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ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme) and plantation planting

Adapting to a changing climate

Farmers are adapting to different climatic conditions and weather patterns all the time; it is the nature of farming. The future impacts of climate change are based on modelled predictions and extensive knowledge and understanding of the impact of climate and temperature on weather patterns. This modelling suggests more frequent and more prolonged adverse events such as drought, floods, and snowstorms.

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Beef and Lamb New Zealand

The Greenhouse Effect, including long and short-lived gases

The term "Greenhouse Effect" explained including long and short lived gases, soil carbon and New Zealand's GHG emission profile

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Beef and Lamb New Zealand

Climate Change Basics

New Zealand has the lowest carbon footprint for milk in the world. However, in New Zealand, half of our emissions come from agriculture, and nearly a quarter come from dairy biological emissions (nitrous oxide and methane). Gain a better understanding of the New Zealand dairy carbon footprint

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DairyNZ

Climate Change - DINZ response

What is Deer Industry NZ doing to help its farmers meet our climate change obligations?

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DINZ

Climate Change - Environment Southland

The Environment Southland website has information relating to the impact of Climate Change on Southland and the draft Climate Change Action Plan.

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Environment Southland

AgMatters - Climate Change Basics

On this page - What are Greenhouse gases? How do we know the climate is changing? What is New Zealand's contribution to climate change?

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AG Matters

Biogenic methane from ruminant animals and nitrous oxide from agricultural soils

Understand where methane and nitrous oxide emissions on farm come from

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Beef and Lamb New Zealand

E-Check - the arable Greenhouse Gas Calculator

E-Check is a greenhouse gas emissions calculator which has been developed specifically for use in arable and mixed arable systems.

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FAR - Foundation for Arable Research

ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme) and plantation planting

Forestry and Farming: Productivity and profitability of the sheep & beef sector, emissions and carbon credits

Video - Rob Davison, Executive Director of Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Economic Service, reviews where the sheep and beef sector in NZ has come from, and where it is now in its land use, productivity and profitability, and then looks at some scenarios for the future with current policies around tree planting and emissions trading.

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How the Emissions Trading Scheme works, and Forestry for Carbon sequestration.

This fact sheet looks at how the Emissions Trading Scheme works, Forestry for Carbon sequestration and practical steps to help address your on-farm emissions.

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BNZ

Planning ETS forest land

If you are planning to establish or purchase a new forest, it’s a good idea to think about whether registering it into the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) could work for you. The ETS enables you to earn New Zealand Units for your carbon storage, but there are also obligations and risks to consider before you register.

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Canopy

A guide to creating a farm woodlot

Woodlots provide many economic, environmental and aesthetic benefits to the farm and the Southland region. Valuable timber can be grown and jobs created throughout the typical 25 to 40 year growth cycle.

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Environment Southland

Measuring Forest Carbon

We measure the carbon in New Zealand forests to track greenhouse gas emissions and removals from forestry. This page explains the role of forests and how forest carbon is measured.

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Ministry for the Environment

AgMatters - Planting trees

There are many benefits from planting trees or restoring woody vegetation on a farm, including to help combat climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide. The Emissions Trading Scheme provides a way for forest owners to be rewarded for this sequestration, but it's a complex process. 

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AG Matters

Carbon Calculator for Native Trees

This tool allows you to work out how much carbon your planted native forest is storing over a defined period of time. It also allows you to determine how many native shrubs and trees you will need to plant to off-set your carbon footprint.

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Tane's Tree Trust

AgMatters - Government and climate change

The Government is taking active steps to move New Zealand towards lower greenhouse gas emissions and greater resilience to a changing climate. This includes international and domestic reduction targets, a Climate Change Commission, changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme and the He Waka Eke Noa partnership on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

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Choose the right tree for your site

Trees work well when integrated into the landscape to complement and diversify existing land uses. Tree planting needs to be well planned by considering the long-term maintenance and end-use of the trees. If on farms, then take a whole farm approach and look at your land’s potential, water resources, environmental factors and terrain.

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Canopy

He Waka Eke Noa

Greenhouse Gas reduction targets and the role of Methane and Nitrous Oxide on farms

This fact sheet looks at the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, the role of methane and nitrous oxide, and practical steps to address your on-farm emissions.

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BNZ

He Waka Eke Noa explained

The Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership - He Waka Eke Noa, is a world first partnership, established in response to the Government's proposal to price agricultural greenhouse gas emissions through the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS).
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AgMatters - He Waka Eke Noa

"With nearly half New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions coming from agriculture, the primary sector has a key role to play in helping meet our international and domestic commitments. 
On this page: What is He Waka Eke Noa? What does this mean for farmers? When will decisions be made?"

