Feral animals

Updated 2 June 2015

MAIN POINTS:

  • Feral animals is not an eligible activity under the ERF because it is not a Kyoto-compliant activity.
  • A camel methodology was rejected by the independent expert committee in 2011 for not taking full enough account of population issues.
  • No active method development is underway, but further research on feral animal emissions is continuing.
Have we seen the last of camel methodologies?

Have we seen the last of camel methodologies?

THE DETAILS:

A camel management methodology was submitted by Northwest Carbon in 2011 focusing on the reduction of methane emissions from camel culling - the benefit arose from reduced lifespan for removed animals. The methodology was not supported by the Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee because it did not take full account of population dynamics of camels in Australia and proposed funded camel culling programs. The rejection also came after a number of submissions relating to animal welfare.

While there appears to be no active methodology development in this space at the moment, further research is continuing and a report by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre is due soon. The report will suggest that control of rabbits, goats and camels could provide a cost effective pathway for emissions reductions.

NON-KYOTO

Feral animal management is a non-Kyoto activity because the emissions from feral animals do not count towards Australia's national account under the Kyoto Protocol. This means that under changes to the ERF to remove non-Kyoto projects feral animals is no longer an eligible activity. For more see Kyoto changes explained.

RESOURCES

The role of rabbits and other invasive herbivore control in reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions  Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre