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Deferral of Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) reporting obligations for animal farmers

About this consultation

The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is leading this consultation.

On this web page, we have some background information and a summary of what is proposed.

Further details, consultation documents, and information about how to make a submission are on MfE's website.

Deferral of NZ ETS reporting obligations for animal farmers – MfE

New emissions reduction plan will future-proof NZ's largest export sector – Beehive

Background to this consultation

The Climate Change Response Act 2002 (CCRA) provides a framework for developing and implementing climate change policies to enable Aotearoa New Zealand to meet its domestic targets, emissions budgets, and international obligations.

To help achieve this, the CCRA requires reporting and surrendering of units for emissions from specified activities through the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS).

Since 2011, the CCRA has required fertiliser and animal processors to monitor and report their agricultural emissions under the NZ ETS.

From 2025, they would be required to pay for these emissions through the NZ ETS, unless an alternative system is implemented as part of the He Waka Eke Noa partnership.

From 1 January 2024, the CCRA also requires animal farmers to register with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and begin monitoring their emissions and report them the following year.

Related information

He Waka Eke Noa emissions pricing recommendations – He Waka Eke Noa | Primary Sector Action Partnership

Agricultural emissions – He Pou a Rangi | Climate Change Commission

Pricing agricultural emissions: Report under section 215 of the Climate Change Response Act 2002 – Ministry for the Environment

Summary of what’s being proposed

Feedback is being sought on a proposal to defer the NZ ETS obligations for animal farmers for 2 years, from 1 January 2024 to 1 January 2026.

The Government is proposing to use the ability to set a later date by Order in Council.

Only the proposal to defer the NZ ETS obligations for animal farmers, via an Order in Council, is being consulted on.

Cabinet has approved the Ministry for the Environment to carry out the consultation between 18 August 2023 and 6 September 2023.

Making your submission

Submissions must be received by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) by 11.59pm on 6 September 2023.

Information about how to make a submission is on MfE's website.

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation