Powering Zero Emissions Agriculture

A partnership between the New Zealand government and major agribusinesses, we're helping farmers reduce emissions while maintaining profitability and productivity.

Why we exist

We're accelerating the creation of tools to rapidly reduce emissions

We’re focused on emissions reduction tools that will work on New Zealand’s pasture-based farms and grass-fed animals, we’re taking calculated risks and significantly scaling-up efforts made to date by Kiwi farmers and researchers. 

Our role is to help take the pressure off Kiwi farmers by ensuring they have equitable access to affordable and effective tools to cut their methane and nitrous oxide emissions, while maintaining productivity and profitability. 

How we're taking action

Identify, invest, inform and accelerate

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Catalyst Fund

Deliver system-wide funding and unblock constraints for broader impact whilst supporting an adequate pipeline of R&D and prioritised testing to enable the development and commercialisation of new technologies for uptake on-farm.

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Ventures Fund

Provide navigation and acceleration support, investing capital and capability, and fostering connections, to enable local and global ventures to be more successful in New Zealand and internationally.

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Strategy & Engagement

Identify and assess emerging trends, develop global partnerships, agitate need for change and provide input into local research strategy and government regulatory settings.

The challenge

Maintaining farm productivity while reducing emissions

Agriculture is the backbone of the New Zealand economy and Kiwi farmers are some of the most efficient producers of meat and milk in the world - but the importance of reducing agricultural emissions cannot be understated.

Global customers are setting ambitious targets through their supply chain and if we can’t meet these targets, critical export revenue is at risk.

We’re working to get emissions reduction tools into farmers’ hands sooner - to help them meet these targets and protect trade agreements, while maintaining profitability, and lead the world in near-zero pasture-based farming.

Defining success

Equitable access for all farmers

Our ambition is to ensure all farmers in Aotearoa New Zealand have equitable access to affordable, effective solutions to reduce biogenic methane and nitrous oxide emissions, with a goal of supporting a 30% reduction by 2030 and enabling development and adoption of solutions to drive towards ‘near zero’ by 2040.

Through this we will enhance the value and competitiveness of the agriculture industry in New Zealand on the global stage, while recognising the importance of intergenerational stewardship, kaitiakitanga, of the land.

Our unique partnership

Who's involved

50% owned by government | 50% owned by industry

Our shareholders have made a long-term commitment to this world-first partnership, pooling funds to support our ambition and deliver a step change in investment to get emissions reduction tools into farmers' hands sooner.

We are part of the Centre for Climate Action on Agricultural Emissions, working alongside the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre.

Strategic Partner

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Shareholders

Our guiding whakataukī

Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini

My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective

Together, with our ambition and advocacy for groundbreaking agritech, we will meet global customer demands, maintain market access and support New Zealand's climate goals.

Our recent investments

Supporting others in working towards a shared goal

ArkeaBio

US startup developing a methane vaccine for ruminant animals, with an innovative approach and initial focus on cattle.

BioLumic

An agriculture biotech company founded in New Zealand utilising ultraviolet (UV) light to develop a low-emissions farm pasture with increased productivity gains.

Hoofprint Biome

Lead investor in this US startup developing probiotics and natural enzymes aimed at reducing methane emissions by up to 80% while improving cow health. 

Contact

We’re forging a path towards a future where innovation and environmental stewardship thrive hand in hand.

Contact us to find out more.