Become a carbon farmer

With the Zero Carbon bill, the Aotearoa-New Zealand carbon reduction commitment under the Paris Agreement and increased awareness about climate change, the demand for carbon credits from native forest is hugely outstripping supply. ekos is pioneering the use of carbon credits to fund the establishment of indigenous forest at scale through our Nature Carbon Programme.

If you are a landowner wanting to establish native forest for erosion control, waterways protection, or have marginal farmland that may deliver better returns from carbon farming - we want to hear from you.

Our forest carbon project development process works like this:

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Step 1 - Eligibility Assessment

We check the potential project site for eligibility under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

Step 2 - pre-feasibility study

We provide you a report showing initial estimates of carbon credit production potential (capital required, internal rate of return, net present value) and details of the ekos Nature Investment Model.

Step 3 - Project Development 

Detailed scoping and due diligence, including site visit. We provide you with a Project Description Report that contains the detailed planting and management plan, human resourcing strategy, scoping seedling supply and planting labour arrangements, budgeting, monetisation strategy, identifying legal instrument of protection, identifying operational protocols, roles and responsibilities.

Step 4 - Project Implementation

Planning moves to planting. Finalisation of project governance, financial systems and legal contracts. The project is registered under the NZETS. Planting and pest control begins.

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Carbon farming has provided income that is helping us develop our farm, cover the costs of pest control, and is providing opportunities for future generations. It is also a show-piece for integrated land management for other indigenous landowners throughout the country.
— Mike Gibbs, Rarakau landowner
Southland carbon farmers Ken McAnergney (left) and nephew Mike Gibbs.

Southland carbon farmers Ken McAnergney (left) and nephew Mike Gibbs.