The Australian Government manages policies and programs to support Australia’s agriculture and land sectors to reduce emissions.
Agriculture and Land Sector Plan
The Australian Government is developing a net zero plan. The plan will outline how we can transition our economy to net zero emissions by 2050. Six sectoral decarbonisation plans will, between them, cover all major components of the economy.
We are working with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to develop the agriculture and land sector plan.
Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU) Scheme
We support the agriculture and land sector to reduce emissions through the Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU) Scheme.
The scheme helps Australian businesses to:
- reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they produce
- undertake activities that capture and store carbon.
Carbon credits can provide farmers and land managers with a source of income.
Learn more about the methods available under the ACCU Scheme.
Reducing methane from livestock
Methane from livestock makes up around 10% of national emissions. There are currently limited options to reduce these emissions, especially in grazing systems.
Our R&D programs aim to develop solutions to reduce methane emissions from livestock through to commercialisation.
These programs contribute to action under the Global Methane Pledge.
Improving soil carbon storage and measurement
Improving soil carbon storage can help us to reach net zero emissions.
Our R&D programs will help more farmers to measure and manage their soil carbon levels. They also support improvements to the way we measure national soil carbon levels.
Supporting farmers and land managers
The Carbon Farming Outreach Program will provide training and advice about carbon farming. This support will help farmers and land managers, including First Nations people, to make decisions to reduce emissions.
The program includes the development of a training package and tools and grants for independent and trusted advisers to provide advice and support to farmers and land managers across Australia.
Find out more about the Carbon Farming Outreach Program.
- Our climate change strategies
- The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s climate change strategies.