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Australian Government Invites Views on Farming’s Net Zero Contribution

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The Australian Government has called for public input on how agriculture will help meet the 2050 net-zero emissions goal. A discussion paper is now available, inviting feedback on this sector’s decarbonisation strategy.

Agriculture’s share of national emissions stood at 16.8% in 2020-21, with an expected rise as other sectors reduce their emissions more affordably. Murray Watt, the Agriculture Minister, is leading this initiative, with support from Chris Bowen and Tanya Plibersek, ministers for Climate Change and Energy, and the Environment and Water, respectively.

The paper initiates a conversation on how to balance emissions reduction with agricultural productivity. Feedback is sought from all interested parties.

Tony Mahar of the National Farmers’ Federation supports the consultation, emphasising the importance of farmers’ input and innovation in low-emission technologies.

Both Bowen and Plibersek have highlighted the role of farmers in climate efforts and the potential for carbon farming to provide additional revenue.

Submissions can be made through the Department of Agriculture’s website until 13 December 2023, with more details on the climate change website.

This step aims to ensure that agriculture’s voice is heard in the climate strategy and that the industry is part of Australia’s sustainable future.