The Secondary Carbon Market

Is the Climate Solutions Fund (CSF) auction the only way to sell carbon in Australia?

The development of the ‘secondary market’.

While the Emissions Reduction Fund suits many Land Owners as it deals in BIG amounts of carbon, and has potential for a Government Guaranteed contract, there is increasingly more than one way to make the Carbon Market work for you!

Outside the CSF Auction, there is NOTHING to stop you undertaking a project, either with a Carbon Agent, or on your own.

Often this may be considered for either small projects, those who already sell direct to customers and/or those who are prepared to go to ‘polluters’ and make a direct deal.

Contact Louisa for details on the Secondary Market

Secondary Market Fundamentals

To undertake a project and NOT bid into the CSF Auction:

  1. Steps ONE to FOUR remain the same:
    1. Choose a ‘method’
    2. Register your project
    3. Implement your project
    4. Report & audit on project and claim your credits

At this point, you have ‘carbon credits’ (ACCUs) in your account. These are yours to sell or ‘save’ until the price is right if you wish.

Who will buy?

The ‘Secondary Market’ is just establishing in Australia. However, with the Paris Agreement having been signed, the Carbon Market in Australia looks set to become bigger and better over the next 25 years.

While the structure of the Policy post the CSF is yet to be announced, this will become clear in 2017. Due to the election and promises made in Paris, the Government is committed to continued reductions in Emissions.

Over the past 10 years, the structure is now settled and it would be unlikely that there would be wholesale change to how projects are implemented. There is bipartisan support for the ‘mechanism’ to deliver projects.   That is the politics is around whether or not it will be MANDATORY for polluters to reduce carbon emissions OR remain Voluntary.

If anything, the market should now move more and more towards a true ‘market’ situation where the price of carbon is driven by polluters needing to lower their emissions to meet our targets and the suppliers delivering carbon competitively.

In the meantime, let’s get started!

Carbon Farmers of Australia has 30 years’ Marketing experience. In a former life, we were the founding Directors of an Integrated Marketing company in Sydney, specialising in Business to Business marketing.

Using this extensive experience, we have identified 4 potential ways to ‘Direct Market’ your ACCUs.

Please contact us to get more detail on any of the following.

  1. Sell to your existing customers. Many farmers are now using Farmers Markets, or other methods of Direct Marketing to sell their meat or other produce. If this farmer has undertaken an CSF project, and has ACCUs to sell, they could add this to their offering.

E.g. “While you are eating your beautiful saltbush Lamb, why not offset your carbon footprint and help Australia fight climate change by buying a carbon credit with the meat?” OR “Lower your carbon footprint while you eat your steak!” is an even better way to push back against the ‘cows belch methane’ attack!!

  1. Help others fulfil their CSF contracts. Some of the Carbon Agents and/or project proponents, who have CSF contracts to fulfil, may, for reasons beyond their control, have need to buy extra Credits to cover a contract. This means that soon ‘carbon exchanges’ around Australia may want to buy ACCUs to fill this demand.
  2. Go Direct to a Polluter. In many districts, there are mines or big companies who buy produce from farmers or who have to exist peacefully in our Regional Areas. What a good news story for them if they ‘partnered’ with a farmer or a group who were protecting their farms by assisting forest to grow, or storing carbon in the soil, or preventing methane from being belched! This method could lead to a ‘contract’ similar to the one provided by the Government – an agreement to buy the credits for 10 years, for instance.
  3. Direct Selling by Website. Any producers who already have a website could add a ‘buy a carbon credit’ page – similar to selling direct at a Market, this is Direct Marketing on the web.  Selling either  their own ACCU’s, or someone else.

E.g. CFA intends to establish a page on our website called ‘Adopt a Farmer Fighting Greenhouse’ and we will BUY credits from farmers to on-sell to consumers and others. This follows our very successful ‘adopt a sheep’ program we mounted in the 2006 drought, raising $100,000 to feed our sheep. We will spend time and effort to raise the profile of this site so that it grows over time.

If any of the above appeal to you, please contact us for more information.


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