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Unique Aspects of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Zealand Agriculture – Seminar presented by Emeritus Professor Frank Griffen

In the context of International Policy for Climate Control, the Kyoto Accord (1997) focused on National GHG emissions (A Source) from Energy, Industry, Transport and Agriculture, counting exotic forestry alone as a sequesterer of GHGs (A Sink) to mitigate Climate Change.

The Paris Conference in 2015 developed a more refined scheme, with the goal to establish GHG neutrality by 2050. Individual participants could establish Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to limit climate increase to < 20ºC. The transition from Kyoto to Paris increased emphasis on GHG mitigation, where forestry, the oceans, soil and vegetation could be considered as GHG sinks. Paris established a model where sources and sinks could be balanced more equitably. Consequently, NZ Agriculture could act as a GHG sink for Climate remediation.

The current presentation will attempt to unbundle GHG sources and sinks, to determine what Climate Change NDCs should look like for New Zealand's Agriculture.

About the speaker

Frank Griffin joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology as a Lecturer in Immunology in 1973, from Trinity College Dublin. He is currently Emeritus Professor-in-Immunology at the University of Otago (1973–2022). He is Director of Ag@Otago; the Agricultural Research Theme at UoO and Director of The Disease Research Laboratory (DRL) since 1985. A central theme of his research elucidated the impact of environmental changes on animal health and immune competence. In recognition of his contribution to Animal Research since 1973, Frank was awarded The Pickering Medal (2003) and ONZM (2011), and elected Fellow of the NZ Royal Society (2012).

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Date Thursday, 18 August 2022
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public,Undergraduate students,Postgraduate students,Staff,Alumni
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Seminar
CampusDunedin
DepartmentCentre for Sustainability
LocationCentre for Sustainability Toroa Seminar Room, 563 Castle St, Dunedin, and online via Zoom.
CostFree
Contact NameMary-Jane Campbell
Contact Emailcentre-sustainability@otago.ac.nz

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