New Zealand wants to tax livestock gas emissions

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New Zealand wants to tax livestock gas emissions

The New Zealand government wants to introduce a tax on herds of cows and sheep, which are major GHG emitters in the country.< /p>

New Zealand on Tuesday unveiled plans to tax greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from farm animals, as part of a proposal controversial campaign aimed at combating climate change.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the tax would be the first of its kind in the world.

The naturally occurring gases emitted by New Zealand's 6.2 million cows are among the highest the country's major environmental problems.

The scheme sees farmers paying for their animals' gaseous emissions, such as methane from cows' farts and burps, and nitrous oxide of nitrogen contained in the urine of cattle.

Ms Ardern told farmers they should be able to get their money back, by raising the prices of their climate-friendly produce.

She said this realistic proposal would reduce agricultural emissions while making products more environmentally friendly, thereby strengthening New Zealand's export brand.

The government hopes to get its bill signed by next year and the tax could be introduced in three years.

But with elections due in fifteen months in New Zealand, the plan could cost Ms Ardern rural ballots, as farmers were quick to condemn the plan.

Andrew Hoggard, chairman of the Federated Farmers lobby, said the project would tear the guts out of small towns in New Zealand.

The levy could, he says, incentivize farmers to grow trees on fields currently used for agriculture. #x27;breeding.

The Beef & Lamb New Zealand, which represents the country's sheep and cattle farmers, said the plan fails to take into account the rural measures already in place to tackle greenhouse gases.

New Zealand farmers have more than 1.4 million hectares of primeval forest on their carbon-absorbing land, its chairman Andrew Morrison has pointed out.

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