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Proposed changes to forestry regulations in the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme

Have your say

On behalf of the Minister of Forestry and the Minister for Climate Change, MPI is consulting on a set of 12 improvements to forestry regulations in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS). 

Three of the 12 proposals are:

  • Allowing forest owners with 100 hectares or more in the scheme, to update their lookup tables only once every 5 years.
  • Providing more flexibility regarding waivers for owners of over 100 hectares around the collection of field data near the end of the 5-yearly mandatory emissions returns.
  • Closing of an unanticipated loophole related to the deforestation of post-1989 forest, and its subsequent replanting and re-entry into the scheme.

The other 9 proposals correct or improve technical issues or address areas where the regulations aren't working as intended.

Full details are in the consultation document.

Consultation document

Making your submission

Email your feedback to

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

Submission on Forestry Regulations
Spatial Forestry and Land Management
P O Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

All written submissions, whether by email or on paper, must be received by MPI no later than 5pm on 3 July  2018.

MPI will consider all relevant material provided in submissions so you are encouraged to include as much supporting information as possible. 

Make sure you include the following information 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).

Other changes planned for the ETS

In line with decisions made on the ETS review in July 2017, Ministers will be considering other changes to the scheme affecting forestry later this year (2018). As these would require amendments to the primary legislation (the Climate Change Response Act), they will be consulted on separately. 

Submissions are public information

Note, that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it (refer to sections 6 and 9 of the OIA).

Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.