Emissions Reduction Actions

"In Australia, emissions from agriculture contribute around 13% of the total national greenhouse gas emissions each year, which is Australia’s fourth highest source of emissions (after electricity, stationary energy and transport). Notably of these sectors, agriculture is the only sector to have decreased emissions in recent years"

Beyond Zero Emissions Report

Zero Carbon Australia Land Use: Agriculture And Forestry​

By Beyond Zero Emissions

This Zero Carbon Australia Land Use Report outlines research showing how greenhouse gas emissions from land use — agriculture and forestry — can be reduced to zero net emissions. The proposals in this report offer economic opportunities to rural communities as well as resilience to the increasingly severe impacts of climate change.

The land use sector is the second largest source of emissions in Australia and also presents unique opportunities for reducing the severity of climate change. These opportunities include stopping deforestation as well as reemphasis of some areas from grazing to revegetation.

Beyond Zero Emission Report

Key findings in the report include:

  1. The land use sector can take a lead role in addressing climate change.

  2. Australia can drastically reduce its agricultural emissions to around net zero by implementing changes to some agricultural activities and limited revegetation.

  3. Revegetation of an overall average of 13% of cleared land can draw down sufficient carbon to balance ongoing emissions from land use activities.

  4. The eucalyptus tall open forests of south-east Australia can sequester 7,500 million tonnes of carbon dioxide if allowed to recover from clearfell logging.


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