Natural Carbon oversees first cattle herd management project in Australia as the red meat industry sets a carbon neutral target

Natural Carbon has facilitated the delivery of more than 20,000/yr Australian Carbon Credits (ACCUs) to a progressive Australian beef company, creating added revenue and reducing their emissions intensity. The achievement reflects a growing momentum towards stronger climate action as Meat and Livestock Australia announce today that the Australian red meat industry will be carbon neutral by 2030.

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Wednesday 22 nd November, Sydney, Australia

Wednesday 22nd November, Sydney, Australia – In a world first it is now possible to earn an income from carbon through cattle herd management by engaging in with leading Australian carbon farming solutions provider Natural Carbon. By facilitating the delivery of over 20,000/yr Australian Carbon Credits (ACCUs) Natural Carbon has helped creating new revenue for farmers and reduce emissions intensity.

This achievement will be the first of many as the industry’s momentum grows towards stronger climate action, and comes back to back with today’s announcement by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) that the Australian red meat industry will work with federal and state governments to be carbon neutral by 2030.

This industry-wide target for carbon neutrality is a timely development. Since 2014, Natural Carbon has established itself as a leading carbon organisation in Australia with a portfolio of 14 carbon projects that have collectively generated over 550,000 ACCUs. Natural Carbon is on track to engage 10% of Australia’s cattle herd industry in 30 beef cattle herd management carbon abatement projects by 2025. The implementation of the Emissions Reduction Fund Beef Methodology ( ERF Beef Method ) will likely result in a reduction of emissions intensity by more than 20%, and remove more than 5 million tonnes of harmful greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Good data will also be key to timely reporting and payments. To make it easier for all to participate, Natural Carbon is working with its livestock and grazing technology partner Maia Technology to ensure the ERF Beef Method is integrated into their existing world class grazing management application ‘MaiaGrazing’.

“Carbon neutrality is the only logical goal in the long term – but it is a long and hard way to get there for any industry, says Julien Gastaldi, General Manager of Natural Carbon. The Emissions Reduction Fund lets us work with farmers strengths and their ability to adapt their pastoral enterprise to what is, at times, a harsh and unforgiving country for livestock production. With the MLA announcement, we are thrilled to see that the ambition to punch above our carbon-weight is still alive and well. Natural Carbon looks forward to working with MLA on demonstrating the links between productivity gains and income from the growing carbon markets .

All pastoral companies can earn ACCUs and supplementary income by applying the ERF Beef Method. To register a project with the Clean Energy Regulator contact .

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Note to editors

The Clean Energy Regulator is the Government body responsible for administering legislation that will reduce carbon emissions and increase the use of clean energy. An ACCU is a unit issued to a person by the Clean Energy Regulator by making an entry for the unit in an account kept by the person in the electronic Australian National Registry of Emissions Units. Each ACCU issued represents one tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2-e) stored or avoided by a project.

About Natural Carbon

Natural Carbon Pty is a joint venture established in 2014 with a focus on developing carbon projects in northern Australia. (Phillip Toyne, indigenous advocate, co-founder of the national Landcare program and founding Director of EcoFutures, was instrumental in the formation of Natural Carbon.) Since 2014, Natural Carbon has established itself as a leading organisation supporting Pastoral and Aboriginal carbon farming through Savanna Burning, Beef Cattle herd Management and Revegetation projects. Natural Carbon brings together global experience and expertise across the full carbon project cycle – from concept to sales, providing a one stop shop for entities seeking to generate revenue from carbon. The company works with indigenous groups, farmers, and other land managers to achieve long-term economic and environmental benefits to their communities.

For additional information, please contact:

Business Enquiries

Charlie Hawkins

Business Development Manager, Natural Carbon

0438 429 280

Media Enquiries

Lily Keenan

Junior Communications Specialist, South Pole Group



Hire of seasoned expert Julien Gastaldi reflects period of growth for Natural Carbon

Sydney, Australia, 1 May, 2017 – Natural Carbon is proud to announce the key addition of Julien Gastaldi as its newly appointed General Manager.