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MPI

E-Check - the arable Greenhouse Gas Calculator

E-Check is a greenhouse gas emissions calculator which has been developed specifically for use in arable and mixed arable systems.

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FAR - Foundation for Arable Research

Biogenic methane from ruminant animals and nitrous oxide from agricultural soils

Understand where methane and nitrous oxide emissions on farm come from

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Beef and Lamb New Zealand

AgMatters - Government and climate change

The Government is taking active steps to move New Zealand towards lower greenhouse gas emissions and greater resilience to a changing climate. This includes international and domestic reduction targets, a Climate Change Commission, changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme and the He Waka Eke Noa partnership on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

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MPI

GHG calculator - Know Your Numbers

By 2022, every sheep and beef farmer should ‘know their numbers’ – that is, have calculated their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and sequestration. Funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership, the GHG Calculator is a tool for red meat farmers to measure and report on-farm GHG emissions and sequestration. It is simple, accurate and reflects the individual farm’s situation

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Greenhouse gas management and mitigation for sheep and beef farmers

New Zealand’s agricultural sector has a role to play to contribute to meeting specific greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, as part of international commitments on climate change and in the Zero Carbon Act.

This resource looks at some of the options available to reduce GHG emissions on Sheep and Beef properties

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Know your numbers

Being prepared for the future means 'knowing your numbers' in relation to both profit and environmental performance indicators to give clarity on potential adaption required for your farm system.

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DairyNZ

AgMatters - Know your numbers

Knowing what your farm’s greenhouse gas emissions are and where they come from is the first step towards reducing them. All farmers and growers in New Zealand will have to know their greenhouse gas numbers by December 2022 and have a written plan in place for managing them by December 2024.

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Reducing Farm Emissions

GHG calculator - Know Your Numbers

By 2022, every sheep and beef farmer should ‘know their numbers’ – that is, have calculated their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and sequestration. Funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership, the GHG Calculator is a tool for red meat farmers to measure and report on-farm GHG emissions and sequestration. It is simple, accurate and reflects the individual farm’s situation

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Beef and Lamb New Zealand

Greenhouse gas management and mitigation for sheep and beef farmers

New Zealand’s agricultural sector has a role to play to contribute to meeting specific greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, as part of international commitments on climate change and in the Zero Carbon Act.
This resource looks at some of the options available to reduce GHG emissions on Sheep and Beef properties

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Beef and Lamb New Zealand

Know your numbers

Being prepared for the future means 'knowing your numbers' in relation to both profit and environmental performance indicators to give clarity on potential adaption required for your farm system.

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DairyNZ

AgMatters - Know your numbers

Knowing what your farm’s greenhouse gas emissions are and where they come from is the first step towards reducing them. All farmers and growers in New Zealand will have to know their greenhouse gas numbers by December 2022 and have a written plan in place for managing them by December 2024.

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MPI

Getting to know and manage on-farm Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

This fact sheet looks at managing on-farm Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and offers practical steps to putting together an emissions reduction plan

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BNZ

Climate Change Research

DairyNZ is involved in a wide range of research, investing dairy farmers’ levy in climate change solutions developed through science.

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DairyNZ

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions on dairy farms

It is estimated that biological emissions can be reduced by up to 10 percent for the dairy sector with currently available farm management practices.

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DairyNZ

The environmental benefits of arable feeds in the dairy diet

Podcast: About the benefits mixed dairy diets to reduce urinary n levels and GHG emissions.

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FAR - Foundation for Arable Research

AgMatters - Reduce methane emissions

Agriculture contributes just over 48% of New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Methane belched out by ruminant animals is responsible for 71% of our total agricultural emissions. Reducing methane is essential if New Zealand is to meet its national and international targets.

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AgMatters

What actions can New Zealand farmers consider in an effort to reduce on-farm emissions of greenhouse gases while maintaining a profitable business?

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MPI

AgMatters - Reduce methane emissions

Agriculture contributes just over 48% of New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Methane belched out by ruminant animals is responsible for 71% of our total agricultural emissions. Reducing methane is essential if New Zealand is to meet its national and international targets.

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AgMatters - Reduce nitrous oxide emissions

Nitrous oxide is a tiny component of the atmosphere but a potent and long-lived greenhouse gas. It accounts for 12% of New Zealand's total greenhouse gas emissions. Most nitrous oxide emissions arise from agriculture. The Government has set a target of reducing nitrous oxide emissions to net zero by 2050, meaning on-farm action is critical.

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