[13 March/The Country]

According to Federated Farmers, proposals to address climate change could work as long as there is cross-party support backed by a Climate Commission that has access to informed science. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, explained nine recommendations to ensure New Zealand sets effective carbon budgets, established a credible Climate Change Commission and drives plans and policies that turn into action. Federated Farmers Climate Change Spokesperson, Andrew Hoggard, said Federated Farmers supported Mr Upton, and that it was good to see the report addressed complexity around different gases and how they each need to be managed. Mr Hoggard added that while agricultural emissions are part of the problem, there needs to be a pragmatic approach to how we manage and reduce all greenhouse gases. He emphasised the importance of a Zero Carbon Act and establishing a Climate Change Commission.