PF Olsen Busy with Carbon-related Work Initiatives

The pre-1990 forest land mapping standard is expected to be released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry next week. PF Olsen will be able to maximise area claims within the mapping rules by remapping stand boundaries using a mix of technician's skills in photo-interpretation and the power of ArcGIS 9.3 in conjunction with PF Olsen's FIPS stand record system. Processes such as buffering the stand-edge will be important for maximising area. More area equals more NZUs claimed. For larger forests with complex boundaries the additional cost associated with accurate mapping has a payback many times over.

Work on pooling NZUs to increase returns for forest owners from carbon credit sales is progressing well with the first pool of units expected to go to market soon.

"What we are finding is that buyers are looking for larger packages, say 100,000+", says Peter Weblin, PF Olsen's Marketing Manager. "Being a commodity, we believe the price for carbon will be well-known and consistent across the market during a given time period. The key will be minimising the cost of sales by presenting attractive parcels direct to buyers. This will maximise the returns to the forest owner.

"Domestic purchasers have been very supportive of our approach and most of the major emitters have been approached and are keen on doing business with us".

The pool approach being developed by PF Olsen will not only canvass the domestic market but also the international market via the process of converting NZUs to AAUs. This will ensure that the best possible net price is achieved for the forest owner.

If you would like to find out more about how PF Olsen can help you maximise the returns for your NZU sales, please click on the Comment link below, or contact Colin Hercus on 07 921 7232.