Tuesday, 25 June 2013

New Motu Note: Tackling Agricultural Emissions - Potential Leadership from a Small Country

Post written by R. Cretney.

A new and exciting Motu note has been released by Suzi Kerr and Zack Dorner addressing the issues of tackling agricultural emissions in New Zealand.

This is one of the outcomes from the AgDialogue process which gathered together individuals from across New Zealand farming, policy and science sectors to discuss issues of climate change and agriculture. In this paper, Suzi and Zack detail the challenges and potential solutions to integrating agricultural emissions in an Emissions Trading Scheme that emerged as a result through this process. They also emphasize the important role a small nation, such as New Zealand, can play in the global community to reduce emissions from agriculture through collaboration and innovation.

Check out the new paper here and let us know your thoughts on New Zealand's role in the global community for reducing emissions in the comments section.

1 comment:

  1. the poultry industry has approached this by reviewing the 1996 IPCC default emission factors (that originally formed the values based on the NZ ETS legislation) and improving the GHG NZ inventory by supplying, current (e.g. 2010 and 2011 industry data - at the time). This was successfully accepted in the NZ GHG inventory and indirectly reduced the ETS factor from 0.8 to 0.2 tonnes of Co2 per tonne of meat produced. There are MAF or MPI reports on this work. They have been very successful in demonstrating the unique farming practices in NZ. There is definitely room for further improvement! Dr. Fick.


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