Wednesday, February 13, 2013

• THE COMPLEXITY INDEX hits a new high!

A landholder seeking to increase soil carbon levels or reduce emissions from from fertiliser to earn offset credits now has a new layer of complexity: you have to calculate the effects of background variability such as climate or rainfall. So says the  new Guidelines for Submitting Methodologies. A dry spell could inflate the impact of an N2O suppression project. The reverse – extra rainfall – could boost soil carbon stocks. The trouble is that the farmer would be getting more than they should if rainfall was normal. (What’s normal?) “The purpose of such adjustments is to ensure that reported abatement (and hence crediting) provides an accurate reflection of the impact of changes in management practices on carbon stocks over time. Unless such adjustments are made, credits could be issued for temporary abatement.” The Department does not dictate how to measure variability. That’s up to the to the meth applicant to suggest.

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