CCAC activities

Workstream | Agriculture
Ongoing
Enteric fermentation is a natural part of the digestive process in ruminant animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, and buffalo. Microbes in the digestive tract, or rumen, decompose and ferment food,...
Ruminant production and enteric methane

Other activities

Domestic activities:

New Zealand is undertaking a range of domestic activities to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, such as:

  • establishing the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, which has a methane research programme with four main aims for delivery (develop low methane-emitting breed selection tools; develop low GHG forage farm systems; develop a methane reduction vaccine solution; discover and test ruminal methane inhibitors that maintain productivity levels);
  • policy changes on waste management that have led to decreased volumes of solid waste going to municipal landfills (from about 3.2 million tonnes in 1995 to about 2.5 million tonnes in 2012);
  • increased number of landfills with methane recovery systems – in 2011, two-thirds of waste went to landfills with these systems;
  • levy on imported goods and motor vehicles containing synthetic greenhouse gas (HFCs and PFCs) since July 2013;
  • expansion of the Heavy Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Programme in 2014 to reach an additional 150 small to medium sized vehicle fleets over three years; and
  • implementation of central government initiatives to improve urban air quality, such as requirements for diesel imports to meet Euro V standards, maximums for fleet average age, etc.

 

International activities:

At the international level, a range of activities is also under way to promote the aims of the Coalition. These activities include:

  • leading investment in mitigation research through our active engagement as a member of and secretariat to the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, as well as a commitment of NZ$45 million to activities that support the Alliance until June 2019;
  • active engagement and advocacy for fossil fuel subsidy reform, in order to level the playing field for renewable energy vis-à-vis fossil fuels;  
  • support for the inclusion of HFCs in the Montreal Protocol;
  • Co-hosting the Pacific Energy Summit 2013, which secured donor commitments of NZ$635 million (actual commitments totaled over NZ$ 900 million) , and the Pacific Energy Conference 2016, which secured further donor commitments of NZ$1 billion, to advance clean energy projects across the Pacific; and
  • building on outcomes from the Pacific Energy Summit, New Zealand invested approximately NZ$120 million in supporting clean, efficient and affordable energy in the Pacific and further afield, often to support the transition from diesel generation to renewable energy, and at the Pacific Energy Conference, New Zealand committed a further NZ$100 million

 

Resources

Address

Ministry for Climate Change Issues, Private Bag 18041, Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160
New Zealand

Initiatives

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