New Zealand agriculture has been ranked No 1 for tackling climate change issues in a recently released global report. KPMG’s Net Zero Readiness Index examined 103 indicators of commitment and performance on decarbonising in 32 countries, which together create around three-quarters of global emissions. New Zealand’s overall national performance was ranked ninth, with Norway, the UK and Sweden taking out the top three places but our agriculture, land use and forestry league table came in at first place. The report’s authors took note of New Zealand’s high levels of forest biomass, low levels of food loss, a comparatively high number of agricultural clean-tech companies and the He Waka Eke Noa government and food and fibre sector climate action partnership. Federated Farmers president Andrew Hoggard says with commentators regularly pointing the finger of blame at farmers, it’s pleasing to see an independent and in-depth assessment tell a very different story.
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