Submission: Action on agriculture emissions

Last year, the Government established the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC) – an independent ministerial advisory group – to look into how best to manage reducing emissions from agriculture (including the option for putting a price on these emissions under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme).  The ICCC engaged broadly – with farmers and growers from around the country, Māori land owners, primary sector organisations, foresters, NGOs and bankers – to develop its recommendations, which it delivered to us in April. For an overview of feedback and questions that the ICCC heard, and how they have been addressed, go to page 11 of the ICCC report.

The issue: We need to incentivise farmers to reduce emissions - Our best chance to avoid the worst effects of climate change is joining global action for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, to limit the increase in the average global temperature to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

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