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Workshop marks beginning of Carbon Neutral research for Goyder

Nov 8, 2016
Author: Kathryn Nicholas


The Goyder Institute for Water Research held a successful Carbon Neutral Research Definition workshop that brought together researchers and policy makers to explore priorities for future applied research in carbon offsets.

Chaired by sustainability consultant Mark Siebentritt, the workshop discussed potential land-sector carbon sequestration and emissions abatement opportunities in South Australia and consulted with potential research partners to identify the scope of research, and provide details on the project development process.

The South Australian Government, led by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and the Low Carbon Economy Unit (LCEU) of the Department of Premier and Cabinet will develop a State Carbon Sequestration Strategy to identify carbon sequestration opportunities that could be pursued to achieve South Australia’s goals of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and realise the economic and enhanced adaptive capacity benefits from strong and timely action on climate change. This work will also identify potential carbon sequestration and emissions abatement offsets to realise the commitment for the City of Adelaide to be the world’s first carbon neutral city.

Planning a mix of carbon offset activities within South Australia that will provide the optimum value requires further information to support the implementation of the State Carbon Sequestration Strategy. Research to be proposed will aim to support the further development of a diversified portfolio of offset options to mitigate risk and capture the most cost-effective opportunities available for each option.

Landholder Leticia Gosse discussed the challenges and opportunities for individual landowners to implement carbon sequestration activities at the paddock scale and facilitated discussion on ways to enable widespread adoption of soil carbon sequestration. DEWNR’s acting Manager Climate Change Simon Sherriff shared the state government’s long-term vision towards a low-carbon economy and economic benefits of a carbon sequestration industry, along with its goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

A call for expressions of interest from Goyder Institute research partners is currently open, seeking research ideas that will contribute to the knowledge base of implementing the State Government’s Carbon Sequestration Strategy. EOIs close November 16, 2016, and research projects are expected to commence in March 2017. Further information can be obtained from the Goyder Institute at enquiries@goyderinstitute.org