Technology cuts carbon emission in dairy cows

Rural Exchange 06/05/2018

The Productivity Commission recently released a draft report called the Low Emissions Economy. 

The report recommends that the Government should increase its yearly funding for research on agricultural mitigation technologies to a level that better reflects the potential value of successful outcomes.

It also suggests that the agricultural sector can reduce its emissions by 20%.

Tim Mackle, CEO of Dairy NZ, joined Rural Exchange to discuss if these expectations are realistic.

He says the sheep and beef sector has reduced its carbon emissions by almost 20% below 1990 levels, which is well below New Zealand’s Paris commitments of 11%.

The Productivity Commission is currently taking public submissions on the report and will present a final copy to the Government in the second half of 2018.

The full draft report is available here.

Watch the full interview with Tim Mackle above.

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