No. He Waka Eke Noa is currently focusing on investigating sequestration from on-farm vegetation but grass is not part of it.
While grass takes up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it grows, it doesn’t accumulate carbon like trees. Carbon in grass is released when harvested or eaten, so from year to year there is little or no increase in pasture carbon.
We recognise that there can be carbon stored from grass growth in soils, which at the moment is a challenge to measure and continually improve soil carbon storage rates within a New Zealand context. Refer to FAQ on carbon sequestration in soil for more on this.