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Decarbonology Achieves Certification for Australia’s First VERRA ARR Project – The Wheatbelt Biodiversity Carbon Credit Project

Updated: Jun 7



Decarbonology is proud to announce the successful certification of its Wheatbelt Biodiversity Carbon Credit (WBCC) project. This extraordinary milestone marks the registration of the first and only Afforestation, Reforestation and Revegetation (ARR) project in Australia to receive VERRA certification, setting a new benchmark in the industry.

 

VERRA's globally recognised ARR projects restore degraded lands and enhance ecosystem services through tree planting and land management activities, generating high-quality, verified carbon credits by sequestering atmospheric carbon dioxide using innovative scientific approaches, ultimately contributing to climate change mitigation efforts.

 

The WBCC project, spanning over 159 hectares, is dedicated to conserving and restoring biodiversity of the Wheatbelt region while sequestering greenhouse gas emissions. By planting a wide variety of native tree species, Decarbonology is rejuvenating cleared and degraded farmland, restoring valuable biodiverse habitats.

 

The Wheatbelt region was once a diverse ecosystem, reduced when clearing began in the 1890s with the removal of native species for agricultural development. For some areas, the cumulative degradation over many decades  requires a change in approach.

 

The WBCC project generates carbon credits by removing CO2 from the atmosphere, with the amount of carbon sequestered regularly monitored using scientific parameters and methodologies approved by VERRA's Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the UNFCCC's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). It is conservatively estimated that the current plantings will sequester approximately up to 123,310 tCO2-e over an 80-year period, with this amount set to increase as new planting areas are added.

 

As the first ARR project in Australia to receive VERRA certification, Decarbonology's Wheatbelt Biodiversity Carbon Credit project represents a significant step forward in Australia’s efforts to combat climate change and promote sustainable land management practices. Carbon credits with VERRA certification are internationally recognised and are suitable for international supply chains.

 

"We are thrilled to have achieved this important milestone with the certification of our Wheatbelt Biodiversity Carbon Credit project," said Dr. Rocio Bona, CEO of Decarbonology. "This project not only contributes to the fight against climate change but also helps to restore and protect the unique biodiversity of the Wheatbelt region. It showcases our commitment to delivering innovative solutions that drive positive change and create a sustainable future for generations to come."

 

The Wheatbelt is home to Australia's critically endangered plants and animals, some under increasing pressures such as the Carter’s Freshwater mussel. “Protecting Australia’s native wildlife and the habitats in which they live is essential.  If we can restore degraded habitat, take carbon out of the atmosphere and create new opportunities with local communities in the wheatbelt – then this is something we can all be proud of” said Non-Executive Director Michelle Rhodes.

 

Decarbonology, a leading provider of corporate guidance and support for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investment and sustainable design, is at the forefront of driving positive change and creating sustainable solutions for a better future. The company's successful certification of the Wheatbelt Biodiversity Carbon Credit project exemplifies its unwavering dedication and expertise in environmental conservation and carbon offsetting, setting a new standard for the industry. 

 

For more information about Decarbonology and its groundbreaking WBCC project, please visit www.decarbonology.com - admin@decarbonology.com





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