Agricultural Emissions Mitigation in New Zealand: Answers to Questions from the Parliamentary Commisioner for the Environment
Motu Working Paper 16-16
72 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2016
Date Written: October 18, 2016
This paper explores how New Zealand should address agricultural greenhouse gas emissions: methane and nitrous oxide. The starting point is the internationally agreed-upon goal of limiting global warming to below two degrees, and New Zealand’s commitment to contribute its ‘fair share’ to the international climate-change mitigation effort. The report focuses on the role of mitigating biological agricultural emissions within that, and how New Zealand could most cost-effectively mitigate its own emissions and contribute to the mitigation of agricultural emissions abroad. This paper complements a partner paper (Hollis et al 2015) that discusses the science relating to agricultural greenhouse gases.
Keywords: Climate change, mitigation, agriculture, New Zealand, methane, nitrous oxide, livestock, metrics, policy
JEL Classification: Q18, Q54, Q58
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