New Zealand targets agricultural emissions in climate change bill

New Zealand targets agricultural emissions in climate change bill


New Zealand’s government will introduce legislation to tackle climate change on Wednesday which includes a target for cutting methane emissions from livestock by at least 10 percent by 2030.

The agriculture sector slammed the bill as a threat to one of the largest contributors to New Zealand’s economy, though environmentalists say it is also a major polluter.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has set a goal for the country to be carbon neutral by 2025, said on Wednesday the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill is a “landmark action” on climate change.

The bill treats methane emissions from animals differently than other greenhouse gas emissions, but still targets a 10 percent reduction in biological methane by 2030, and a reduction of up to 47 percent by 2050.

Carbon emissions would be reduced to net zero by 2050, according to the legislation.

full story – Reuters

Praveen Menon