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Forestry in the ETS: Second set of proposed cost recovery fees and charges

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries is seeking feedback on changes to cost recovery settings for the forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

For this consultation, we're looking at introducing new fees for 22 services and an annual charge for 6 services.

You're invited to make a submission about these fees and charges between 22 March and 3 May 2023.

This is the second set of changes to ETS cost recovery settings. We consulted on the first set in September and October 2022 and the changes came into effect in January.

Consultation document

Forestry in the ETS: Proposed updates to cost recovery tranche two [PDF, 738 KB]

Related closed consultation held in 2022

Forestry in the ETS: Proposed updates to cost recovery settings

A summary of the proposals and the reasons for them

We're looking at introducing:

  • new fees for 22 services
  • an annual charge for 6 services.

The charges will recover the costs of running Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service's new operating model for the forestry ETS. In recent years, participation in the ETS has grown rapidly because of increases in the carbon price and the profitability of participation. A new operating model and technology solution was needed to properly manage this growth.

Growing participation and the introduction of the new operating model have meant that the costs of maintaining the forestry ETS have increased significantly over the past several years. These costs are currently being paid for with taxpayer funding. These new charges will reduce the impact on taxpayers and ensure that those who benefit from the forestry ETS are paying the costs for maintaining it.

The proposed new fees will cover services that provide direct benefit to individual participants, such as adding Carbon Accounting Areas or applying to offset deforestation. The annual charge will cover services that provide benefits to participants as a whole, such as the new IT system and the administration and management of general enquiries.

Many of the fees that carry a higher cost cover bespoke services that apply to specific, optional situations. It is expected that most participants, particularly smaller forest holders, will not need to use these services.

The annual charge is proposed to be based on the total area of post-1989 forest land that the person is recorded as a participant for at the point in time. It is considered that the initial annual fee will be charged at the earliest opportunity following the Regulations coming into effect and will be pro-rated based on the number of months remaining in the year.

Full details are in the consultation document.

Making your submission

Consultation closes at 5pm on 3 May 2023.

Email your submission to

We encourage you to use our  submission template [DOCX, 82 KB]

While we prefer email, you can post written submissions to:

Cost recovery
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6104
New Zealand.

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.

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