Alf is among those who reckon a lot of hot air is expended on this climate warming stuff.
That won’t do his ministerial ambitions any good, alas, because his Government has announced it is setting up a greenhouse gas research centre targeting solutions for the country’s agriculture and horticulture emissions.
Agriculture Minister David Carter said the centre will play a key role in encouraging the agriculture and horticulture sectors to contribute to New Zealand’s emissions reduction targets.
“It is clear that agriculture will be part of New Zealand’s emissions reduction efforts, but the sector must have access to effective and affordable technology that doesn’t compromise productivity,” Mr Carter says.
The funding will come through the Primary Growth Partnership, announced in last week’s Budget. It’s likely to be run through a crown research institute or university.
The centre will be established by next year.
It will focus on GHG mitigation research related to the pastoral, arable, horticulture, poultry and pig sectors including:
* methane from ruminant animals and waste systems,
* nitrous oxide from ruminant animals and nitrogen fertiliser, and
* soil carbon from agriculture and horticulture.
Oversight of the centre will come from the PGP Investment Advisory Panel, the Director-General of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Chief Executive of Ministry of Research, Science & Technology, and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
At the announcement, Carter mentioned Fonterra’s recent completion of a carbon footprint project, to help that sector reduce emissions on-farm and in the manufacturing process, and an earlier study completed by Zespri, the kiwifruit marketer.