Outback carbon An assessment of carbon storage, sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions in remote Australia

This report demonstrates that protecting and sequestering carbon in the Australian ‘outback’ provides cheap options to help Australia make deep and early cuts to the nations projected emissions.

The outback land management practices analysed in this report have the potential to provide early and achievable greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions:  9.79 billion tonnes of carbon is stored in the Australian outback, with an estimated additional 1.08 billion tonnes of carbon that can be stored there A total potential saving of approximately 1,300 Mt CO2-e1 can be achieved by 2050, with a 4% reduction in business-as-usual emissions by 2020, and a 5% reduction by 2030 the economic cost of implementation is in most cases lower than that of many of the industrial sector emissions reductions that are targeted by the Australian Government‘s proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) (most of these land management practices cost less than the estimated carbon price in the Australian emissions trading scheme or currently being discussed as interim pricing arrangements, apart from grazing management), with feral pest management identified as a ‗no regrets‘ initiative.

 

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