Net Zero Emissions From Australian Agriculture: A Challenge and Opportunity

An ambitious alliance to achieve zero net emissions in Australian agriculture and boost the A$70 billion sector has been funded by the Federal Government.

The Zero Net Emissions Agricultural Cooperative Research Centre (ZNE-Ag CRC) is an initiative brokered by The University of Queensland and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and involves a consortium of 73 partners across industry, education, and government.

The collaboration includes 16 major industry groups, all six state governments and the Northern Territory, 10 universities, 3 Indigenous organisations, and many SMEs and grower groups.

Interim CEO and Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) Director, Professor Matthew Morell said there was no time to waste.

“Reducing emissions across Australian agriculture is a significant challenge given the diversity of agricultural products we produce, the unique challenges presented by our environmental conditions, and the need for new technology to drive emissions down,” Professor Morell said.

“This commitment of industry to this CRC is particularly important, demonstrating the leadership the sector is taking in finding economically viable mechanisms to drive to a zero net emissions future. Time is of the essence if we are to hit our 2030 and 2050 targets.”

“I’m also particularly excited to have Indigenous organisations involved, providing the opportunity to integrate Indigenous knowledge and Western science in developing enduring solutions,” he added.