[7 June/The Country]

Greenpeace questioned why the Government was tabling options for its Zero Carbon Bill that could result in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions being treated more softly than other emissions. Farming groups were happy to see the Government considering its approach to shorter-lived gases differently. Greenpeace Climate Campaigner, Kate Simcock, said as the biggest emitting industry in the country, it would be bad to exclude dairy and agricultural gases. She argued without including these emissions, the Zero Carbon Act would be a much weaker climate commitment than was promised. Federated Farmers Climate Change Spokesperson, Andrew Hoggard, said the option was valid and practical. He noted the per kilogram carbon footprint of New Zealand meat and milk production was far lower than most overseas producers. Beef + Lamb NZ Chief Executive, Sam McIvor, echoed his comments.