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Expert slams govt delay in pricing agricultural emissions

12 Jun 24 - The coalition government has reaffirmed greenhouse gases from agriculture won’t be covered in the Emissions Trading Scheme and Cabinet is disestablishing primary sector climate action partnership He Waka Eke Noa.

Climate announcements coming to Fieldays?

11 Jun 24 - Farmers and the wider agricultural sector gathering at Fieldays this week make the event a likely venue for rolling out environment and climate change policy.

‘No additional warming’ for methane target - but relative to when, asks expert?

7 Jun 24 - Advocates of the government’s methane review will probably be disappointed to learn that aligning the target with “no additional warming” might not give farmers the green light to relax about their methane emissions.

No "silver bullet" for methane reduction on dairy farms, but...

7 Jun 24 - Media release | Last week, Te Puna Umanga Venture Taranaki, the regional development agency for Taranaki, hosted Mooving on Methane.

Budget prioritises adaptation over emissions reductions

31 May 24 - The government is prioritising stop banks and floodwalls over initiatives to reduce emissions, with the $1.2bn Regional Infrastructure Fund to focus on climate resilience efforts, while hundreds of millions of dollars of funding for conservation efforts has been cut.

Environment commissioner calls for separate ETS for methane

23 May 24 - The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has again called for forestry to be phased out of the Emissions Trading Scheme and is calling for a separate ETS for methane.

Farms could be the backbone of Aotearoa’s renewable energy future

17 May 24 - If each of New Zealand’s 50,000 farms installed a midsize solar array they would generate about two-thirds of the country’s current electricity needs.


AgriZeroNZ invests $9.9M in US company in race for ‘holy grail’ methane vaccine

13 May 24 - Media release | AgriZeroNZ, the joint venture fast-tracking emissions reduction tools for Kiwi farmers, is doubling down on efforts to deliver a methane vaccine with an investment in US ag-biotech...

Govt looking at policy to restrict forestry in the ETS: Watts

7 May 24 - By Liz Kivi | The government is looking at complementary policies around land use to restrict forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme, rather than making changes directly to the scheme.

Kiwi company aims to make alternative protein from carbon emissions

6 May 24 - A New Zealand-based start-up has raised $1 million towards commercialising production of an alternative protein made with carbon emissions.

Fast-track Approvals Bill ‘serious risk’ to NZ exporters: Environmental Defence Society

29 Apr 24 - Exporters should be ‘deeply concerned’ that the Fast-track Approvals Bill has not been assessed for consistency with any of New Zealand’s free trade agreements, according to the Environmental Defence...

Is a storm brewing for NZ dairy production?

22 Apr 24 - By Nick Swallow | OPINION: Animal proteins make up 40% of New Zealand’s exports. So why aren’t we talking about alternative proteins, which look set to disrupt the dairy industry along with a major...

Emissions down for 2022

18 Apr 24 - Aotearoa New Zealand’s gross greenhouse gas emissions fell by 4% in 2022, according to new figures.

Agriculture needs innovation to stay open for business

18 Apr 24 - Media release | The agricultural sector is facing a crisis, with forecasts for registering innovative animal and crop health products hitting an all-time low.

Highly productive land decreasing as agricultural land use intensifies, carbon forestry set to increase

17 Apr 24 - The latest environmental report outlines the pressure on land and soil from changes in use and invasive species.

Commission’s advice ‘not gospel’ - Willis

12 Apr 24 - The finance minister and associate Climate Change minister told a business gathering that the Climate Change Commission is not “a deity” and its Emissions Trading Scheme advice was “not gospel”.

Emissions Trading Scheme underperforming - study

12 Apr 24 - Media release | The impact of Aotearoa’s main tool in the fight against climate change could be heightened if five sectors were better regulated, according to a new study.

Additional $18 million to reduce agricultural emissions

10 Apr 24 - The government and businesses are committing an additional $18 million to a public-private joint venture to reduce agricultural emissions.

Net zero emissions target may need strengthening: Climate Change Commission

9 Apr 24 - By Jeremy Rose | New Zealand’s current Net Zero 2050 emissions reduction target may need to be strengthened, the Climate Change Commission says in a discussion document released yesterday.


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