DairyNZ chairman Jim van der Poel is anticipating “Robust discussions” when farmers gather early next year to discuss alternatives to the Emissions Trading Scheme. He says farmers will offer different positions and different options but the industry needs to have agreement because not doing so will leave the agri sector in the ETS. He Waka Eka Noa – The Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership released a discussion document with two key options for farmers to consider over the next three months. And Jim van der Poel says it’s critical to grab this opportunity and develop a credible alternative framework or agriculture will be in the NZ ETS. The two options take a split-gas approach, acknowledging short-lived gases like methane have a different warming impact to long-lived gases like carbon dioxide, and the price for methane will be separate and delinked from the carbon price. Farmer meetings are being planned throughout the country in February to discuss the two options.