16 Apr 2009

Centre to assess carbon footprint on primary industries

10:20 pm on 16 April 2009

Agriculture Minister David Carter has announced funding for a new centre to assess the carbon footprint and environmental impact of New Zealand's primary industries.

The Life Cycle Assessment Centre will be based at Massey University, which won a competitive tender process to host it, but will also involve key Crown Research Institutes.

Life cycle analysis is the study of the environmental footprint of products across their entire life cycle - from the farm, orchard or forest through to processing, transportation, sale, consumption and disposal by the consumer.

Mr Carter says the centre will be the engine room of New Zealand's scientific work in environmental footprinting.

It will be responsible for training experts who can work with the primary sector.

Massey University will also be funding three PhD scholarships as part of the research programme.