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Biological emissions report released

A new report shows many farmers want to take action to reduce emissions, but need more information about what steps they can take.

It also shows if all farmers operated using today’s best practice, we may be able to reduce emissions by up to 10%. Continued funding for research into new, novel technologies will be important for reducing emissions further.

The Biological Emissions Reference Group Report is the culmination of 2 years of research into the opportunities, costs and barriers to reducing biological emissions in New Zealand’s primary industries.

The Biological Emissions Reference Group (BERG) is a joint agriculture industry-government working group of 9 key organisations: Beef + Lamb NZ, DairyNZ, Deer Industry NZ, Federated Farmers, The Fertiliser Association of NZ, Fonterra, HortNZ, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), and Ministry for the Environment (MfE).

Penny Nelson, deputy director general policy and trade at MPI, says the group saw the need for a good evidence base to support the sector to address some key climate challenges.

Read theĀ Report of the Biological Emissions Reference GroupĀ