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The role of land-use change

Even if livestock agriculture could technically be achieved with extremely low emissions, and currently it cannot, other land uses may be more profitable for New Zealand farmers once the costs of greenhouse gases and excessive...

Modelling the potential impact of New Zealand’s freshwater reforms on land-based Greenhouse Gas emissions

Clean water is good    Does it reduce climate change? Alas, not that much.The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) establishes the need to set and manage water resources within limits. This report is...

Empirical evidence on mitigation and co-benefit potential on dairy and sheep-beef farms with currently used farm practices

In 2014, the New Zealand government released the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, largely aiming at controlling nutrient leaching across the country. What effects will this reform be likely to have on greenhouse gases?This...

Land-use Contaminant Loads and Mitigation Costs

A great deal of research has been carried out to quantify the processes, transformations and effects of contaminant loss from land to water, as well as to identify strategies to mitigate contaminant losses to freshwater...

Freshwater contaminant limit assessment of the regions

This report provides freshwater contaminant limit assessments for the regions for phosphorus, nitrogen, E. coli, and sediment. The assessments will be used for a national modelling exercise using New Zealand Forestry and Agricultural Regional Model...

New Zealand’s freshwater reforms: what are the potential impacts on greenhouse gas emissions?

Clean water is good     Does it reduce climate change?     Alas, not that much.    This report is a synthesis of results from two independent studies and was originally prepared for the...

Cool food: Agricultural emissions reduction and tech opportunities

On-farm mitigation is not enough to meet climate targets cost-effectively. Diversifying land use is valuable anyway:economic risks e.g. synthetic meat and milk; consumer pressure
climate change risks and opportunities

Evolution of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme: Sectoral Coverage and Point of Obligation

Emission pricing can have more effect when it reaches far and wide.When it was launched in 2008, the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) pioneered the design concept of implementing an emissions trading scheme...

Sheep and Beef Farm Survey

Documentation for the Sheep and Beef Farm Survey, including farm performance indicators, by farm class. Available from Beef + Lamb New Zealand Economic Service here.

Implications of global emission policy scenarios for domestic agriculture: a New Zealand case study

In the post-Paris world of ‘nationally determined contributions’ to mitigation, the prospects for agricultural mitigation policies may rest on whether they are in the national economic interest of large agricultural producers. New Zealand is a...

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