Friday, 17 May 2019 09:13

What about the PCE’s report?

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On emissions targets, dairy farmers are promoting the lower numbers put out last year by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton.

Upton said in August that 10-22% cuts to methane would be needed by 2050 to flat-line NZ livestock’s contribution to climate change (which end of the range depended on what other countries did).

With those cuts, methane from NZ livestock would continue to make the same contribution to global warming as it is making today, but wouldn’t increase its share of climate damage.

But the Government has inflated greatly the methane target. Does this mean they will ignore the recommendation of their own PCE?

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