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June 19, 2019   •   News

The Integrative Research Group (IRG) of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) is hosting its Webinar Meeting “Australian Soil Carbon Offset Methods: the science, the policy and the practice”. Presented by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy, and the Australian Government Clean Energy Regulator.

When: June 26, 2019, at 9:00 P.M (Canberra UTC+10).

What is this webinar about?
The Australian Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) is a voluntary scheme that supports Australian businesses, farmers and land managers to take actions to reduce emissions and improve the environment. By running projects to reduce emissions and store carbon, businesses, land managers and others can earn Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs). These units can be sold to the Australian Government through a carbon abatement contract, or to other businesses seeking to offset their emissions. Over 770 projects have been registered under many eligible activities, including energy efficiency, waste management, revegetation, livestock management, savanna fire management and soil carbon sequestration.

Eligible emissions reduction activities are included in ‘methodology determinations’, or ‘methods’ for short. Methods are developed by the government in consultation with industry and technical experts. They set out the rules for estimating carbon abatement from different activities, including in the land sector. These methods ensure that carbon abatement is measurable, verifiable and additional to business as usual operations.

What will you learn?
Join Beverly Henry, Vyt Vilkaitis and Konrad Muller to hear about the soil carbon methods under Australia’s ERF – the development of the underpinning science, the policy framework and the practicalities of the methods.
Beverley, Vyt and Konrad will discuss all this, in the context of the two legislated methods currently approved for soil carbon offsets:

  • Estimating sequestration of carbon in soil using default values method (model-based soil carbon)
  • Measurement of soil carbon sequestration in agricultural systems method

Speakers:

Beverley Henry – GRA, IRG co-chair, member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the 4p1000 Initiative.
Through academic and consulting positions, she participates in several Australian and international climate change committees and panels.

Vyt Vilkaitis – Australian Department of the Environment and Energy working on the ERF.
He has worked in government policy for over 10 years focusing on natural resource management.

Konrad Muller – Member of the Australian Government Clean Energy Regulator, ERF Policy Team
He advises on the design, implementation and strategic issues of the ERF. Konrad was formerly in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture with an academic background in agricultural science.

Please register here.

June 18, 2019   •   News

The Thünen Institute, Germany, is currently offering a funded PhD position within a project aiming at improving the German agricultural GHG inventory:

The position is for a fixed term of four years and to be filled at the earliest opportunity. The position is directed to applicants who, in addition to their employment, wish to pursue their own
academic career, in particular their doctorate. In this context, the Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture cooperates with various universities. The employment is a fixed-term position in accordance with §2 (1) sentence 1 of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (German law regarding academic fixedterm contracts).

Project tasks:

  • Conduct literature studies and meta-analyses to derive refined emission factors for calculation of
    nitrous oxide and ammonia emissions from agricultural soils
  • Acquire and model necessary regionalized activity data, in particular regarding nitrogen
    fertilization in agriculture
  •  Create regional nitrogen balances and harmonize greenhouse gas reporting with reporting under
    the European Nitrates Directive
  • Create projections and evaluate mitigation options based on regionalized emission factors
  •  Scientific peer-reviewed publications
  •  Implement the new model approaches in the national inventory

Requirements:

  •  M.Sc. in applied statistics, geoecology, agriculture, environmental or soil sciences, meteorology or
    related subjects. The degree must fulfill requirements for PhD candidates set by German
    universities (see www.research-in-germany.org/en/jobs-and-careers/info-for-phdstudents/language-requirements.html). A master’s thesis with an above-average grade is
    expected.
  •  Excellent knowledge and experiences in statistics and empiric modelling
  • Good knowledge of biogeochemistry and soil science is desired
  • Basic familiarity with agriculture is desired
  • Candidates need to be proficient with R and Excel, basic knowledge of python would be an
    advantage
  • Team spirit, flexibility, high motivation and the ability to work independently
  • Scientific curiosity and willingness to work on a doctoral thesis
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English, willingness to learn German

Read more and apply on the the Thünen Institute Website. 

June 18, 2019   •   News

As in previous years the UNFCCC is providing training in compiling GHG Inventories using the IPCC guidelines again this year. Nominations to attend these workshops must be through your National Focal Point. If you or a colleague is interested in attending this training please contact your National Focal Point.

The 2 remaining workshops for this year are:

2 – 6 September 2019

  • Workshop on the Building of Sustainable National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management Systems, and the Use of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories for the Latin American and the Caribbean Region. Organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat in collaboration with the IPCC, and the FAO.

22 – 26 September 2019

  • Workshop on the Building of Sustainable National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management Systems, and the Use of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European Regions. Organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat in collaboration with the IPCC, and the FAO.