Natural Carbon started in 2014 as the nexus of five unique partners with a focus on developing carbon farming projects in Australia. Climate Friendly, South Pole Group, McCullough Robertson, EcoFutures and Object Consulting combined their global experience and expertise across multiple sectors to provide comprehensive climate solution services to rural and indigenous Australian communities. Since then, Natural Carbon has built an impressive portfolio, managing over 1% of Australian landmass across 15 projects that will generate three million carbon abatement credits over the next 10 years. The evolution of Natural Carbon is a true growth story, affirmed by a commitment to develop another 5MT worth of projects in the next 18 months. This will be achieved thanks to the new sequestration opportunities, and facilitating participation via their Northern Savanna aggregation project. Natural Carbon is at the forefront of the transition towards “Net Zero Carbon by 2050”. The profit-for-purpose company helps landowners, pastoralists, and indigenous groups deliver projects locally on their land, that together add up to meaningful change – at scale.

“Natural Carbon was established to meet the growing demand we saw for sustainable carbon revenue opportunities in the Australian agriculture and land management sectors,” says Peter Richardson, Director of Natural Carbon and Manager of New Ventures at Object Consulting. “As a pioneering company in this area, we have ridden a wave of unprecedented growth by tailoring comprehensive projects that provide carbon solutions, with a particular focus on delivering new revenue streams for indigenous communities.”

As Natural Carbon’s portfolio expands, it could not be a more timely moment to add a seasoned expert to the Sydney-based team. With 10 years of experience in business management and environmental consultancy, including indigenous community development in the South Pacific, Julien Gastaldi is key addition to guide Natural Carbon through this period of great transition and growth. As General Manager, Julien will provide valuable expertise for the continued development of economically and environmentally beneficial climate adaptation solutions in farming communities. Julien is one of Australia’s leading experts in carbon emissions and waste management. Prior to joining Natural Carbon, he worked as an executive for MRA Consulting Group, responsible for a broad range of environmental projects and the growth of the company Australia-wide. He is also the current Chair of the NSW Carbon Committee of the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) and Deputy Chair of the WMAA National Carbon Committee. Julien brings to the role extensive industry insight, technical expertise, and a passion for community development and climate change adaptation.

“Julien’s hire is a milestone for Natural Carbon, reflecting the significant growth the company has experienced in recent years” says Josh Harris, General Manager for Climate Friendly. “With such a strong background in environmental and community development, we expect that his leadership will further cement Natural Carbon as a leading provider of co-beneficial carbon solutions in Australia.”

“Joining Natural Carbon a logical step forwards for me, and an ideal opportunity to bring together my experience with indigenous communities and knowledge of how to drive climate change mitigation and adaptation across an industry,” says Julien Gastaldi, General Manager, Natural Carbon. “I look forward to guiding the company towards an even more impactful purpose.”

Natural Carbon has emerged as a leading carbon farming project provider to rural and indigenous communities in Australia. The inclusion of Julien is in line with the company’s mission to provide a full suite of solutions across the carbon project cycle to entities seeking to generate revenue in a sustainable way.

Media Contacts:

Josh Harris, General Manager, Climate Friendly

Julien Gastaldi, General Manager, Natural Carbon

Media Release: Natural Carbon’s clients maintain 100% success rate with carbon abatement contracts for Savannah Burning and Human Induced Regeneration projects

Melbourne, 23 November 2015 — Following the Commonwealth Government’s $2.5 billion Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) 2nd auction, Natural Carbon’s clients have been awarded a further nine carbon abatement contracts maintaining their 100% success rate at ERF auctions for carbon credits. Projects include:

  • Five new savannah burning projects delivering over 1.3 million tonnes of greenhouse gas abatement over 10 years on 43,000 km2 of land between Kununurra WA, Katherine NT and Lockhart QLD
  • Four new regeneration projects delivering one million tonnes of greenhouse gas abatement over 10 years on 2,000 km2 of land clustered around Cunnamulla in Southern QLD

The total Natural Carbon portfolio is now 11 projects covering 58,500 km2 of land generating three million carbon abatement credits over 10 years including three major indigenous savannah projects. This equates to nearly 1% of Australia’s land mass and an area almost equivalent to Tasmania.

Batavia Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (BTOAC) Savannah Burning Project

“The carbon project will support rangers to burn country early in the dry season and control wildfire in the late dry season that come before the storms,” said the directors of the Traditional Owners of Batavia Downs. BTOAC have been undertaking early dry season burns for several years to protect their ecosystem and to reduce the risk of wildfire on their freehold land and the Batavia Nature Reserve.

Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC) Savannah Burning Project

“CPC has nine properties included within the CPC savannah burning project and we are managing wildfire with prescribed early season burning not only to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but to protect pasture, cattle, fencing and other infrastructure vital to cattle production” said Tracey King, CPC Commercial Manager.

