Forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme

If you own forest land or have rights in forest land, you may be able to earn carbon credits. You may also have obligations through the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Find out if your forest land is covered by the ETS, whether you can join the ETS, and if you can earn carbon credits.

About the Emissions Trading Scheme

Learn why we have an ETS, and how it works.

About the Emissions Trading Scheme

ETS forest land statistics [PDF, 225 KB]

Updates and changes to the ETS

Find out how we're making the ETS work better for forestry.

Updates and changes to the ETS

ETS online system

Log in to the ETS system to manage your registered forests and make transactions.

ETS online system

Forest land in the ETS

Forest land has a specific meaning under the ETS. Learn about your opportunities and obligations under the ETS.

Forest land in the ETS

Permanent forests in the ETS

Find out about the ETS options for permanent forests. In 2023 the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative (PFSI) will be replaced with a new permanent forestry category.

Permanent forests in the ETS

Registering post-1989 forest land

Learn how to register your forest in the ETS.

Registering post-1989 forest land

Mapping forest land in the ETS

To register your forest in the ETS or change what is registered, you will need to map your forest. Find out how to do this.

Mapping forest land in the ETS

Accounting for carbon in the ETS

The ETS uses stock change accounting and averaging accounting to account for carbon that's stored in a forest. Learn how these work, and which you can use.

Accounting for carbon in the ETS

Emissions returns

You will need to complete an emissions return to claim carbon credits. Find out when you'll need to file a return, and how to do this.

Emissions returns

Adding or removing forest land

Find out how to add or remove land from the ETS, or deregister from the scheme.

Adding or removing forest land

Buying, selling, or transferring forest land

You must tell Te Uru Rākau if you're buying, selling, or transferring post-1989 forest land that's registered in the ETS.

Buying, selling, or transferring forest land

Deforesting forest land

Find out what you need to do when you deforest forest land.

Deforesting forest land

Offsetting deforestation of forest land

If you deforest forest land you may need to pay carbon credits. You may be able to offset this deforestation liability by planting a new forest elsewhere.

Offsetting deforestation of forest land

Using the Field Measurement Approach

If you have 100 hectares or more of post-1989 forest land registered in the ETS, you need to use the Field Measurement Approach (FMA) to calculate your forest's carbon stocks. We've created a step-by-step process so you can see what's involved.

Using the Field Measurement Approach

ETS policies and forms

Find the policies we use to administer the ETS and the forms you need to manage forest land that's registered in the ETS.

ETS forms

ETS fees and charges

Find out more about the fees and charges that are involved in the ETS.

ETS fees and charges

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