Market opportunities for methane abatement and carbon storage through improved kangaroo grazing management

Melanie Edwards, George Wilson

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    There is global urgency to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In the agriculture sector, this reduction must be balanced with meeting increasing global demand for protein. Australia's goal is to reach net zero by 2050 and the Australian red meat industry target is to be net zero by 2030 while also doubling production. Achieving these objectives relies on offsets because methods to reduce enteric methane (CH4) emissions at scale are not available. Increasing the herd will also likely increase ongoing soil organic carbon loss where no grazing management practices have been put into place. This presents a dilemma that is yet to be rectified. This report identifies a solution for alternative grazing management through a Kangaroo Grazing System (KGS). The report investigates the opportunity to reduce livestock and use kangaroos as an alternative red meat production option to reduce enteric emissions and sequester carbon in soil. It explores options to gain carbon credits through the Climate Solutions Fund (CSF) and the international market, and offers insights to the feasibility of such an enterprise and other co-benefits. The report considers implications of the proposal and offers solutions, along with a set of guidelines and an accompanying spreadsheet, that enable producers to assess their opportunities to undertake these alternative management activities--Executive summary.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    Commissioning bodyAgriFutures Australia publication
    Number of pages23
    Publication statusPublished - 2023


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