CPC is a major landholder across the tropical savannah belt from WA to the QLD Cape.


Natural Carbon is currently welcoming expressions of interest from landholders for a free carbon assessment on their property utilising the Vegetation Management (savannah burning) and Agriculture (herd management and feeding nitrates) carbon abatement methodologies.


About Natural Carbon

Natural Carbon develops carbon farming projects in Australia. Established in 2014, Natural Carbon Pty Ltd is a joint venture of McCullough Robertson Lawyers, Object Consulting, Climate Friendly and South Pole Group. Natural Carbon brings together global experience and expertise across the full carbon project cycle – from concept to sales, providing a one stop shop for entities seeking to generate alternative revenue streams in a climate friendly way. The company works with indigenous groups, farmers, and other land managers to achieve long-term economic and environmental benefits to their communities.

For additional information, please contact:

Charlie Hawkins, Business Development Manager, Natural Carbon

m: 0438 429 280 |   p: 03 8615 4591   | e:

Related images


  1. Natural Carbon Savannah Burning Projects (Map Source: Google Maps)
  2. Batavia Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Fire Management (Photo Credit: Lana Polglase)
  3. Batavia Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Fire Management Crew at work (Photo Credit: Lana Polglase)

Carbon Solutions for Landowners

Savanna wildfires release methane and nitrous oxide which are potent greenhouse gases. Controlled early dry season savanna burning reduces the severity of savanna wildfire in the late dry season. These projects can generate carbon credits and significant local benefits under Federal Government programs.

Read more: Carbon Solutions for Landowners (PDF)

Olkola Ajin 2014 Savannah burning project successfully completed

The Olkola Ajin Savannah Burning Project provides a long-term investment stream into this remote Aboriginal community, creating local employment for traditional owner rangers to complement existing or potential government investments. The project has a positive impact on the climate reducing up to 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year across an area of about 8,000 square kilometres.  Burning in 2014 has been successfully completed and will continue to be an annual activity.

Read the full  story  here – Olkola-20150813

Fairtrade Australia New Zealand’s Reflections on the Legacy of Phillip Toyne

Phillip Toyne Memorial Canberra July 17

Thursday 16 July, 2015 – Fairtrade Board Member, Kim McKay AO, shares her reflections on the late Phillip Toyne, AO.

One of Fairtrade Australia New Zealand’s most ardent and respected supporters, former Board Member, Phillip Toyne AO, passed away last month, aged 67 years.

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A tribute to Phillip Toyne AO 1947 – 2015



It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of Natural Carbon Pty Ltd announce the death of its esteemed board member, Phillip Toyne AO.

As Director of EcoFutures, Phillip was instrumental in the formation of Natural Carbon, a joint venture of EcoFutures, Climate Friendly, South Pole Carbon, McCullough Robertson and Object Consulting. Natural Carbon project manages carbon farming projects with a particular focus on indigenous projects.

Upon its formation in May 2014, Natural Carbon announced the signing of an agreement with Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council and Olkola Aboriginal Corporation to conduct savannah burning on their 13,000 square kilometres in Cape York to comply with the Federal Government’s Carbon Farming initiative. This program represented a major step forward for the Olkola people. It opened a door for their younger generation to work on country with their elders strengthening their traditional law and culture.

“It is a great pleasure for our company to be able to originate the first large scale carbon farming projects on Cape York with traditional owners. We see many benefits in greenhouse gas reduction, biodiversity protection and reinforcement of traditional culture flowing from these projects, which should be apparent over many years that the savannah burning activity can be conducted. This represents an exciting development in North Queensland and can be replicated in many other parts of the Cape,” said Phillip at the time.

Phillip Toyne was a man of passion and vision who relentlessly pursued the causes he believed in. He died on Saturday after a long struggle with cancer with his family by his side.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Molly and sons Jamie, Atticus and Aaron.

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Burning ambition rewarded with carbon cash


Ranger Waylon Bramwell, 20, conducts a burn-off at Glen Garland on Olkola land on the Cape York peninsula. Picture: Brian Cassey Source: News Corp Australia 

The Olkola people are scattered across the country but Aboriginal elder Michael Ross wants them to come back home.

