Greenhouse gases and climate change affects all New Zealanders. The New Zealand Government has an economy-wide target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Zero Carbon Bill
The Zero Carbon Bill will set into legislation a long term commitment to transition New Zealand to a low emissions climate resilient economy.
Dairy Action for Climate Change
DairyNZ is committed to build the foundation to support dairy farmers and the wider dairy industry to address on-farm methane and nitrous emissions.
Greenhouse gases in dairy
The main agricultural greenhouse gases (GHG) are methane and nitrous oxide. Methane is produced in the rumen of the cows by methanogen microbes.
The management and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a global effort. New Zealand is involved in international agreements for GHG emissions.
Trees have many attributes. Plantings for timber, livestock shelter, shade, fodder, soil conservation, carbon sequestration and biodiversity can deliver significant benefits.
There are actions farmers are undertaking now, including changes to feeds and fertiliser application, that are helping to lower greenhouse emissions and reduce nitrogen leaching on dairy farms.