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Thomas Elder Consulting Carbon Farming Service

Thomas Elder Consulting (TEC) is here to help eligible land holders to participate in the Australian Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative.




Built on our renowned best-practice agronomy and livestock production services, our knowledgeable consultants will work with you to develop, implement and manage a registered carbon farming project. We are your trusted advisor to guide you through the complexities of carbon farming.





Our service is based on an upfront fee-for-service model, so you have full ownership of all of the carbon credits you earn from your project. With no hidden fees, cuts of credits or payback schemes, you will realise the full value of the credits you generate.

How it works


Your initial meeting with our consultant is conducted to evaluate your eligibility to participate in carbon farming. This meeting will:

  • Review of the enterprise type, size and current management practices
  • Determine the relevant practice change that may be applied and be eligible for carbon farming.
  • Prepare a proposal of work focused on the practice changes to be implemented.

Our consultant will work with you to plan and generate a land management strategy. This includes:

  • Mapping of the project area.
  • An outline of management strategies to be implemented.

Our consultantt will guide you through the registration of your carbon farming project with the Clean Energy Regulator.

  • We will then help with the registration and auditing of the project with the Federal Governments Clean Energy Regulator.

Baseline soil sampling is conducted. This includes:

  • Soil samples being taken from randomly generated GPS points as provided by the Clean Energy Regulator.
  • 34mm diameter soil core taken to 1m depth, recorded and sent to the lab for analysis.
  • Soil Carbon and density calculations to determine total tonnage of baseline carbon across designated project area.

You work with your consultant to implement the management change on your farm.

  •  Undertaking one or more management changes (from the approved options scoped in the registration) as outlined in the Land Management Strategy.

Subsequent sampling and estimation of carbon sequestration occurs.

  • At two to five year intervals after the project commences, request for measurements can be made.
  • GPS points are generated by the Clean Energy Regulator to nominate where soil cores must be taken.
  • Soil cores are taken and analysed
  • Total carbon content of the soil is calculated, and the difference compared to the baseline measurements is determined.

You receive carbon credits:

  • Based on the change in total soil carbon content over time the total amount of carbon sequestered is calculated.
  • 1 tonne of soil carbon = 3.67 tonnes CO2 equivalent= 3.67 Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU’s)
  • Credits are administered into a private account in the name of the landholder and can be:
    1. Sold direct
    2. Sold at auction
    3. Traded
    4. Used to offset private enterprise emissions.

Need more information?

Read our frequently asked questions page.

Hear TEC agronomist Peter Spies talk about the advantages of soil sequestration.

Read our series of articles about carbon farming.


Interested in learning more about how carbon farming can help your property?

Register your interest now