Australia signs pledge to cut methane emissions by 30%

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Australia has joined the Global Methane Pledge as part of multilateral efforts to reduce global methane emissions, a move welcomed by Farmers for Climate Action, an organisation representing more than 7,000 farmers across Australia.

“By joining the pledge, Australia will join the rest of the world’s major agricultural commodity exporters including the United States, Brazil, and Indonesia in identifying opportunities to reduce emissions in this hard-to-abate sector,” Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said.

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The government will continue to partner with industry to decarbonise the economy, especially in energy and waste sectors, and capture waste methane to generate power, Bowen said.

The federal government investment to assist the pledge will include up to $3 billion from a $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund to support low emissions technology and component manufacturing, and agricultural methane reduction.

The pledge does not require Australia to focus only on agriculture, or reduce agricultural production or livestock.

“As result of signing the Pledge, the Australian Government will not legislate or introduce taxes or levies to reduce livestock emissions,” Bowen said.

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Farmers for Climate Action CEO Dr Fiona Davis said, “This is a sensible policy, and we note 122 other countries have already signed on to the pledge including huge farming nations such as the US, New Zealand, Brazil, the EU and Canada.

“Farmers across Australia, and particularly in the beef and pork sectors, are leading the way on emissions reduction and research into reducing methane. We look forward to more Federal Government assistance in developing technology in this area, such as asparagopsis feeds.”

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