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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...

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...

Agricultural Emissions Mitigation in New Zealand: Answers to Questions from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

Farmers change slowly     Avoid pain with clear signals     Research; replace cows.     This paper explores how New Zealand should address agricultural greenhouse gas emissions: methane and nitrous oxide. The starting point is the...

Cows, Sheep and Science: A Scientific Perspective on Biological Emissions from Agriculture

The science is clear.     When debating emissions,     consider your goals.     Biological emissions from agriculture (methane and nitrous oxide) make up almost half New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions, so their importance relative...

Lessons Learned from the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

A pioneer scheme  The foundation for much more.  Lessons learned? Perhaps.  The New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) was launched in 2008 following more than a decade of policy deliberation on how emission pricing could...

Does money grow on trees? Mitigation under climate policy in a heterogeneous sheep-beef sector

Ruminating on   methane. Land use will change and   someone’s gotta pay.I use simulations from the Land Use in Rural New Zealand model to consider mitigation for different classes of sheep-beef farms under climate policy. Farmers...

Yield to Change: Modelling the Land-use Response to Climate-Driven Changes in Pasture Production

Yields go up – and down    at times. But farmers respond    and now we know how.    In contrast to most economic drivers of land-use change, climate-related drivers display substantial geographic variation. Accounting...

Agricultural productivity in New Zealand: First estimates from the Longitudinal Business Database

The agricultural sector produces 40% of New Zealand’s merchandise exports. Not only is agriculture the primary source of employment in many rural areas, its performance influences the success of urban regions and many secondary industries...

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