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A 20-year stand-off with farmers over charging for emissions is about to end after sector leaders yesterday signalled support for a new system as soon as 2025.
But the industry is still against a more immediate proposal for processors to be hauled into the emissions trading scheme (ETS), and wants New Zealanders' feedback on its own one.
Agriculture now contributes around half of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions, largely through methane breathed and burped from livestock.
How to account or charge for that has long been a policy headache and a point of contention among farmers.