Last chance for farmers to have their say on emissions pricing

Beef and Lamb New Zealand is reminding farmers that consultation on the alternative emissions pricing options to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), developed by the He Waka Eke Noa partners, closes this Sunday.

An online form must e completed before Sunday night, 27 March.

Feedback will be analysed in April and May and used by He Waka Eke Noa partners to finetune recommendations.

He Waka Eke Noa partners will provide recommendations to Government by May 31.

After that the government will consider the advice.

If the Government agrees that the ETS is not the place for managing agricultural emissions, farmers will get a further opportunity to provide input on pricing as part of further consultation before the final framework is put in place in 2025.

Background information and a link to the form are available on te B+LNZ website.

B+LNZ chief executive Sam McIvor is encouraging farmers to get involved.

“Farmer input is critical to this process. Find out more and be sure to have your say.

“All voices count and we’re looking at what needs to happen to further strengthen the options that have been developed. We’re already reconsidering some areas based on farmer feedback received to date. It has to work for farmers and that will be key in the recommendations to Government by the He Waka Eke Noa partnership in May.”

Emissions pricing is a complex topic.

The questions most commonly asked are being answered by B+LNZ Chair Andrew Morrison and DairyNZ Chair Jim van der Poel.

An eight-minute video is here and a podcast version is here.

Other key resources:

Source:  Beef and Lamb New Zealand

Author: Bob Edlin

Editor of AgScience Magazine and Editor of the AgScience Blog