[12 March/Farmers Weekly]

Climate Change Minister James Shaw advised agriculture could be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme, and the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, said the policy cannot ignore agricultural emissions. Mr Upton released a report on a Zero Carbon Act with a key goal to get cross-party support for a zero carbon economy and the establishment of a climate commission to recommend legislated greenhouse gas emission targets and provide independent expert analysis and advice to the Government. New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are 45 percent carbon dioxide, 43 percent methane and 11 percent nitrous oxide. Mr Upton said that as nitrous oxide accumulates, reducing the flow of emissions will not be enough. Federated Farmers Climate Change Spokesman, Andrew Hoggard, supported the report but added it could work only if there is cross-party support.