[10 May/Farmers Weekly]

Victoria University Climate Change Expert Professor Dave Frame reports that farmers should not make much of the long-term methane reduction targets announced by the Government last week.  He is pleased the Zero Carbon Bill contains targets that differentiate between long and short-lived gases and that the targets will be subject to periodic revisions. However, the level of the methane reduction targets – 10% by 2030 and between 24% and 47% of 2017 levels by 2050 – is higher than he expected as he reports they are much higher than those needed to stabilise temperatures. Professor Frame states that targets only say so much and credibility will come from actual policies. Federated Farmers vice-president Andrew Hoggard said the methane reduction targets send a message to farmers that NZ is prepared to give up on pastoral farming as the only way to achieve the targets is to cut production.