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Carbon control

Gracefarm: Ahead of the game in sustainable land use

Rural lifestyle and conservation are unique and compatible components of life on Gracefarm/ conservation estate. click here for detail Each freehold lot owner also has a 1/12th share in the farm which includes 52 hectare of permanently covenanted, native bush conservation land. From mature  bush of Kauri and Totara to recently planted re afforestation, land owners can enjoy the bush and be part of an environmental  solution. Buy now and have the privelege of being part of this without doing any of the work. click here to choose a lot

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Gracefarm is  registered with the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme and is accruing NZU's (Carbon Credits) for the benefit of the lot owners.  As at September 2013 Gracefarm  has accrued 965 NZU's

So what's all this about Carbon and the ETS. Here is some background information


Agriculture and Forestry and the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Farming, to one degree or another is affected by these two aspects of the ETS. While Forestry is potentially New Zealand’s largest carbon ‘sink’ Agriculture is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. So they need each other 


Forestry entered the NZ Government ETS on 1 January 2008. It was the first sector to enter, because of the importance of forestry to New Zealand’s ability to meet its international obligations for greenhouse gas emissions

Forestry is New Zealand’s largest potential carbon ‘sink’. As trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their trunks, branches, leaves and roots (above ground and below ground biomass).  The amount of carbon stored in a forest depends on factors such as the species, stocking, site conditions and how long it is left to grow.

When trees are harvested, carbon that is stored is released back into the atmosphere as the wood decays. At present, all harvested wood taken off site is conservatively assumed to be immediately released back into the atmosphere. Harvest residues that remain on-site are considered to decay completely over a 10-year period, under NZ conditions.

New planting initiatives will expand New Zealand’s forest estate, creating a carbon reservoir and helping New Zealand meet its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol.

The Government expects the deforestation of pre-1990 forest land to reduce substantially under the ETS. At the same time, it expects more new forests will be planted, and that existing forests will be managed in a way that increases the levels of carbon stored in them.

The ETS classifies forests differently depending on whether they were first established after 1989 or before 1990


New Zealand’s biologically-based economy relies on a temperate and stable climate for production.

The agriculture sector is not only the largest export income earner but is also largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand, making up approximately 48 per cent of our total emissions. Emissions in the sector are continuing to grow.

By placing a price on carbon, the ETS provides an incentive to reduce the level of emissions for every unit of agricultural output. Emissions reductions can be made by:

    • improvements in farming efficiency*
    • increased tree planting*
    • more efficient use of nitrogen fertiliser--or minimise nitrogen use* 
    • increased use of nitrification inhibitors
    • more effective management of animal waste, and
    • the use of other mitigation technology as it is developed.*
*Gracefarm takes initiative in all these areas



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