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.
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.
ETS online system
Log in to the ETS system to manage your registered forests and make transactions.
Forest land in the ETS
Forest land has a specific meaning under the ETS. Learn about your opportunities and obligations under 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.
Registering post-1989 forest land
Learn how to register your forest in the ETS.
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.
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.
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.
Adding or removing forest land
Find out how to add or remove land from the ETS, or deregister from the scheme.
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.
Deforesting forest land
Find out what you need to do when you deforest 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.
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.
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 fees and charges
Find out more about the fees and charges that are involved in the ETS.