New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissionsDespite signing the Paris Climate Agreement, a global agreement setting future emissions targets to mitigate climate change, New Zealand’s gross greenhouse gas emissions have not yet decreased significantly. However, the country has recently introduced the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill in order to ensure the country can implement clear and stable climate change policies.
The agriculture industry is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the country. Significant quantities of methane, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide are generated from livestock farming and horticulture. Research into how to reduce these emissions is continually being done, however more work is still required in order to develop safe and reliable methods of reducing methane that can be used on farms while maintaining integrity in the farming practices in New Zealand.