Peer reviewed study shows HIR carbon farming projects deliver real and measurable environmental outcomes

Peer reviewed study shows HIR carbon farming projects deliver real and measurable environmental outcomes

The recent publication and peer-review of a report by Dr Stephen Beare and Professor Raymond Chambers lends weight to the integrity of Australian Carbon Credit Units. Their report concludes that adopting the eligible land management practices under the Human Induced Regeneration (HIR) method has led to increased canopy cover of forest and woody vegetation.

Their study into the method provides “strong evidence that projects established under the HIR method have resulted in significant increases in woody plus forest cover in the arid and semi-arid regions of NSW and Queensland.” 

These findings match the evidence of Climate Friendly’s spatial analysis and ground-based assessment. Our findings show that the HIR projects supported by us are delivering increased forest cover across the carbon estimation area leading to significant gains in CO2 drawn out of the atmosphere and into vegetation.

The study is a welcome addition to the science that underpins the integrity of the Australian system for land-based carbon abatement. Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU) are globally recognised as one of the highest integrity carbon units in the world. Each ACCU is issued under a system regulated by the Clean Energy Regulator. Approved carbon farming methods are grounded in science and backed by strict requirements for monitoring, reporting and independent audits.

Reference:  Human induced regeneration: A spatiotemporal study, Dr Stephen Beare, Professor Raymond Chambers, AnalytEcon, September 2021

Link to study: PDF link

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