New Zealand farmers want to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030

Animal News : New Zealand farmers want to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030

New Zealand farmers want to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030, the Fonterra Co-Operative Group (Co-Op) said on Thursday.

The country has about 10 million cows, 26 million sheep and 5 million people. New Zealand is the leading exporters of milk and nearly half of its total greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture.

Fonterra, a dairy farming co-operative, said that through improving farm practices, using new technologies and compensating emissions by planting trees, it expected to reduce emissions from its 8,500 farms.

“There is a lot of activity to reduce emissions across other markets, and the Co-Op needs to keep making progress to make sure it doesn’t fall behind,” Miles Hurrell, CEO at Fonterra, said.

They aim to reduce emissions by 7% by enhancing the quality of animal feed and improving the overall performance of their herds. Fonterra is also developing new technologies to reduce methane emissions. According to them, this could lead to another 7% reduction.

They plan to achieve an 8% reduction by planting and maintaining trees on farms, which can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Changes in land use also count for an 8% Reduction, according to Fonterra.

“There’s no one solution to reducing on-farm emissions. It will require a combination of sharing best farming practices and technology to reduce emissions – it’s both our biggest opportunity and our biggest challenge,” Peter McBride, chairman at Fonterra, said.

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