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Facts & Figures
The NZAGRC produces, in collaboration with the PGgRc, a series of factsheets titled: Reducing New Zealand's agricultural greenhouse gases.
This series covers a variety of topics and levels of information - some are specific to technologies and practices currently available (or in development via our research programme), or specific policy information, and others are designed to provide a summary of overview of what New Zealand is doing to reduces its emissions.
Economic and Policy Implications of Alternative GHG Metrics
Agriculture emits a range of greenhouse gases. Evaluating the effectiveness of mitigation strategies requires a way to compare the contribution of individual gases to overall emissions. This is usually done by converting emissions of methane and nitrous oxide into so-called "carbon dioxide equivalents" using a simple multiplier.
However, there is more way than one to compare apples and oranges, and the same applies to different greenhouse gases. This fact sheet describes the most common equivalence metric, the Global Warming Potential, used by the UNFCCC and in the Kyoto Protocol. Alternative metrics exist though and could give very different weight in particular to methane. The fact sheet highlights the potential implications of alternative metrics - globally, and for New Zealand - for our collective efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions and projected climate change at least cost.
Download fact sheet 3 (high res) (2.79MB)
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