Applications called for Greenhouse Gas Inventory Research Fund grants

The funding round for the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI’s) 2021 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Research Fund is now open, with $1.1 million available for new projects in the 2021/22 financial year.

Steve Penno, MPI’s director of investment programmes, says the fund provides funding for new research projects that aim to improve the Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which compiles and calculates greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture in New Zealand.

“The inventory is an important tool in enabling New Zealand’s reporting to the New Zealand Greenhouse Gas Inventory and the United Nations under the Paris Climate Agreement,” says Mr Penno.

“It also informs policy decisions, improves the accuracy of our inventory, and helps our agriculture and forestry sectors to manage their greenhouse gas emissions.

“It also supports the development of land-use projections, including afforestation and deforestation.

“With emissions from the agricultural sector making up around half of New Zealand’s gross emissions it’s essential that we continue to effectively measure our emissions, so we can seek ways to tackle them.”

Priorities for the 2021 funding round are:

  • methane
  • modelling and data
  • sequestration, land use and land-use emissions
  • reviews and updates to existing Inventory items
  • projections and targets
  • policy-driven research
  • nitrous oxide (N2O).

Applications close on 19 July 2021. More information is available on MPI’s website.

Source:  Ministry for Primary Industries

US officially becomes the only nation to leave the Paris Climate Agreement

The US has officially left the Paris Climate Agreement, a non-binding pact embracing nearly 190 nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change.

The Trump administration began the formal process of exiting the Agreement on November 4 last year by filing the necessary paperwork to the United Nations. After a mandatory yearlong waiting period – while votes were being counted in a tight presidential election – the paperwork and renouncement were finalised.

This means the US is the only country to renounce the Paris Agreement after adopting it, The New York Times reported. Continue reading