for International Economics.

The impact of the CPRS on the energy sector. Paul Balfe. Acil-Tasman.

Implications of the CPRS for Australian meat and dairy processors.Robert Poole. Murray-Goulburn.

Emission accounting: What are the international rules applicable to agriculture? Ian Carruthers. Australian Government Department of Climate Change.

The views of the environment sector concerning Australia’s CPRS and the role of agriculture. Paul Toni. WWF-Australia.

Sequestration options: the future role of carbon sink forests under the CPRS.
John Stanton. A3P Australia.

Agricultural sequestration and mitigation: what are the realistic options for ruminant livestock? Roger Hegarty. NSW Department of Primary Industries.   

Agricultural sequestration and mitigation options: what are the realistic options for soil sequestration? Evelyn Krull. CSIRO Land and Water.

How can agriculture be included in an emissions trading scheme? Some thoughts from New Zealand. Suzi Kerr. MOTU Economics and Policy Research.

The ‘Point of Obligation’ question: Should processors or farmers be made responsible for farm-level emissions in Australia? Tom McGuire, Teys Brothers.   

The voluntary soil carbon market in the USA. Is this a viable model for Australia?
David Miller. Iowa Farm Bureau and Agragate Climate Credits Corporation.   

The 2009 AGET conference took place on the 6th and 7th of May 2009 in Maroochydore, thanks to the sponsorship of the National Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industry (CCRSPI).

This report includes the speakers presentations transcripts as well as the panel discussions transcripts. It covers the topics related to climate change and agriculture especially in Australia after the publication of the withe paper of the CPRS.

Full Report
May 2009, pp. 1 -114(114 pages)
Publisher: Australian Farm Institute
Author: Australian Farm Institute
ISBN- 978-0-9806912-8-3 (Web)
ISBN- 978-0-9806912-7-6 (Print)


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