The Carbon Farming Group (CFG) is keeping New Zealand farmers informed of climate change issues, with an online carbon calculator and suggestions on how to reduce farm emission levels.
CFG provides independent, neutral information through their website, newsletters and factsheets. Their simple carbon calculator shows farmers what their carbon footprint might look like, by working out the level of emissions from their farms averaged over New Zealand conditions.
"We keep a watching brief on climate change and look at wider farm sustainability," says Clayton Wallwork, forestry consultant and CFG trustee.
When CFG was launched in June 2008, their focus was to inform the rural sector of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) legislation. While that is still a core focus, the CFG is looking to provide information on other relevant issues for local farmers, such as Soil Carbon.
The Tindall Foundation undertook a climate change scan which instigated the development of an umbrella group on activities and services related to land-based climate change. CFG was subsequently set up as a charitable trust with funding from The Tindall Foundation.
For more information contact:
Clayton Wallwork, Carbon Faming Group
Free phone within New Zealand: 0800 123 733