The cattleman is confident more of his people, a clan of about 500, will begin making that journey after the Olkola Aboriginal Corporation won a seven-year contract in the federal government’s first emissions reduction auction last month

Read the full article published in The Australian, May 19, 2015 – Burning ambition rewarded with carbon cash

Land handover in North Queensland to Olkola people

Last week one of the biggest land handbacks in Australia’s history took place in North Queensland. Ancestral homelands on the Cape York Peninsula are being returned to the Olkola people, bringing an end to more than two decades of campaigning and negotiation.

After being locked out of their traditional lands for almost a century, the handover is a chance for the Olkola people to return to country, to protect it, and to create economic opportunities for current and future generations.

The handover has been widely covered in the media.

The Guardian Righting a wrong: huge land handover to traditional Cape York owners.

Brisbane times Cape York land handed back to traditional Olkola owners.

ABC news Land handover in North Queensland.

In May 2014, Natural Carbon, Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council and Olkola Aboriginal Corporation announced their agreement to conduct savannah burning on their 13 000 square kilometres in Cape York to comply with the Federal Government’s Carbon Farming initiative. The savannah burning carbon farming activity involves Aboriginal traditional owners burning early in the dry season in planned mosaics across the country. Read full media release here. 

Back to country gives the outback a new lease on life

Michael McKenna, The Australian – October 11, 2014


Michael Ross with two of his grandchildren Hamish and Glen Kulka, both land managers, at Nurrakoora Lagoon, at Cape York. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen Source: News Corp Australia  

AFTER a two-decade struggle, Michael Ross is about to become one of the biggest land barons in Queensland.

Widely known as the “barefoot chairman’’ for his lifelong dislike of shoes, the cattleman and head of the Olkola Aboriginal Corporation will control 850,000ha in central Cape York after the state-federal funded purchase and handover of five pastoral leases, expected in December.

It is the latest of 50 million hectares across Australia to become owned and managed by clans as national parks, indigenous protected areas or ¬Aboriginal freehold in the past decade.

For Ross, in his 70s, and with the Olkola locked out of their traditional lands for almost a century, the transfer will finally allow his people to return to country — to make money out of it, repair it and protect it.

The Olkola will mix traditional ways with the latest technologies and market opportunities to provide jobs — through cattle, carbon farming and tourism — and fund land management across the area, to be split into national park and Aboriginal freehold.

“We are using the early-burn methods of my mother’s people to reduce the level of wild fires across the region, and to bank that as carbon credits,’’ Ross said. “We will get paid for smoke that doesn’t go into the air; it sounds silly but the old knowledge is starting to pay off in new ways.’’

The Olkola and other clans, such as the Wik on the western side of Cape York, who run ¬cattle, carbon farm and have a ranger program, are leaders of a resurgence in the 50,000-year-old approach to sustainable land management.

A peer-reviewed study by research and public policy organisation Pew Charitable Trusts has deemed the return to working and living on the land as critical to the conservation of the outback.

The study, “The Modern Outback: Nature, People and the ¬Future of Remote Australia’’, has also sought to redefine the outback as extending well “beyond the black stump’’; to cover 73 per cent of the continent, including the rainforests and wetlands of Cape York Peninsula.

Released next week in Canberra and the first in a series of “Outback Papers’’, the study ranks the diverse 500 million sq km landscape alongside the Amazon Basin, the tundra of Alaska, Canada and Siberia and the Sahara.

Co-author Barry Trail said the outback stood out in a world where most of the land surface had been modified.
“The outback is one of the few remaining large natural regions where ecological processes function normally, where the rivers still flow and wildlife still moves across the landscape as it has done for a millennia,’’ Trail said.

Instead of kicking populations off endangered ecosystems around the world, Trail says ¬people are needed to protect the outback. “The landscapes of much of the outback need more people living and working on them to thwart the series of deeply entrenched threats,’’ he said.

“We need to manage fire, control feral animals and noxious weeds, and implement conservation programs that maintain wildlife (and) protect the general health of the environment.’’

The Australian Conservation Foundation, which has worked for 40 years on helping Cape York clans reclaim ancient lands, agrees. “Cape York’s tenure resolution program, giving land back to traditional owners … provides one of the best opportunities to deliver multi-tenure mixed-use land outcomes that deliver social, cultural and environmental outcomes,’’ spokesman Andrew Picone said.

It is a sentiment echoed by Ross, who despairs at the welfare dependency at Cape York, saying the environment and his people benefit from the program. “The only way to respect the land is to be on country — you can’t do it from town and it means the younger generation develop the connection, have work and both supports the other.’’