The Government has announced another range of changes to one of the country’s core policies to combat climate change, the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
Agricultural emissions remain completely excluded from the ETS.
Reacting to the changes Greenpeace campaigner Gen Toop says the Government has, again, failed to include the country’s biggest climate polluter, agriculture, into the ETS.
“No amount of tinkering with the ETS will make it effective at dealing with climate change if the dairy industry keeps getting given a free pass for their massive climate pollution.
“Industrial dairying, fuelled by synthetic nitrogen fertiliser is polluting the climate and threatening life as we know it. This Government needs to put agriculture into the ETS at 100%, immediately.”
Synthetic nitrogen fertiliser is added to grass to make it grow faster. More grass means more cows – that means more climate and river pollution.