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What is emissions intensity?
Emissions intensity is the emissions per unit of product.
On average, greenhouse gas emissions per unit of meat/milk product produced on farm in New Zealand has dropped by about 1% per year for at least the past 20 years. Technically, the emissioner per unit of product has decreased because farming has become more efficient. Improved animal genetics and management, combined with better grassland managed and feeding practices mean that farms are using resource more efficiently to increase their outputs.
However, New Zealand's total agricultural greenhouse gas emissions have increased because overall production has grown substantially in response to international demand. Without efficiency improvements, total emissions would have grown by almost 40% over the 1990-2014 period to deliver the same amount of product.