New Zealand to charge cattle and sheep ‘burp fee’

Local time on June 12, 2022, Auckland, New Zealand, cattle and sheep raised at Deer Farm.
“New Zealand will be the first country to make farmers pay for carbon emissions from livestock,” the New Zealand Ministry of the Environment said a few days ago. New Zealand has released a draft plan to set a fee for agricultural emissions, mainly methane, according to a Reuters report. New Zealand has a population of about 5 million, but there are about 10 million cattle and 26 million sheep. Nearly half of the agricultural exporting nation’s greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture — burping sheep and cattle. New Zealand has drawn criticism for excluding agriculture from its emissions reduction plans. From 2025, New Zealand farmers will have to pay for the carbon emissions of their livestock, according to the latest draft.

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