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A note on New Zealand’s methane emissions from livestock

30 August 2018

Given the large role that agriculture plays in our economy, tackling methane from livestock will be an important part of New Zealand’s response to climate change. The Government is currently developing a Zero Carbon Bill that will define New Zealand’s climate target for 2050, including how methane will be treated.

There is no easy blueprint to follow for reducing biological greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. For that reason, the Commissioner is preparing a full report on biological sources and sinks of greenhouse gases and how they might be treated in the context of setting targets and designing policies, which will be released later this year.

As part of that research, modelling was commissioned to provide a better understanding of the contribution of New Zealand’s livestock methane to warming. The Commissioner is releasing the results of the modelling prior to the release of the full report, to ensure that wider policy discussions are grounded in the underlying science.

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  • Resources

    2018 – A note on New Zealand’s methane emissions from livestock (PDF 1.4 MB)
    FAQs – New Zealand’s methane emissions from livestock (PDF 41 KB)
    Media release – New Zealand's methane emissions from livestock (PDF 433 KB)
    Contribution of methane emissions from NZ livestock to global warming – Reisinger, NZAGRC (PDF 2.1 MB)