carbon farming

This is an opportunity to participate in a seminar workshop aimed at creating a new understanding of the risks and opportunities available to councils from the Carbon Farming Initiative.

Discover the opportunity for your council

Following the passing of the federal CFI legislation into common law on the 8th of December 2011, some councils have seen and taken the great potential of extracting value out of the CFI, while others are missing the opportunity.

Carbon Training International in association with Octopi have developed this CFI 101 Seminar in dialogue with councils to understand their key strategic issues, and build knowledge and capacity in them for maximising CFI opportunities across Australia.


  • Understanding what CFI really means for your council
  • Creating a compelling value proposition by the use of CFI
  • Developing a low-cost high value proposition for councils and or corporate partners
  • Accessing a genuine benefit in the decision-maker role
  • Determining how to get the maximum number of opportunities with minimum risk
  • How to leverage your networks
  • What projects to focus on for short-term runs on the board and whether sponsored projects could develop into long-term partnerships
“Skillfully and credibly presented.. well done…”Rowan Mackenzie | Manager – Surf Coast Shire
“The CTI team went over and above to deliver a great briefing – it was a pleasure to work with them.”Rachel Brown | Sustainability Officer – Surf Coast Shire

Following this Seminar you will understand the risks and opportunities between the CFI rules and consequent markets, as well as how this may effect your council’s sites such as landfills.

Seminar delivery

This one day Seminar is delivered right to your council door-step – in-house at your council – where it outlines the Carbon Farming Engagement process and what it takes to extract the most value from it as is relevant for your council.


  1. Provide opportunities for knowledge sharing between parties identifying opportunities for collaboration in engaging with stakeholders.
  2. Increased capacity to successfully engage with the corporate and government sector in partnerships that:
    • Improve cash flow
    • Encourage in-kind support
    • Build on and complement investments
  3. Identification of further learning opportunities, resources and tools provided by CTI, for example:
    • Certified/accredited course materials
    • Sample templates
    • Sample contract template
    • Fact sheets
    • Case Study overviews
    • On-line discussion forums
    • Mentoring and support

SEMINAR Structure – 11 elements

  1. Aligning your Council’s Environemental and Business Strategies to ‘market mechanisms’ for commercial gain
    • Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency Opportunities
  2. Overview of the Carbon Farming Initiative
    • How does the CFI work
    • Why participate in the CFI
    • Commercial outcomes and environmental outcomes
    • Local government leadership
    • CFI projects relevant to Local Council
  3. What types of CFI projects are being implemented at the local council level?
  4. How environmental projects with commercial outcomes fit into your Council’s Environmental Strategy Business Plan
    • Asset Management Plan
    • New income streams (ACCUs, RECs, ESCs)
    • Cost Reduction
    • Funding initiatives (Grants, subsidies, co‐investment)
    • Environmental Plan
    • 2020 emissions reduction target
    • Carbon Neutral / Offset
    • Waste reduction
  5. Early identification of potential opportunities within the LGA region
  6. Political or policy related risks faced by the CFI?
    • What would happen under a Federal Coalition Government?
    • Could policy change under the current Labor Government?
  7. What other risks are associated with the CFI?
    • Operational Risks (implementation, operation (MVR) & crediting)
    • Market Risks (ACCU price)
  8. What prospective international market opportunities could emerge?
    • EUETS Linking
    • California ETS
  9. CFI and community participation programs
    • Community engagement & support
    • Waste reduction (reducing community landfill)
  10. Carbon Offsetting under National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS)
  11. Steps for Starting
    • CFI Grants
    • CFI Project Identification
    • Project Feasibility Assessments

Robert Nicholls : is a market economist and experienced business strategist with a great depth of industry and technical experience.
Rob has an extensive working knowledge of the domestic and international carbon marketplace, policy settings, regulatory frameworks and response settings that are part of the climate change business system.
Note: Rob will be available for live webinars and video link on request.

Abe Robertson: as Director of Octopi develops carbon projects including onsite feasibility studies, project registration and carbon credit generation and carbon financing under the Carbon Farming Initiative Clean Development Mechanism or alternate carbon standard. He also drafts methodologies to create ‘white certificates’ for energy savings in New South Wales and Victoria.