We support the establishment of an Independent Climate Change Commission.
We support the establishment of an Independent Climate Change Commission made up of experts who will advise the Government with the best science and economics in mind. Our expectation is that the agricultural sector will be consulted on appointments to the Commission, and by the Commission as they form their advice. It is important that the Commission has a practical understanding of farming systems and the options available to reduce on-farm emissions.
We support reviews.
We support five-yearly reviews of emissions reductions targets that keep us on track with what other countries are doing and what mitigations are possible. We would like to see the review criteria strengthened to ensure the analysis and advice is grounded in the New Zealand context.
We accept the 2030 target for 10% biogenic methane reduction but want that number to be checked by the Commission.
This target should be subject to review, in line with the economic development of the first three emissions budgets. It is important for it to be checked to have sound rationale and scientific underpinning.
It’s important that we play our part and get started on the journey over the next 11 years.
While we accept a 2030 target for methane reduction we also believe that in the interests of transparency, visibility, and equity of action there should also be 2030 targets for carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide as part of the Zero Carbon Bill.
We accept the 2050 net zero targets for carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide.
We hold this position because the target is grounded in science and is provisional in nature. This target will be regularly reviewed by the Independent Climate Change Commission at five-yearly intervals against robust criteria.
We have significant concerns about the 2050 methane target range.
We have significant concerns about the proposed 2050 methane target range (reduce by 24-47%), it’s scientific grounding, and its potential economic impacts.
We propose the target is provisionally set at a reduction of up to 24%. We won’t be alone in striving to meet this target as biogenic methane applies to the whole livestock sector and includes landfill waste.
This target should be regularly reviewed by the independent Climate Change Commission considering economic impacts, social and cultural implications, developments in scientific understanding, the feasibility and availability of mitigation tools in a New Zealand context, and what other countries and sectors are doing with Green House Gas mitigation and dairy production. It should also be factored in when the Commission develops the Emission Budgets.
We support farmers getting recognition for their planting.
It is also our view that farmers should be able get recognition for their on-farm planting such as riparian strips and shelter belts, and other mitigations. This means on-farm planting and mitigation efforts will count towards addressing individual farms methane and nitrous oxide emissions.
We believe this is the most prudent approach as it reflects the current scientific and policy understanding of methane and its effect on warming.
DairyNZ's position is supported by Tatua, Synlait, Fonterra and Miraka.