Action to reduce emissions

Action to reduce emissions

Whilst surrender obligations under the ETS do not apply, the deer industry and deer farmers should be concerned about emissions as it is in the industry's interests that deer farming is an activity capable of supporting New Zealanders for many generations to come.

Greenhouse gas emissions, by contributing to climate change, affect the production of pasture and availability of water that our production systems are dependent on.  Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock therefore affect the sustainability of deer farming.  

Further, some consumers make purchasing decisions based on the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production and transport of agricultural products, so it is in the deer industry's interests to work towards producing fewer emissions per unit of product.

What DINZ/DEEResearch is doing
On behalf of the deer industry generally, DEEResearch is investing in the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium and Pastoral Genomics Research Consortium, both of which have development of emissions-reducing pastoral technologies (including forages) as key goals.  

DEEResearch has funded work into determining the greenhouse gas emissions of venison throughout its lifecycle from production to waste disposal in a European restaurant (or 'carbon footprint') to provide insights into the areas with the greatest scope for emissions reductions.

DINZ is also investing in mechanisms to encourage improvement in industry-wide productivity, since there is a clear correlation between improving productive efficiency and reducing emissions intensity.  Put another way, producing more from less also produces fewer emissions per unit of output.  

What deer farmers can do
In theory, by placing a price on carbon, the ETS provides an incentive to reduce the level of emissions for every unit of agricultural output.  

 Emissions reductions can be made by:

  • improvements in farming efficiency
  • increased tree planting
  • more efficient use of nitrogen fertiliser
  • increased use of nitrification inhibitors
  • more effective management of animal waste, and
  • the use of other mitigation technology as it is developed.

To understand more about how reductions in the emissions intensity of the deer farming systems correlates with improved production efficiency see the article by David Stevens of AgResearch, courtesy of Stagline Online.  

For a Ministry for the Environment leaflet with some advice on how to reduce emissions, click here.