Additional proposed amendments to the Climate Change (Forestry Sector) Regulations 2008

Closing Date:
Contact: Operations policy – forestry incentives

Have your say

In June 2020, the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Act 2020 passed into law. This will introduce new forestry provisions to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) on 1 January 2023.

The Climate Change (Forestry Sector) Regulations 2008 now need to be updated to make the new legislation work in practice.

The amendments to the ETS Forestry Regulations we are consulting on now include:

  • the detailed rules and settings for averaging accounting
  • technical amendments to simplify the ETS and let us implement new policies.

Full details are in the consultation document. We plan to hold 2 webinars before the consultation closes to help explain the proposed amendments.

What's being proposed?

Between early November 2019 and mid-January 2020, Te Uru Rākau consulted on a package of amendments including options for averaging accounting, and other technical amendments.

The amendments we are consulting on now include the rules and settings for averaging accounting, such as:

  • detailed age band frameworks
  • rules for accounting for forests over multiple rotations
  • the model for how the average age will be calculated.

This consultation also covers technical amendments to simplify the ETS and let us implement new policies. This includes:

  • a clearer definition of sub-areas
  • rules for the new pre-1990 forest land offsetting process
  • amendments to make it simpler to participate
  • amendments to implement existing decisions.

Consultation document

Additional proposed amendments to the Climate Change (Forestry Sector) Regulations 2008 – Discussion document [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Related information

About the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme – Ministry for the Environment

Presentation: Introduction to forests in the Emissions Trading Scheme [PDF, 2.1 MB]

Presentation: Averaging accounting options [PDF, 3 MB]

Presentation: Technical updates [PDF, 2.4 MB]

Fact sheet: Introduction to averaging carbon accounting for forests in the Emissions Trading Scheme

Fact sheet: Overview of consultation options for averaging accounting

Fact sheet: Overview of trade-offs of options for Māori landowners and forest managers

A cost-benefit analysis of simple to more complex settings for age bands in averaging accounting

Area weighted Field Measurement Approach (FMA) table [XLSX, 13 KB]

Previous consultation that closed on 15 January 2020

Proposed changes to the climate change forestry regulations

Webinars about the proposals

We held 2 webinars to explain key parts of the proposals on 12 and 19 March.

The 12 March webinar on averaging accounting was recorded and is available to view.

Video: Averaging accounting webinar (58.54)


Making your submission

Send us your feedback on the proposals before 5pm on Friday, 9 April 2021.

Complete your submissions using our online form

Email your submission to etsforestregs@mpi.govt.nz

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

Te Uru Rākau
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140.

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

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