Why is DairyNZ involved in addressing greenhouse gas emissions?
- Greenhouse gas emissions from the dairy sector have increased over the past 25 years.
- Greenhouse gases have a big impact globally on climate change, and therefore global action is required. This is the basis of the international climate change agreements (Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement). New Zealand has signed up to both agreements as a good global citizen.
- New Zealand’s GHG reduction targets are economy wide and include all the GHGs. This includes agriculture and on-farm nitrous oxide and methane emissions.
- Half on New Zealand’s emissions come from agriculture and a quarter come from the dairy industry.
- To meet New Zealand’s GHG targets action is required across New Zealand’s economy, this includes the dairy industry.
- There are currently limited mitigation options available to reduce dairy farm methane and nitrous oxide emissions.
What is DairyNZ doing?
- Partnering with the Government, and the wider agricultural industry via the Biological Emissions Reference Group (BERG) to collaboratively build a robust and agreed evidence base on the opportunities available now, and in the future, to reduce biological greenhouse gas emissions.
- Partnering with Fonterra, with the support of the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries, via the Dairy Action for Climate Change.
- Building the climate change capability of rural professionals through professional training courses.
- Raising awareness with farmers of the actions they can take now.
- Undertaking dairy farm greenhouse gas pilot case studies to determine the potential reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which could be possible across different farm systems and to quantify the effect on the farms profitability and productivity.
- Investing and undertaking research and development to identify and commercialise breakthrough technologies and mitigation options to lower emissions.