Reward and recognition for regenerative farming practices...
Commodicarbon is a European soil carbon certification program.
The input of farmers is shaping the system.
The system uses the best methods and technology available today in a practical and accessible way for farmers.
How it works for a farmer.
Sign up to CommodiCarbon.
We recommend that each farmer works with a carbon trained agronomist.
We are training more agronomist companies. Get in touch to be involved in this.
Signing up to CommodiCarbon is done using the link in the main website menu.
Track your carbon sequestration throughout the year and take steps to improve it.
Commodicarbon is an online platform where you input information about each field you wish to enrol in the program.
Information includes soil characteristics, tillage practices and fertiliser use etc.
You can then plan the years operations and see what potential for carbon sequestration that will result in.
The online system is evolving all the time and new practices are being added. Be part of the development.
After harvest carbon measurements are verified and certificates are issued.
After harvest each year, practices are verified and calculations are checked.
There are several layers of verification: satellite technology is used alongside trained agronomists and 3rd party sign off.
Certificates are issued by a 3rd party and are block chain secured and tracked meaning credits cannot be re-sold.
Carbon certificates are sold, payment is received, the process begins again for the next crop year.
The carbon credits are issued to the farmer. Gentle Farming can then help to sell the certificates and promote regenerative farming. We will feature farmers on the website and achieve a premium for the carbon certificates. In the future we plan to link the sale of additional produce from the farm under a regenerative farming brand. The cycle takes place once each crop year and can be thought of as an extra crop to harvest.
The Commodicarbon system is going to offer the opportunity for a real paradigm shift in agriculture. It is the first commercial opportunity for farmers to compare farming systems based on carbon as the driver rather than Nitrogen.
Quote from Mike Harrington- Director of Edaphos Agronomy-
The estimates below are dependent on individual soil types, regenerative practices and supply/demand.
To find out your farms potential - sign up.
2-3 tonnes C02e per hectare.
Averaged figures from a range of different farms already using the system.
Some farms have seen 5+ tonnes depending on regenerative practices.
£30+ per tonne of C02e.
We will be achieving a market premium on the carbon credits sold, by telling the full story of regenerative agriculture. The number above is a estimate of what the farmer will receive based on credits already sold.
£60-£90 income per hectare
This type of income could have a huge impact on farm bottom lines and encourage more farmers to take up regenerative agricultural practices. Filling some of the gap as BPS is phased out. Estimated income after costs.
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Frequently Asked Questions.
How much C02 does one Commodicarbon certificate account for?
A Commodicarbon certificate represents one tonne of CO2 equivalent (CO2e). It accounts for the reduction of emissions from agricultural processes, or the absorption of CO2e from the atmosphere, stored in the soil. Each certificate is uniquely identifiable, for each certificate we can track and identify the specific field from which the certificate came from.
Are there many buyers for these certificates?
Over the last 10 years, companies and organisations around the world have invested billions in their climate goals – in fact, a quarter of all the world’s 500 largest companies have committed to becoming CO2 neutral in the near future, and most of them are buying CO2e certificates as an addition to achieving their ambitious goals.
How do I know if Commodicarbon certificates are real and valid?
All farmers who are part of the program have their activities and data verified on an ongoing basis before the certificates are issued. All this is done by our certification partner, who ensures that Commodicarbon certificates are valid and approved.
It is absolutely central for buyers of the certificates that the credits can be documented and verified, that is precisely why we have an international and experienced partner verifying the programme and issuing the certificates.
What data do I need to share to take part in the program?
You will be asked to share information about your actions on the registered fields for that year. The information is used to verify and audit your activities, to ultimately calculate your total CO2e sequestration.
Some examples of data required:
Details of soil type (texture, humus, drainage etc)
Harvest information (crop, yield, etc.)
Handling of straw and residues
Fertiliser data (types, quantities, method)
Plant protection information
Diesel / oil consumption
How long do I have to commit?
Commodicarbon membership can be unsubscribed with one month’s notice at any time.
If you want to commit to and benefit from certificate sales, you need to commit to not tilling the land below 10cm for either 5 or 10 years (this will effect the deductions); unless you get dispensation to till the soil because of agronomic needs. Farming regeneratively is a mindset change for land managers, after committing to this for 10 years a farmer will be benefiting from the increased organic matter levels and will have built a regenerative system.
How much does it cost to be part of the program?
As an introduction price, it costs £43 per month to participate for the first year if signed up by the 1st of June.
(£39 per month if a full year is paid in advance)
The farmer then gets 85% of potential credits 15% are retained by commodicarbon to cover the program costs.
The certificates can then either be sold by yourself or Gentle Farming can sell them on your behalf and takes a small sales commission.
Certificates cannot be traded and will retire upon sale.
How do I know I am getting the correct number of certificates?
Up to date soil organic matter figures and soil characteristics will calculate the carbon storage potential. Data about previous crop years and country averages are then compared to planned practices this year allowing us to check for additionality. Deductions are then made depending on uncertainty of biological processes. Thus, we ensure that calculations are accurate and we do not overestimate the potential.
How do I know the calculations are correct?
Commodicarbon’s calculation algorithms stand on the shoulders of internationally recognized research, IPCC guidelines (UN Climate Panel) and models developed by a consortium of leading European universities, as well as used by some of the largest food companies in the world. In addition, we have added parameters that are important for particular latitudes – our model will be ISO certified and verified by a neutral third party.
There is no doubt that the method will develop further over the next 10 years, but we have ensured a method that is the best at the present time.
What is the relationship between Gentle farming and Commodicarbon?
Gentle Farming is partnered with Commodicarbon to bring their soil carbon certification scheme to the UK. Gentle Farming's role has two parts - to co ordinate UK farmers and agronomists to join the program and to help sell the soil carbon offsets at a premium in the UK market, thus promoting British regenerative agriculture.
Can my agronomist help me?
We have already made agreements with some agronomists. They are ready to help with advice, planning and implementation. We have made sure that they are well equipped to help you get started. They understand how the algorithm behind the certification and the programme works. If your agronomist is not enrolled share his contact information, and we will help them get started by providing no cost training.