WELLINGTON, April 12 (Xinhua) – The Greenland Gas Inventory, released Tuesday by the New Zealand Ministry of the Environment, highlights the need for accelerated action to reduce gas emissions in the country, said Climate Change Minister James Shaw.

New Zealand’s first-ever emission reduction plan, to be released next month, will determine how the country will implement its first emission budget, and include policies and strategies to reduce emissions in key sectors such as transport, energy, waste and construction. and agriculture. and forestry, Shaw said in a statement.

The inventory shows that COVID-19 blockades in 2020 affected greenhouse gas emissions. Between 2019 and 2020, gross emissions were reduced by 3 percent, mainly due to fewer trips by road, air and sea and reduced use of fuel for production. From 1990 to 2020, gross emissions increased by 21 percent.

Later this year, the New Zealand government will decide on how to measure, manage and price greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture to create the right incentives for farmers to reduce emissions and move to more efficient, sustainable farming practices, the minister said.

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