Climate change - Previous consultation and background information

Earlier consultation

In December 2006, the Government released the discussion document Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change: Options for a Plan of Action. Its aim was to establish an ongoing, constructive relationship with all relevant stakeholders, including industry sectors, local Government and Māori.

Consultation included 43 meetings with farmers, foresters, local government and Māori and resulted in 1 233 written submissions. Key themes from the feedback indicated that people wanted to see all sectors of the economy working together and playing their part in addressing climate change.

Foresters, in particular, wanted the opportunity to benefit from the positive contribution they make to climate change, while many submissions said maintaining land use flexibility and fairness were also vital.

Comments were brought together in a consultation document presented to Cabinet in June 2007, after which the Government agreed to pursue an economy-wide Emissions Trading Scheme.

Discussion document - Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change

Supplementary discussion document - Design Options for a Tradeable Deforestation Permit Regime

The following Cabinet papers are related to forestry in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and to the Plan of Action for Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change.

Regional forestry public meetings

MAF held seven regional forestry meetings in October 2007 following the Government's announcement on climate change and the Emissions Trading Scheme earlier in September 2007. These meetings focused specifically on forestry, including details of how forestry was included in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, and its place in the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Plan of Action.

They were attended by foresters, business advisers and farmers with an interest in forestry.

Industry sectors, local government, Māori and other stakeholders were also able to comment on the Government's Emissions Trading Scheme proposals during a series of workshops, regional meetings and hui held across the country in September and October 2007.

Background reports and analysis

  • New Zealand’s methane and nitrous oxide inventory methodologies for agriculture
    A presentation on the methodologies used to calculate New Zealand's methane and nitrous oxide emissions from the agriculture sector as used in the national inventory that is reported annually to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Authored by Dr Harry Clark, AgResearch.
  • Climate Change Policy: Measures to address Agriculture Sector GHG Emissions - Bruce White Report. This report, commissioned by MAF, assesses a selected range of policy instruments to mitigate greenhouse gases in agriculture. These include:
    • Government pricing of emissions
    • cap and trade models
    • offset schemes
    • mandatory emission standards
    • voluntary emission reduction and reporting programmes
    • extension activities
    • agricultural sector research and development.

    The report assesses these options against evaluation criteria and looks at short term options and longer term strategy. The report was produced by former Reserve Bank economist Bruce White.

  • Developing revised emission factors for nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural pasture treated with nitrification inhibitors
    This report reviews domestic and international literature to determine the effectiveness of nitrification inhibitors on New Zealand pastures in reducing N2O emissions. In particular, it develops revised emission factors used to determine rates of emissions and leaching. Results of confidential industry research are excluded, as part of agreements with fertiliser companies.


Last Updated: 01 May 2012

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