Category Archives: carbon farming

The ETS is both a goldmine and a minefield

The Government never foresaw the land-use forces they were unleashing with the ETS In recent weeks I have written multiple articles on the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) with a particular focus on forestry. This week I also had an extended … Continue reading

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Carbon farming will determine the future of sheep, beef and production forestry

The carbon price is now high enough to change land-use sufficiently to blow away sheep and beef, but too low to significantly influence emission behaviours elsewhere The concept of ‘carbon farming’ has been around for a long time. I recall … Continue reading

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Institutional investors outgun Government at carbon auction

On Wednesday September 1, The Government lost control of the ETS to speculators. This has big implications and challenges for the path ahead. The September 1 2021 auction of carbon credits within the Government’s Emission Trading System (ETS) has brought … Continue reading

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Carbon farmers need to understand the ETS

The price of carbon is determined by Government. There lies the risk for carbon farming.  Two recent articles of mine have explored the economics of carbon farming on land that is currently farmed for sheep and beef.  Those articles showed … Continue reading

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Carbon-farming economics are also attractive on easier country

Given current carbon prices, the march of the pine trees across the landscape has only just begun. The implications are massive My previous article on carbon farming focused on the North Island hard-hill country. If financial returns are to be … Continue reading

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Carbon farming steps forward on the North Island hard-hill country

In recent months I have been analysing New Zealand sheep and beef farming to try and understand the changing scene. Here, I shift the focus to carbon farming on the North Island hard-hill country where sheep and beef currently predominate. … Continue reading

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The big picture with sheep

The sheep-farming retreat will continue despite excellent meat prices, with carbon farming the mega-force. In recent months, I have written four articles focusing on the sheep and beef industries across New Zealand. My main focus has been to identify the … Continue reading

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Searching for the future on the North Island hills

Some weeks back I wrote an article on New Zealand’s sheep and beef farms, focusing on the current situation. I said I would be back as there was more to discuss about both the present and the future. Here, I … Continue reading

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Pivoting from production to permanent forests

A fundamental change is occurring in the economics of production versus permanent forests. The policy environment is getting left behind During 2019, I wrote five articles discussing land-use transformation that would be driven by forthcoming forestry investments.  One of the … Continue reading

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Carbon neutrality requires permanent forests not production forests

In recent months I have been writing about land-use transformation that will be driven increasingly by carbon trading. If New Zealand is to approach net-zero carbon, then it can only be achieved by a combination of modified lifestyles plus new … Continue reading

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