Greenhouse Gases: Carbon, Methane and Nitrous Oxide

The major greenhouse gases of interest to the primary sector are carbon, methane and nitrous oxide.

The New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is part of New Zealand’s response to international efforts to reduce the greenhouse gases (GHG), which contribute to global warming.

On this page you will find a series of resources that can help you better understand GHG and options for managing them.

There are opportunities for people with forests to trade carbon. To manage opportunities and risk effectively, carbon stock forests may need to be managed differently from commercial forests, which are traditionally managed for timber.

There are also market opportunities for businesses that undertake carbon footprinting and life cycle analysis (LCA).

Case studies

Farmers and growers across the country are already making business decisions on greenhouse gases. Read some of their stories, on how they are turning climate change to their advantage.

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Last Updated: 23 January 2013

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