Sequestering atmospheric carbon into the soil through carbon farming

The urgency of the climate crisis demands that we act now to lower the atmospheric concentration of GHG emissions today.

eAgronom Carbon Program enables farmers to get paid for carbon credits they generate through environment-friendly farming practices.

Companies can offset their carbon emissions to meet the climate goals and support sustainable farming.

FOR FARMERS

Restore your soils and get paid for it!

“I have been thinking about adding cover crop after winter clover for a while to avoid erosion and enrich the soil. eAgronom carbon program makes it possible since carbon credit income covers the seed and work cost” – Rubert, 1,400ha farmer.

 

  • Future-proof the farm with diversified income streams
  • Richer soils
  • Lower emissions
  • Lower input costs
  • Higher profit
  • Stronger local communities

Learn how to earn carbon credits

FOR CARBON OFFSET BUYERS

Offset your carbon emissions to meet the climate goals

Now, we put out a lot of carbon dioxide every year, over 26 billion tons. For each American, it’s about 20 tons. For people in poor countries, it’s less than one ton. It’s an average of about five tons for everyone on the planet. And, somehow, we have to make changes that will bring that down to zero. – Bill Gates

  • Backed by science
  • High quality carbon credits
  • Local offsets through a farm in your area
  • Extended ecosystem benefits
  • Double-counting avoided

 

Learn about offsetting carbon emissions

 

Agriculture is a major opportunity to reduce air pollution and create carbon sinks

  • Agriculture (non-livestock) generates 15% of the worlds carbon pollution, but this can be reduced through investment in technology and conservative farming practices.
  • Soil is the largest carbon sink outside oceans.
  • Carbon removal will be crucial to avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

 

Carbon Farming helps save our planet

  • Improved soil and healthier food
  • Reduced carbon emissions
  • Increased carbon capture
  • Reduced pollution and use of chemical inputs
  • Increased species richness

How does voluntary carbon offsetting work?

1. Large companies want to offset their carbon footprint

  • The company must first do what it can to minimise its GHG emissions. Then offset the remaining carbon.
  • Offsetting is driven by
    • company values and a sense of duty,
    • societal pressure,
    • increasing government regulations and tax pressure.
  • Becoming carbon-neutral or -positive improves company brand image.

2. They look to finance carbon credit projects that reduce emissions or capture carbon

  • E.g. Supporting a wind farm in India, planting trees in Brazil or supporting sustainable farming in Europe, Australia or North-America

3. A third party verifies the projects

  • Ensuring additionality and permanence standards are met

4. Corporations pay the carbon project owners

  • The price depends on what the buyers are willing to pay, as well as verification and administration costs.
  • Prices are expected to increase in future.
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Carbon credits for farmers

Farmer can earn carbon credits for improvement in carbon sequestration and reduction in carbon emissions

Sequester more carbon into the soil

  • More legumes in the crop rotation
  • Cover crops and under-crops
  • Leave straw and/or animal manure on the field

Reduce emissions – keep more carbon in the soil

  • Minimize tilling
  • Manage soil compaction
  • Optimised and precise mineral fertilisation
  • Reduce fuel usage

Learn more about the Carbon Program

Carbon offsetting for companies

Companies can offset their carbon emissions to meet the climate goals and support sustainable farming

  • Buy credits that are backed by science
  • Verified credits – certification available soon
  • Support sustainable farming
    • Less pollution
    • Cleaner food
    • Increased species richness
  • Buy local credits from a farmer in your area.

Start offsetting your emissions

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How are carbon credits created?

Carbon credits are created when the carbon project can demonstrate it generated carbon benefits over the baseline, and the results are verified.

How are carbon credits sold?

  • Once the carbon removal units are verified (and carbon credits created), the farmer can choose when to sell the carbon credits.
  • It may be possible to pre-sell the carbon credits (before verification) to potential buyers.

Is there a standard carbon model globally?

No – but we will use the most scientifically credited models – RothC and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization)

Is the EU going to adopt a common standard for carbon credits and leave the first-movers at a disadvantage?

  • It’s unlikely, since there are many certified standards already, such as Gold Standard and Verra.
  • Even if the EU would adopt a common standard, we would enable the option to transition to the new methodology.

How much income will this project bring to farmers? How many carbon credits (CCs) is the maximum I can produce to sell per hectare per year?

  • The price for carbon credits is subject to the agreements with carbon credit buyers.
  • It depends on the individual farm situation how many CO2 offsets a farm can create. In addition, farms save money from optimised fertiliser and fuel use. You can find out the precise number during the audit.
  • Learn more from the Carbon Farming page.

What other opportunities and benefits does the program create for farmers?

  • Your farm will benefit from improving soil organic matter levels:
    • More nutrients in the soils for crops to grow
    • Potential to further optimise fertiliser use and therefore reduce costs
    • Improved water holding capacity (humidity stays in the soil for longer)
    • Improved nutrient capture capacity (healthy soils capture more nutrients from your applications)
    • Healthy soil is less compact
    • A carbon credit is a bonus on top of everything else
  • Learn more from the Carbon Farming page

The EU has stated that CAP payments will have cross-compliance to include Carbon Farming with 40% budget forecast to be climate-related, how will that affect carbon credit sales if it in effect becomes a law to carbon farm?

  • UK has changed its laws already and Paris climate agreement and Green deal make it likely EU will change direction as well.
  • EU intention is not to make carbon farming the law, but to support nature friendly practices in such a way that farmers can continue participating in carbon programs.

I'm a farmer and I'm interested in joining the Carbon program, how should I proceed?

  • Great to hear and welcome to the eAgronom Carbon program! We recommend first reading through the Carbon Credits for Farmers page. After that, fill in the form so that our carbon experts can get in touch with you to explain how your farm can get the most out of the program.

I'm representing a company looking to offset carbon emissions, how should I proceed?

  • First of all, thank you for your efforts to help reverse climate change! What we recommend is to first go through the Carbon Credit Buyers’ page and fill in the form. Our carbon experts will get in touch with you to help find a suitable solution for your company to offset the emissions.

Where to start?

Learn more about how to earn carbon credits as a farmer or offset your company’s emissions.

 

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