The Government is currently developing a Zero Carbon Bill that will define New Zealand’s climate target for 2050, including how methane will be treated.
It is a very complex subject and there has been much discussion about the basis for this target.
This short note restates some of the key modelling elements of the Commissioner's contribution to the current conversation about climate mitigation targets to ensure they are properly understood and used appropriately.
More information on New Zealand's biological emissions
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A note on New Zealand's methane emissions from livestock