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An emissions return must be filed by, or on behalf of, a person who has undertaken deforestation of pre-1990 forest land since 1 January 2008. Usually, they would have first notified MPI that they had undertaken the deforestation and MPI would have arranged for them to be registered as a mandatory ETS participant.
For deforestation undertaken between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2009, a pre-1990 participant must submit an emissions return between 1 January 2010 and 31 March 2010.
For deforestation undertaken during 2010, a pre-1990 participant must submit an emissions between 1 January 2011 and 31 March 2011.
A pre-1990 participant who has deforested between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2010 must surrender between 1 January 2011 and 31 May 2011 sufficient NZUs to meet the deforestation liability quantified in their emissions return.
The person completing the emissions return form will need:
You can submit a voluntary Pre-1990 Emissions Return by printing, completing and sending the form Emissions Return (Pre-1990 Deforestation) to MPI by email or postal mail.