Action on agricultural emissions

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Contact: Ministry for the Environment

Update – 24 October 2019

Government decisions on reducing agricultural emissions

On Thursday 24 October 2019, the Government announced the introduction of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Bill. This Bill supports New Zealand’s move to a low emissions climate-resilient economy. It includes decisions to address our agricultural emissions.

For more details visit the Ministry for the Environment website

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) are consulting on proposed options to reduce agricultural emissions. Submissions are open from 16 July until 13 August 2019. It's important we hear from as many New Zealanders as possible.

Last year, the Government asked the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC) to look into options to reduce agricultural emissions. We have used the ICCC’s recommendations, as well as conversations with leaders in the agriculture sector and other key stakeholders, to put together some proposed ways forward.

We propose putting a price on agricultural emissions at farm level from 2025. There are also 2 options for managing emissions in the interim. These options are to put a price on emissions at processor level, or establish a formal sector-government agreement.

Have a read of our discussion document to review these proposals – and let us know what you think of them. Your feedback will help us make the best decisions on policies to reduce agricultural emissions.

Full details, including the discussion document, are on the MfE website.

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