Mooving on Methane: Our Opportunity for Technology, Climate and Trade is a fast-paced single day event exploring a range of emerging and established technologies related to reducing methane emissions in dairy farming.

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Mooving on Methane is aimed at farmers, rural advisers, dairy companies, agencies, private companies, entrepreneurs and technology specialists, Government, Iwi and community.

At this inaugural event, attendees will hear from a wide range of speakers including New Zealand’s largest dairy customers, cutting-edge researchers, farmers, and key industry stakeholders to learn about the current state of play of methane emissions and reduction options both locally and globally.

We will delve into our current challenges and future opportunities including:

  • What competitive advantages local farmers and tech entrepreneurs reap from being a leader in this space.
  • The potential impacts on trade and climate.
  • Who and what is at the forefront of methane mitigation/reduction initiatives and tools in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world?
  • The tools that could work on New Zealand’s dairy farms pasture-based farms and grass-fed animals.
  • How could their development be supported, advanced, commercialised, scaled up and rolled out in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Hear from leaders in the sector including AgriZeroNZ, NZARGC, Fonterra, Dairy Trust Taranaki, CH4 Global, DairyNZ, LIC, Ravensdown, and others. 

Full programme

7.30am Registration and coffee
8.00am Welcome
  • Karakia mihi
  • MC for the day: Trish Rankin
  • Host: Te Puna Umanga Venture Taranaki
Session 1:  The big picture. What is the Challenge? Opportunity? Why Moove on Methane?
  • Vision, targets, and progress of the Government
  • Perspective of the customer - Margaret Stuart, Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Nestlé Oceania
  • Our unique emissions profile in Aotearoa New Zealand - Barry Anderson, General Manager, Sector Analysis and Ben Aves, Senior Analyst, Climate Change Commission.
Session 2:  Farming perspective – What are we already doing? What support and tools are needed?
  • George Moss - Dairy farmer and sustainability leader
10:00am Morning tea
Session 3: Success in the future - company pathways to 2030 and beyond
  • Fonterra pathway ahead - Charlotte Van Der Lee, Sustainability Manager, Fonterra
  • Miraka values, sustainability targets and initiatives - Brendan Haigh, Kaitiaki, Miraka
Session 4: Solution pathways from our lead groups, partners, and connectors
  • The Less Methane Programme - Dr Jane Kay, Programme Lead, DairyNZ
  • Progress and initiatives – Dr Sinead Leahy, Principal Scientist Lead, New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZARGC)
  • Delivering research, demonstration, and extension to the dairy farmers of Taranaki and New Zealand – Jason Rolfe, General Manager Operations, Dairy Trust Taranaki
  • Ambition, partnerships, tools - Ruth Leary, Head of Strategy and Engagement, AgriZeroNZ
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch 
Session 5 -Solution pathways from our enterprises and entrepreneurs
  • PGG Wrightson Seeds - Derek Woodfield, General Manager, Research & Development
  • Ravensdown, Dr Ants Roberts, Chief Scientific Officer
  • LIC, Dr Lorna McNaughton, Senior Scientist
  • Ruminant Biotech, George Reeves, Head of Market Access
  • CH4 Global, Dr Steve Meller, CEO, President & Co-Founder 
Session 6 - Pathway to commercialisation - the regulatory process 
  • Ministry for Primary Industries - Warren Hughes Principal Adviser ACVM and Maggie Wuerz Senior Adviser for Inhibitors 
2:45pm Afternoon tea
Session 7 – Making Mooves on Methane - next steps
  • Panel discussion – how are we tracking on methane reduction? what is our near term (2030); mid-term (to 2040) and long-term pathway to 2050? What needs to be done
  • Summary and next steps
  • Close of day 
5pm Networking