This week was a significant milestone for He Waka Eke Noa as it released its recommendation of a farm-level split-gas levy with built-in incentives to reduce emissions and sequester carbon, starting from 2025. This is an alternative to pricing agricultural emissions through the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS).

“Our recommendations enable sustainable food and fibre production for future generations while playing a fair part in meeting our country’s climate commitments,” says He Waka Eke Noa Chair Michael Ahie.

“Our recommended approach would enhance New Zealand’s reputation as world leaders in low-emission food production and keep us ahead of our competitors.”

The recommendations are now with the Government for consideration and the Group has urged Ministers to be mindful of the impact of their decisions on the well-being of primary sector.

He Waka Eke Noa is a five-year programme that will equip farmers and growers with the information, practical tools and support they need to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change.  While the programme is geared towards farmers and growers, ApiNZ has been involved in He Waka Eke Noa from the start given our close relationship with the agriculture and horticulture sectors, and our desire to proactively respond to climate change.

For more information go to the He Waka Eke Noa website