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Carbon Footprinting

Companies are currently required to report on their Greenhouse Gas Emissions in terms of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (Act 39 of 2004)(NEM:AQA).

Carbon Tax is also being proposed by the Government, and carbon footprinting often forms a key part of a companies sustainability indicators and reporting.

Metamorphosis is able to assist companies with registration and reporting in terms of the various regulations of NEM:AQA.
Ms King undertakes Carbon Footprint calculations and reporting for companies who wish to or are required to report on their emissions performance.

Carbon reporting is a complex subject, requiring a thorough understanding of International and local protocols and guidelines and Metamorphosis is well placed to undertake the Carbon Footprint assessment and reporting at whatever levels a company wishes to report (Scope1, 2 and 3 ).

Carbon footprint reports are prepared in full accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG), the most widely used international carbon calculation methodology which is compatible with other GHG standards such as the ISO 14064. This allows for direct integration with national and international greenhouse gas (GHG) registries.

Example of graphical representation of reporting

Paddocks

Do you have weeds, no grass, dust bowls in winter and mud baths in summer? Are you throwing money away on fertilizers and compost without knowing whether they are actually doing any good?

We can help

Vicki King, in conjunction with Chippie du Toit (a pasture specialist with 25 years experience) can determine the cause of your problems. Vicki will undertake a pasture management assessment comprising an evaluation of the current practices undertaken on the property (grass types, paddock management, stocking rates, irrigation etc) and analysis of carrying capacity and soils.

Vicki is an environmental scientist with 16 years experience, she has been involved with horses for over 30 years.

She will take soil samples and analyse them to determine fertilizer requirements and potential problems with regard to nutrient supply.

Key issues which will be looked at include:
• Nutrient status of the soils and fertilizer requirements
• Soil types (lack of organic matter, sandy soils, slopes, compaction)
• Erosion
• Stocking rates and carrying capacity of the land
• Paddock rotation and resting
• Grass types
• Weeds
• Mowing
• Irrigation

Water sampling can be undertaken if there is water on the property in order to determine suitability for livestock watering and irrigation.

A management plan will be developed, providing recommendations on numbers of animals appropriate for the area and paddock sizes (to ensure adequate resting for the paddocks), weed control, irrigation (if feasible), and general soil management (compaction, compost etc).

A fertilization programme will be provided, giving clear guidance on the types and amounts of nutrient required. Follow-up visits will be undertaken to ensure appropriate ongoing management.

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