New technologies will help reduce agricultural emissions – but, for now, efficiencies remain key

New Zealand’s livestock farmers are likely to be able to employ selective breeding, methane inhibitors and perhaps even methanogen vaccines to help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions within the next five to 10 years.

In the meantime, farmers wanting to make a difference to climate change need to know what their emissions are and where they come from, so they can examine every facet of their business for efficiency improvements that can maintain profitability while reducing emissions.

That’s the message from Dr Harry Clark, Director of the New Zealand Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) and a member of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), following the launch of a new website (www.farmingmatters.nz) by the research centre.  Its aim it to equip New Zealand farmers and rural professionals with the knowledge needed to assess and manage on-farm emissions and adapt to a changing environment.

The launch of the website coincided with the Government’s signal that it will implement farm-level accounting and pricing of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. Continue reading