Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium
The Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGGRC) carries out research to find methods of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock. The consortium, established in 2004, has a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Zealand Government. Almost half of the greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand are due to agriculture and since the New Zealand government has signed and ratified the Kyoto Protocol methods are being sought to seek a reduction of these emissions.
In 2003 the Government attempted to impose an Agricultural emissions research levy on farmers to fund research into agricultural emissions reduction but it proved to be unpopular and the proposal was abandoned. The PGGRC is an alternative method of addressing agricultural emissions.
An independent review in 2006 found that the PGGRC was producing world-leading research and is excellent value for money.
The partners in the consortium are:
Associate members are the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, NIWA and Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. Research is carried out by AgResearch, DairyNZ, LIC and Lincoln University.
- "Memorandum of Understanding" (PDF). Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium. 29 January 2004. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
- "NZ leading world pastoral greenhouse gas research" (Press release). Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
- "Consortium Partners". Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
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