Category Archives: greenhouse gases

Are pine trees the problem or the solution?

Pine-forest regulation proposals are creating lots of heat with big implications for land-use and the landscape.  Right now, there is a fervent debate underway as to where pine trees fit within our future landscape. On one side stand Forestry Minister … Continue reading

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He Waka Eke Noa is now the main game in rural politics

 Rural industry leaders are caught between unhappy farmers and unhappy ministers as they try to find a pathway through the GHG dilemma The biggest game in rural politics for many years is being played out right now. On one side … Continue reading

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HWEN submission

Readers of this website will be aware that I have been supportive of the HeWaka Eke Noa (HWEN) concept as an alternative to agriculture being included in the ETS (Emission trading System).  However I have been critical of what I … Continue reading

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Forestry rules about to be upturned

More forestry upheavals are coming as the Government foreshadows big changes to the rules of the game. Sheep and beef farmers including iwi are the big prospective losers. In 2018, the Government announced that it was moving towards a new … Continue reading

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He Waka Eke Noa caught in crosswinds

He Waka Eke Noa was always going to be controversial. Right now, it is in some trouble. Four weeks have slipped by since I last wrote about the He Waka Eke Noa (HWEN) proposals for dealing with agricultural emissions of … Continue reading

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Agriculture’s greenhouse gas proposals need a reset

  Refocusing agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions from CO2e to a genuine split-gas approach requires a reset of thinking, with big decisions ahead The coming weeks are crucial in sorting out the long-term charging framework, right through to 2050, for agriculture’s … Continue reading

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The carbon price marches on

NZU investors are now driving the price of carbon as they play the market As I write this in late January 2022, the carbon price in the open market is $75, with this measured per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent … Continue reading

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2022 will be tumultuous for New Zealand’s primary industries

This year is not going to be just any year for the food and fibre industries. On the prices front, things should go well for most products. However, on the policy front, it is the second year of the three-year … Continue reading

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Crunch times ahead for agricultural methane and nitrous oxide

New Zealand must quickly come to grips with how agricultural-sourced methane and nitrous oxide are going to be managed within the ‘Zero Carbon Act’, more formally called the ‘Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019’.   This Act brings both … Continue reading

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The ETS is both a goldmine and a minefield

The Government never foresaw the land-use forces they were unleashing with the ETS In recent weeks I have written multiple articles on the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) with a particular focus on forestry. This week I also had an extended … Continue reading

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