Across Australia, farmers, Traditional Owners and other land managers are doing the hard work of capturing or reducing carbon emissions by adapting how they manage the land. They are real climate heroes that we support through our projects.

There are four types of carbon projects that Go Neutral supports.

  1. Regeneration Projects
  2. Protection Projects
  3. Savanna Burning Projects
  4. Soil Projects

 

Here’s what they are and how they work:

Regeneration Projects

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Regeneration projects have multiple benefits for the land, native species and regional communities.

The Land – increased vegetation improves the overall health of the land. Vegetated land is better able to absorb and retain moisture, which makes it more resilient in the face of drought and able to bounce back better after challenging conditions. Increased vegetation also prevents erosion and the runoff of sediment into waterways.

Native Species – regeneration projects regrow native species rather than plant new species, so they help increase stocks of uniquely Australian trees and bushes including eucalypts, mulgas, bloodwood trees and many others. The regenerated forests and bushlands become home to native wildlife, creating important wildlife corridors and supporting some threatened or vulnerable species.

Regional Communities – the money that flows back to the farmers for their regenerative work often gets reinvested back into the land, paying for fencing, firebreaks and other farming infrastructure. Local businesses and contractors are often employed to do these works and jobs are also created as a result.

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Protection Projects

SAVANNAH BURNING PROJECTS


These projects involve working with Indigenous Elders in the Savannas of Northern Australia to carry out traditional firestick farming. Firestick farming has been practised by Aboriginal communities for tens of thousands of years. It improves the health of the land by setting cool burns (or spot fires) with small, controlled flames during the early, cool dry season. This avoids the build up of vegetation that can fuel large uncontrolled wildfires in the hotter months and reduces carbon emissions because smaller, cooler fires emit fewer emissions than large, hotter wildfires.These projects also deliver multiple benefits by supressing weeds and improving conditions for native wildlife, plants and grasses. It’s also used to improve cultural access to Country and creates job opportunities for Indigenous rangers.

SOIL PROJECTS


These projects seek to address changes in soil quality that have been brought about by the introduction of livestock, hooved animals and intensive farming practices, which European settlers introduced to Australia. These practices have depleted the carbon that is naturally stored in soil, releasing it into the atmosphere as CO2. Soil projects involve changing land management practices to reduce soil disturbance and return important nutrients to the land. This can include seeding new pasture, modifying the landscape, or redistributing soil with a view to improving the health and resilience of the soil.

Some of our projects


REVIVING NATIVE HABITAT IN QLD

Sitting on ancient land within Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef catchment area, this Catchment Conservation Alliance project is regenerating 2,300 hectares of native forest on land that’s historically been cleared for pasture.

REPAIRING RANGELANDS IN WA

In the vast rangelands of Western Australia, this project is regenerating over 37,000 hectares of native forest and shrublands in a region historically recognised for spectacular wildflowers and abundant birdlife.

CARBON PROJECTS AND HOW THEY WORK

Carbon dioxide can be naturally captured in soil, plants, trees, shrubs, wetlands, and even microorganisms, however too much carbon dioxide can be detrimental to the health of our planet. We unpack the carbon cycle, impacts of excess carbon, and how carbon projects help to remove carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF TREES AND PLANTS

Trees and plants are vital for a healthy, functioning planet. They clean our dirty air, store carbon in their trunks and branches, and filter our water resources. So it should come as no surpise that planting, preserving, and restoring trees and plants is vital to saving our planet from the negative impacts caused by climate change.

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HOW ARE CARBON PROJECTS MEASURED?

We thoroughly screen all the projects that we source from to make sure the carbon credits that we purchase and surrender on behalf of our customers are real and high quality. But how do we actually know how much carbon these projects sequester, and how do we use science to determine their integrity?

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