This preliminary report, commissioned by the Agricultural Alliance on Climate Change, aims to help identify the potential, problems, and priorities for rural businesses and communities in contributing to Australian action on climate change. It focuses on the prospects for rural Australians becoming valued service providers in three important areas of Australia's low carbon future:
* providing clean energy and electricity;
* mobilising agricultural mitigation and greenhouse gas offsets; and
* supporting environmental stewardship on private land.
The paper presents the best available information on the potential supply of each of these services from rural Australia, assesses key challenges or impediments that need to be overcome in order to realise this potential, and estimates the associated benefits for Australia rural businesses and communities.