New research shows cutting methane essential – Forest & Bird
New research shows methane - a greenhouse gas which New Zealand produces vast amounts of - is not the benign gas some
are trying to paint it as, says Forest & Bird.
“Research from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment shows that cutting methane emissions is essential to
keeping global warming under control,” says Forest & Bird Climate Advocate Adelia Hallett.
Ms Hallett says that methane makes up 43 per cent (33.36 million tonnes) of New Zealand’s annual greenhouse gas
emissions, with 86 per cent of that methane coming from agriculture (mainly from animals like cattle and sheep), so it's
a big problem for New Zealand.
“Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas - 33 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. The fact that it stays in the
atmosphere for less time than carbon dioxide does has prompted some to claim that merely ‘stabilising’ emissions at
current rates is good enough. This report proves shows why that is wrong.”
“New Zealand’s native species are already feeling the impacts of climate change, and face extinction if we don't act
“We need to keep global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees, and that means making big cuts in greenhouse gas emissions
within the next decade. Cutting methane is a major part of that.”
Ms Hallett says the government is considering excluding methane from its stated goal to make New Zealand carbon-neutral
Forest & Bird’s submission to the Zero Carbon Bill advocated for all gases to get to net-zero by 2040.