Carbon Friendly® has developed a unique GHG emissions simulation model that compares the carbon footprint of the farm’s base year crop, when the farmer first introduced the new practice, against the current crop that is being marketed.
The uniqueness of the mechanism is that it communicates the grower’s progress, without comparing it to other products on the shelf – thereby declaring: I am concerned, I am measuring, and I am continuously improving the sustainability levels of my crops.
The scientific basis and methodology of the carbon footprint model is based on proven and published scientific research studies, inter alia, written by Dr Francois Visser from Carbon Friendly® Pty Ltd. The methodology is rooted in the international GHG Protocol carbon accounting standard and calibrated, inter alia, following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines. The modelling methodology is based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach with a “cradle-to-farm gate” system boundary perspective. All analyses require site-specific primary data sources (e.g. farm data) for foreground life cycle inventory (LCI) data, combined with published scientific data and guidelines for validation and bench marking.
A typical assessment will quantify all the emissions resulting from inputs like fertilisers, chemicals, energy, etc., but importantly also determine what carbon credits or sinks have been generated through soil carbon sequestration and the protection of native vegetation zones.
A production system can become certified Carbon Friendly® if there has been a significant reduction in GHG emissions per unit of production between the base year and assessment year. A production system where there is a net sequestration of carbon (GHG sinks exceed emissions), will be certified as Carbon Friendly® with credits.
Each Carbon Friendly® assessment is third party audited by AUS-QUAL, the leading certifying body in Australia in the food industry. This includes a detailed verification of compliance and the consistent application of the methodology against the Standard, including self-determined site visits to farmers to undertake assessments to verify previous audit outcomes.
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AUS-QUAL is a certification body providing conformity assessment services for Quality Management- and Product Certification Systems. AUS-QUAL in general operates in the wider Australian and New Zealand agricultural, horticultural and secondary processing sectors.
This ISO standard specifies the principles and requirements and provides guidance at the project level for the quantification, monitoring and reporting of activities intended to cause greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions or removal enhancements. The standard further states the requirements for planning a GHG project, identifying and selecting GHG sources, sinks and reservoirs (SSRs) relevant to the project and baseline scenario, monitoring, quantifying, documenting and reporting GHG project performance and managing data quality.
Farmers can trade their carbon credits on the Carbon Friendly Solutions trading platform.