Federated Farmers recognises that human activity is and continues to be a factor in global warming. The Federation, however, strongly opposes livestock emissions (methane and nitrous oxide) being included in the ETS until cost-effective mitigation options are available and our competitors in other countries face similar costs. New Zealand livestock producers are already amongst the most efficient producers in the world and that these ongoing marginal increases in efficiency, that are strongly driven by a number of, non-ETS, factors) will continue to provide climate change benefits – reductions in emission intensity of products we produce .
Specific policy areas that Federated Farmers is actively pursuing, includes:
- Keeping agriculture (methane and nitrous oxide) out of the ETS.
- Greater government investment in research that both reduces livestock emissions and improves farm productivity.
- Securing separate treatment for greenhouse gases (persistent vs temporary / net emissions vs gross emissions).
- Fixing the point of obligation to where it will better recognise what is occurring on farms.
- Broadening the definition of sequestration on farms (shelter belts, riparian margins, etc.).
- Influencing the billion trees programme so that it doesn’t take out too much productive pasture.
Federated Farmers is putting its case forward in meeting with politicians. The Federation continues to be active in sector groups like the Biological Emissions Reference Group.
The Federation will continue to be a strong independent voice of farmers in Wellington as the new Government seeks to implement its climate change agenda.