The federal government has appointed Professor Alexander McBratney to the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee (ERAC) for a period of three years.
McBratney is the director of the Sydney Institute of Agriculture and a professor of Soil Science. He has made major contributions to soil science and agriculture through the development of the concepts of pedometrics, digital soil mapping and precision agriculture.
He also has extensive expertise in soil carbon, which is a priority under the federal government’s Technology Investment Roadmap. Soil carbon is also one of five priority methods currently being developed in 2021, under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).
The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee’s role is to advise the government on ERF methods, to ensure that projects funded under the initiative deliver genuine emissions reductions. These in turn help Australia meet and beat its emissions reduction targets.
McBratney will contribute to the work at ERAC particularly in ensuring that Australia continues to provide world-class, science-driven methods which underpin soil carbon credits under the Emissions Reduction Fund.