Atlas LIVE: Cost-Benefit Report + Q&A
Since our recent soft launch at Wilmot Field Day 2023, we’ve been working alongside our first cohort of graziers to put them in the best position to benefit from a soil carbon project. This included, as a first step, a custom Atlas Carbon Cost-Benefit Report that we generated from the farm data that they provided. To help our growing community understand why we feel this is a key step towards a carbon project, we hosted Atlas LIVE – our series of live educational online sessions on all things related to soil carbon projects. Watch the replay below:
What is a Cost-Benefit Report?
A cost-benefit report, like the one that Atlas Carbon offers for free, can provide valuable information to livestock producers prior to starting a project. The report can help to determine whether the benefits of the project are likely to outweigh the costs and can identify areas where costs can be minimised, or benefits can be maximised.
Some of the specific ways that a cost-benefit report can assist with a soil carbon project include:
- Identifying potential revenue streams: A cost-benefit report can help to identify potential revenue streams for the project, such as selling carbon credits or receiving payments for ecosystem services. This information can be used to estimate the financial benefits of the project.
- Estimating project costs: The report can also help to estimate the costs associated with the project, such as land acquisition, equipment, and labor. This information can be used to develop a budget for the project.
- Assessing the economic viability of the project: By comparing the estimated costs and benefits of the project, a cost-benefit report can help to assess the economic viability of the project. If the benefits are not expected to outweigh the costs, the project may not be feasible.
- Identifying opportunities to maximise benefits: The report can also identify areas where benefits can be maximised, such as through the use of innovative soil management practices or by targeting high-value carbon markets.
Overall, a cost-benefit report can help to inform the decision-making process for a soil carbon project and can help to identify the most effective and economically viable strategies for increasing soil carbon sequestration.
“Is it really important to get a cost-benefit report before registering a carbon project?”
Livestock producers should get an Atlas Carbon Cost-Benefit Report done before a soil carbon project for several reasons:
- Assess the financial viability: A cost-benefit report can help livestock producers to assess the financial viability of a soil carbon project by comparing the expected costs with the expected benefits. This information can be used to determine whether the project is financially feasible and whether it is worth pursuing.
- Identify potential revenue streams: A cost-benefit report can help livestock producers to identify potential revenue streams for the project, such as selling carbon credits or receiving payments for ecosystem services. This information can be used to estimate the financial benefits of the project.
- Determine the most cost-effective practices: By identifying the most cost-effective practices for increasing soil carbon sequestration, a cost-benefit report can help livestock producers to prioritize their efforts and invest in the practices that are likely to have the greatest impact on soil health and productivity.
- Develop a realistic budget: A cost-benefit report can help livestock producers to develop a realistic budget for the project, taking into account the costs associated with land preparation, equipment, labor, and ongoing maintenance.
- Make informed decisions: By providing an objective analysis of the costs and benefits of the project, a cost-benefit report can help livestock producers to make informed decisions about whether to pursue the project, and if so, how to best implement it.
Overall, this report can help livestock producers to make informed decisions about soil carbon projects and can help to ensure that these projects are financially viable, environmentally sustainable, and economically beneficial.
We spoke to Jake Smith,a Northern NSW grazier recently. Here's his thoughts on where he's heading whenit comes to assessing soil carbon projects:
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