Louisa Kiely

  • Director, Carbon Farmers of Australia
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I am passionate about agriculture and the role agriculture can play in drawing down CO2 from the air, to prevent the worst effects of climate change and improve the productivity of farming land. I am particularly focused on the role of soil carbon for improved water holding capacity and soil structure.

We are working in Australia with the Government’s Direct Action Policy – which has several methodologies available for the Land Sector to participate. We have a concept of a whole-of-farm carbon audit to enable farmers to choose which ‘methods’ are applicable to their farm – both emissions reductions and sequestration. Farmers can earn Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU’s) for their efforts and can bid into the Emissions Reduction Fund to be paid for their efforts.

These methods, once established and proven, can be taken overseas to help poor farmers to do the same and be paid by the big polluters. That is my ultimate goal.