Frequently Asked Questions

Please find a list of FAQs about the Ruminati tool below. For any additional questions, please contact us directly, or email hello@ruminati.com.au and a member of our team will get in touch with you.

About the Ruminati platform

What can I use the Ruminati emissions calculator for?
Ruminati’s emissions calculator is a self-reporting tool and can be used for measuring and reporting your on-farm emissions.

What information will I receive from a Ruminati emissions report?
Your Ruminati emissions report will provide you with an estimate of your property’s Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, along with an estimate of total and net emissions, and sequestration. If you have Ruminati PRIME, you’ll also be able to access advanced intensity metrics as well as forecast future emissions and see how you can move the dial to improve your footprint.

What happens to my data?
The Ruminati platform is designed so that you retain control of your data at all times. Ruminati doesn’t share your data with anyone, without your explicit consent.

If you want to share your data with another organisation, you have the opportunity to do so by providing direct consent to a data share request sent by that organisation. Even then, Ruminati will only share your emissions insights and summary, not your farm-level data.

For a full rundown of how data sharing works on the Ruminati platform, please download the data sharing guide below.

Download the data sharing guide

About emissions reporting

Does my household energy contribute to my on-farm emissions?
Only the operations on your farm should be considered, not your residential house. If you have a farm office this should be considered as part of your emissions because it is part of the business operation.

Does my registered carbon project reduce my farm’s emissions baseline?
If you have a carbon project registered under the Clean Energy Regulator and carbon sequestered from the project is being sold to the market in the form of carbon credits, it will not form part of reducing your farm’s baseline.

This is because once your one tonne of carbon sequestered (equal to one Australian Carbon Credit Unit or ACCU) is traded, that tonne of carbon is omitted because you have sequestered it. Only by retaining and retiring a portion of ACCUs and not selling it to the market can you use it to reduce baseline emissions on your farm.

Why can I only count trees from 1990 onward?
The alignment of 1990 trees for the Ruminati tool follows the draft guidelines produced by Climate Active which specifies how tree planting may be included to reduce a farms baseline emissions.

Ruminati aligns with the Meat and Livestock Association (MLA) approach with the CN30 target in terms of including vegetation as part of a farm's baseline carbon account. This is because we believe producers should be allowed to include tree growth in their carbon account in order to be recognised for their land stewardship and for reducing emissions at a farm scale.

Please note that we differ from the NGGI approach to estimating agricultural emissions accounting as it only accounts for agricultural based emissions on-farm and not for vegetation growth (i.e. from planting). You may choose to unselect trees and undertake a carbon footprint if you need to align with the NGGI for your business.