Carbon and agriculture: Making sense of it all
Given our experience in trading carbon in Australia and New Zealand, our leadership in Agribusiness and recognised for sustainability and climate leadership, we want to assist customers and landholders generally, to understand the opportunities and challenges presented by the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).
So, Westpac teamed up with long term partners Landcare Australia to present a series of information seminars aimed at helping producers and consumers understand the impact of carbon on their businesses.
Key industry specialists from organisations like the Australian Farm Institute, Westpac Institutional Bank and law firm Baker & McKenzie were among the presenters at these information sessions. Held in September and October in Rockhampton, Toowwoomba, Tamworth, Deniliquin, Warrnambool and Murray Bridge, there'll potentially be more information seminars once the grain harvests are over.
Stuart Fredriksson from Westpac Institutional Bank highlighted the links between the Carbon Farming Initiative and the Emission Trading Scheme, key factors for investing in offset projects developed under the CFI and Westpac's expertise in the NZ emissions market.
Michael Rooney from Greening Australia talked about past and current government carbon offset policies, the development and structure of the Carbon Farming Initiative and its regulations.
Ilona Miller from law firm Baker & McKenzie discussed some of the legal issues that arise from offset projects being developed under the Carbon Farming Initiative.