Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Leadership On Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research

Primary Industry Council

Tuesday 21 October 2003
For immediate release

Industry Leadership On Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research

Leadership and a commitment to cost-effective science has enabled the agribusiness sector to put together a comprehensive plan for research into the mitigation of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, says Primary Industries Council chairman Ian Robb.

"The Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Strategy will seek safe, cost-effective greenhouse gas abatement technologies which will lower total methane and nitrous oxide emissions from livestock by at least 20% below 'business as usual' by 2012," Mr Robb said. "We will pursue this target by first seeking to reduce methane emissions per unit of production, as this is the most realistic short-term goal."

Mr Robb said the research strategy combined the recommendations of the O'Hara report with the strategy of the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium and other relevant industry research. The research programme would be led by the consortium, which was established in 2002 in partnership with the Government through the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.

"Our approach has always been that this research should combine environmental responsibility with productivity improvement, and do so in a commercially robust way," said Mr Robb. "Because industry are the main funders, any intellectual property that arises can be commercialised by the relevant sector or company. We are pleased that both industry and government have achieved their objective of a comprehensive science programme without having to resort to legislation."

The total cost of the research programme will be $7.0 million (GST inclusive) in 2003-04. The industry will contribute $4.7 million, more than half of it either recently initiated or new funding and the remainder reallocated. The remaining $2.3 million will be public funding from the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.

A further $3.6 million of 'underpinning' research funded by the industry is identified in the strategy. This research is not directly focused on agricultural emission mitigation but supports work in that area and enables the costs of mitigation research to be reduced.

Mr Robb said each element in the programme would be regularly evaluated and investment would be increased or decreased according to prospects. An international Science Review Panel would oversee that process and evaluate new research prospects as they arose.

"The process of developing a research strategy has successfully identified the research opportunities that will deliver best value for the primary sector participants in the programme," said Mr Robb.

Mr Mark Leslie, the chairman of the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Consortium, which will manage the science programme commented that adaptation of existing research programmes and careful coordination of effort has delivered a comprehensive research strategy covering the key areas identified in the O'Hara report at lower cost than the $8.4 million Dr O'Hara estimated. In one instance the strategy has saved almost $1 million by identifying an existing animal trial to which methane mitigation research can be added, rather than requiring a new trial to be established.

"In developing this strategy the Primary Industries Council and the industry organisations behind the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium have shown the merit of a rational, pragmatic approach to the assessment of new research opportunities," Mr Robb said. "I am pleased that we can now move ahead with research designed to deliver results for both agriculture and the environment."


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


ScoopPro: Helping The Education Sector Get More Out Of Scoop

The ScoopPro professional license includes a suite of useful information tools for professional users of Scoop including some specifically for those in the education sector to make your Scoop experience better. More>>

Big Tax Bill Due: Destiny Church Charities Deregistered

The independent Charities Registration Board has decided to remove Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited from the Charities Register on 20 December 2017 because of the charities’ persistent failure to meet their annual return obligations. More>>

57 Million Users' Data: Uber Breach "Utterly Preventatable"

Cybersecurity leader Centrify says the Uber data breach of 57 million customer and driver records - which the ride-hailing company hid for more than a year - was “utterly preventable”. More>>

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

Having A Cow? Dairy Product Prices Slide For Fourth Straight Auction

Dairy product prices fell at the Global Dairy Trade auction, retreating for the fourth straight auction amid signs of increased production... Whole milk powder fell 2.7 percent to US$2,778 a tonne. More>>


Statistics: Butter At Record $5.67/Block; High Vegetable Prices

Rising dairy prices have pushed food prices up 2.7 percent in the year to October 2017, Stats NZ said today. This followed a 3.0 percent increase in the year to September 2017. More>>


Science: New Research Finds Herbicides Cause Antibiotic Resistance

New University of Canterbury research confirms that the active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates. More>>