Sub­mit to emis­sions trad­ing scheme

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - STEW WADEY

The Gov­ern­ment has started its re­view of the New Zealand Emis­sions Trad­ing Scheme (NZ ETS) to as­sess its op­er­a­tion and ef­fec­tive­ness to 2020 and be­yond.

I would like to in­form you on the writ­ten sub­mis­sions process for the re­view. The Gov­ern­ment wel­comes your feed­back on how the NZ ETS is work­ing, and how it might work bet­ter in fu­ture.

The Gov­ern­ment has re­leased a dis­cus­sion doc­u­ment set­ting out the key is­sues for the re­view.

The dis­cus­sion doc­u­ment in­cludes in­for­ma­tion on the NZ ETS and poses a range of ques­tions for your feed­back.

Writ­ten sub­mis­sions are be­ing sought on some of the tran­si­tional mea­sures that were in­tro­duced to mod­er­ate the im­pacts of the NZ ETS, how the NZ ETS needs to evolve for our fu­ture cir­cum­stances and op­er­a­tional and tech­ni­cal im­prove­ments.

There are two clos­ing dates for sub­mis­sions. Some mat­ters are be­ing treated as pri­or­ity mat­ters be­cause they may be can­di­dates for leg­isla­tive change dur­ing 2016. Sub­mis­sions on pri­or­ity mat­ters are be­ing ac­cepted un­til 5pm, Fe­bru­ary 19, 2016. Sub­mis­sions on the re­main­der of is­sues un­der re­view will be ac­cepted un­til 5pm, April 30, 2016.

Tech­ni­cal notes will also be pub­lished on some is­sues in De­cem­ber and early 2016. Th­ese will pro­vide fur­ther de­tail and anal­y­sis on mat­ters un­der re­view.

You have re­cently read that pas­toral live­stock agri­cul­ture in New Zealand should be ex­empt. I sup­port that point of view. When the NZ ETS present scheme was set, ques­tions we not really an­swered in science that pas­ture could not be cred­ited with re­verse pho­to­syn­the­sis and ru­mi­nants could not ex­pel more car­bon then they ate.

It is im­por­tant that farm­ers read the con­sul­ta­tion ma­te­rial, and then please con­sider making a sub­mis­sion.

I am very aware we are all not PhDs, but a prac­ti­cal farming busi­ness opin­ion will go a long way on an NZ ETS op­er­a­tional con­sid­er­a­tion for pas­toral live­stock farming to re­main the vi­able ex­port in­come stream for New Zealand.

I have had a few com­ments from pro­fes­sional stock­men and women of be­ing tar­nished by an is­sue raised re­cently in the me­dia on an an­i­mal wel­fare is­sue. I be­lieve it was a well thought out strat­egy to hone in on the very small per­cent­age of peo­ple that are not truly pro­fes­sional to an­i­mal wel­fare con­sid­er­a­tions. The re­port im­plied to ur­ban folk that all farming fam­i­lies are com­plicit in such un­ac­cept­able stock­man­ship.

The year 2015 has flown by. In re­view, ru­ral as­pects have been a roller coaster ride . One can­not but ob­serve the en­deav­ours go­ing on in our ru­ral dis­trict right now. With one eye I would say on the pre­dicted El Nino in­flu­ence and the other eye on the con­flict and violence on the world scene, let alone a re­al­is­tic farm gate re­turn.

May I on be­half of Mata­mata Dis­trict Fed­er­ated Farm­ers thank Teresa Hat­tan, re­tir­ing ed­i­tor of Ru­ral De­liv­ery, on a job well done and our very best wishes with her new pro­fes­sional ca­reer choice.

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