Meat & Livestock Australia has produced a web-based greenhouse gas (GHG) calculator based on the Sheep and Beef Greenhouse Accounting Framework (SB-GAF) tool for Australian sheep and beef producers. The digitised version of the SB-GAF tool is based off the freely available excel version of the tool available on the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (PICCC) website to ensure consistency across the sector. A carbon account is an important tool for business planning as it allows producers to understand their current position and identify areas for improvement.
The calculator will provide a baseline carbon account with total greenhouse gas emissions for the property and the emissions intensity of product produced. The calculator will enhance on-farm data collection and storage capabilities, and ensure relevant information is on hand when market opportunities arise that require historical data.
Carbon accounts also provide accessibility to new and emerging markets for products demonstrating environmental stewardship credentials, as well as access to capital and ensuring the adaptation and resilience of red meat production in the face of changing climatic conditions.