Full text of the press release
This week the leaders of DairyNZ, Beef+Lamb NZ, and Federated Farmers met in Christchurch to discuss emissions pricing and to establish common positions between our three organisations so we can move forward together and advocate strongly on behalf of farmers.
A united voice on emissions pricing is the best way to ensure positive policy outcomes for farmers.
It was a productive discussion and all three organisations have agreed on the following core principles that we will all be raising directly with the Government on your behalf:
The current methane targets are wrong and need to be reviewed. Any target should be science-based, not political, and look to prevent additional warming.
The methane price should be set at the minimum level needed and be fixed for a five-year period to give farmers certainty.
Any levy revenue must be ringfenced and only be used for the administration of the system, investment in R&D, or go back to farmers as incentives. Administration costs must be minimised.
The future price should be set by the Minister on the advice of an independent oversight board appointed by all He Waka Eke Noa partners.
The system must incentivise farmers to uptake technology and adopt good farming practices that will reduce global emissions.
All sequestration that can be measured and is additive should be counted. We stand by what was proposed by the He Waka Eke Noa partnership on sequestration.
Farmers should be able to form collectives to measure, manage, and report their emissions in an efficient way.
Farmers who don’t have access to mitigations or sequestration should be able to apply for temporary levy relief if the viability of their business is threatened.
We will not accept emissions leakage. The way to prevent that happening is by getting the targets, price, sequestration, incentives, and other settings right.
Our organisations are all united in our determination to get the best possible outcome we can and will continue to work closely together as we advocate for farmers.
Individual organisations will continue to raise sector specific issues.
Jim van der Poel
Chair, Beef+Lamb NZ
President, Federated Farmers of New Zealand