Acting on Climate Change Pays Dividends for Northern Cattlemen

Two Queensland cattle stations have become the latest to benefit from the fight against global warming. Artemis Station (125,000ha) and Astrea Station (62,800ha) in Cape York have become the latest cattle stations to cash in carbon credits.

Both properties have been reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the use of early season fire management with controlled savanna burning. Early season burning lowers the release of potent greenhouse gasses especially methane and nitrous oxide that occur in hotter fires late in the dry season. (Nearly 4% of Australia’s Greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to late season savanna burning.)

Both Artemis and Astrea Stations have generated carbon credits that have been purchased by the Australian government under the Emission Reduction Fund. These two cattle stations are reducing carbon emissions equivalent to taking 85,000 cars off the road for a year over the project period.

Most of the Cape York pastoral industry is now participating in the new carbon economy with over 30 projects in place across the region. There is an area of over six million hectares of Northern Australia cattle stations participating at the moment. “In terms of scale, there is an area larger than Denmark, that is currently engaged in fighting global warming in the North of Australia” added Nicholas Cameron, Managing Director of Country Carbon.

The income from carbon credits is a significant income boost to North Queensland cattlemen that are able to supplement their income from cattle with additional carbon farming income.

“It’s a win for climate change and demonstrates that the new carbon economy can provide major economic benefits to Northern Australia.”