Cotton and the EAP

Cross-sectoral carbon accounting engine now live

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Australia’s first cross-sectoral carbon accounting engine is now live - with support from CRDC – giving the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors a standardised approach to carbon accounting across a wide range of commodities including cotton. 

The Agricultural Innovation Australia (AIA) Environmental Accounting Platform (EAP) was launched this week following an extensive period of collaboration, design, testing and refinement, including an in-depth analysis of carbon calculation tools, models and frameworks used in Australia and around the world. 

The AIA EAP is a pre-competitive solution, which provides Australian producers and their supply chains with an accessible and standardised approach to carbon accounting across multiple commodities on a national scale. It enables primary producers to calculate their carbon footprint at a commodity, enterprise and whole of business level and can also be integrated into the current service offerings of farm and business solution providers, supply chain, agribusiness, financial institutions and others. 

At launch, the AIA EAP is available for beef, sheep, goat, feedlot, pork, grain, sugar, cotton and poultry commodities and will be shortly followed by dairy, rice, wine, fisheries, aquaculture and other commodities in the coming weeks. 

To ensure the AIA EAP remains on the cutting edge of science and research and stays up to date with emerging standards, AIA established a Technical Advisory Panel made up of leading Australian experts in GHG accounting, emissions reductions, soil carbon management and climate science, including Chair of the panel Professor Richard Eckard.

A separate AIA EAP Industry Advisory Panel is currently being formed which will ensure the platform is relevant to specific sectors by advising on emerging export and reporting requirements, adoption, and engagement.

Producers can access the AIA EAP here.

The AIA EAP has been built by AIA with investment from several of Australia’s rural RDCs including CRDC, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Meat & Livestock Australia, Australian Eggs, Australian Pork Limited, AgriFutures Australia, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, the Australian Meat Processor Corporation and Sugar Research Australia.