Have your say
The Government is seeking feedback on proposals to achieve better outcomes from afforestation. This includes:
- excluding exotic forests from the permanent post-1989 category in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS)
- whether to adjust how carbon accounting applies to forests on remote and marginal to harvest land
- opportunities for improving incentives for indigenous afforestation.
Submissions open on 14 March and close at 5pm on 22 April 2022.
In March, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) held 3 webinars with key stakeholders, iwi/Māori, and other interested parties to discuss these proposals.
The options being proposed for managing afforestation
Afforestation is a key pathway for New Zealand meeting its climate change targets by offsetting carbon emissions, providing a source of bioenergy, and the replacement of high carbon materials.
However, the increasing New Zealand Unit (NZU) price is driving higher rates of afforestation, particularly fast-growing permanent exotic forests. This is raising concern amongst some industry groups and community organisations on the risk of permanent exotic forests displacing pastoral farming, and production and indigenous forests.
To manage these risks, the Government is consulting on:
- whether to prevent exotic forests from registering in the permanent post-1989 category in the NZ ETS. This to ensure any legislative changes can be passed by Parliament before this category commences on 1 January 2023.
- a proposal to adjust how the new carbon accounting method in the NZ ETS (averaging accounting) applies to remote and marginal land for harvesting. This is to reflect the later harvest age and extra carbon stored in some forests on remote and marginal to harvest land.
- opportunities for improving incentives for indigenous afforestation, following on from the Emissions Reduction Plan consultation late last year.
The discussion document provides information on these topics. Questions for your consideration are in Section 13. These questions are a guide, and all comments are welcome.
Regulatory impact statement
Questions and answers (added 20 April)
Related documents (added 12 April 2022)
Area weighted Field Measurement Approach (FMA) table [XLSX, 13 KB]
Other research papers – preview or summary only
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Making your submission
Send us your feedback by 5pm on Friday, 22 April 2022. We would prefer you use our online submission form. However, you can also send feedback by email or post.
If you don't want to use the online form, email your submission to MPI.Forestry@mpi.govt.nz
While we prefer online submissions or email, you can post written submissions to:
Managing Exotic Afforestation Consultation
Climate Change Policy
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
What to include
Make sure you tell us in your submission:
- The title of the consultation document – "Managing exotic afforestation incentives"
- Your name and title
- Your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation)
- Your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).
We recorded the webinars and will post links to them here as they become available.
Webinar 1: For the public and stakeholders
Date: 23 March 2022
Webinar 2: For the public and stakeholders
Date: 29 March 2022
Webinar 3: For iwi – Māori specific
Date: 30 March 2022
No video from webinar 3 will be available before the consultation closes.
After this consultation, MPI may post all or parts of any written submission on its website. We will consider that you have consented to its publication, unless clearly stated otherwise in your submission. We cannot reply to individual submitters.
We will then make final recommendations on the proposed options. Any changes to the Climate Change Response Act 2002 will likely take effect before 1 January 2023.
Submissions are official 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.