Nationals leader David Littleproud hit out at news that the Albanian government is considering signing up to an international pledge to cut methane emissions by 2030.
According to the CSIRO, if cattle were a country, Australia would be the world’s third largest polluter with 15 percent of global emissions.
The Global Methane Pledge was endorsed by more than 100 countries at last year’s COP26 climate conference, including the US, EU and Japan.
The pledge is a voluntary commitment by countries to reduce their methane emissions by at least 30 percent by 2030.
“We’ve had sensible policies on emissions across industry and across the economy, but an effective focus on methane will put an end to the barbecue,” Mr Littleproud said at a press conference on Thursday.
“It will increase the value of your meat.”
The New Zealand government has proposed a “burp tax” on farmers by 2025 to pay for methane emissions produced by animals when they burp and urinate.
The plan has been criticized by farmers, whose main industry lobby group Federated Farmers said the tax would “rip the guts out of small town New Zealand”.
“We’re saying to the government: Walk away from this commitment to reduce methane emissions,” Mr Littleproud said.
“It can’t be done in a reasonable way, there’s no science to show that it can be done in an efficient or economical way.”
Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen said the government had already started funding existing technologies to reduce methane emissions from livestock farming.
Before the election, the government committed $17.2 million to support the commercialization of seaweed as a supplement that could reduce the amount of methane produced by cows by 90 percent.
Mr Bowen confirmed the Government had consulted with members of the resources and agriculture sectors on whether to sign the pledge.
“Countries joining the Global Methane Pledge make a voluntary commitment to work together to collectively reduce methane emissions,” he said.
“So it’s a desirable global goal, not a domestic one.”
Originally published as Nationals leader David Littleproud says proud Australian traditions are under threat