12 January 2023 – Increase in service fees for forestry in the ETS
From 12 January 2023 fees charged for some ETS services have increased. Services affected include:
- applying to register in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)
- applying for an emissions ruling
- transferring land ownership, and
- submitting emissions returns.
There are no changes to fees for registering or adding less than 10 hectares of land.
23 December 2022
The current ETS system is now unavailable and will not come online again. The new ETS online system, Tupu-ake, will be online from 24 January 2023.
- On this page:
- Keep informed with the Forestry ETS Alerts
- New ETS online system from 24 January 2023
- Changes to forestry in the ETS from January 2023
- Yearly summaries of changes
- Statistics on applications to register post-1989 forest land
Keep informed about forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme by subscribing to the Forestry ETS Alert. This email newsletter replaced the Sustainable Forestry Bulletin.
For earlier editions, email email@example.com
- 23 December 2022
Update on processing applications; new payment method; changes to sub-areas to account for small areas; changes to rounding rules; change to the method for calculating forest areas to increase accuracy; update on splitting registered forest areas
- 22 December 2022
New forms; approved representatives can delegate authority; small foresters’ penalty
- 19 December 2022
Changes to fees for ETS forestry services, effective from 12 January 2023
- 12 December 2022
Mapping and splitting polygons within a carbon accounting area; important dates for the Field Measurement Approach (FMA); appointing a representative
- 29 November 2022
RealMe login needed to access new online ETS system; update your details; ShareFile file size increase to 25MB
The current ETS system is no longer available. It will not come online again. The new ETS online system, Tupu-ake, will be online from 24 January 2023.
Subscribe to the Forestry ETS Alert above for more updates on the new system.
Upload areas of cleared and replanted land to ensure your emissions return is calculated correctly
From 24 January 2023, you can use Tupu-ake to calculate the changes in carbon in your forest land for your emissions return (also known as an “input return”). If your forest land was cleared or replanted, you must ensure that up-to-date maps of these areas are in our system. This will ensure that calculations generated by Tupu-ake for your emissions return are correct.
Amendments to the Climate Change (Forestry Sector) Regulations 2008 were made on 27 September 2022 and come into effect in new regulations on 1 January 2023. This is happening at the same time as most of the forestry provisions in the Amendment Act. The biggest changes are explained below.
If you have questions about changes to forestry in the Climate Change Response Act, email firstname.lastname@example.org
New fees for some services
From 12 January 2023 fees charged for some ETS services have increased. There are no changes to fees for registering or adding less than 10 hectares of land.
New carbon accounting approach called "averaging accounting"
All new registrations from 1 January 2023 will use averaging accounting, unless the forest is registered as a permanent forest. If you register between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2022 you will be able to switch to averaging accounting in 2023, or you can stay in stock change accounting.
New option for permanent forests in the ETS
"Permanent forestry" will replace the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative (PFSI). It will be available for post-1989 forest land from 1 January 2023 for forests that will not be clear-felled for at least 50 years.
New exemption from carbon liabilities for temporary adverse events
If all or part of a registered post-1989 forest is cleared by a temporary adverse event such as a fire, the owner will be able to apply for an exemption from emissions liabilities. Under this exemption, the affected part of the forest will not earn any more units until it reaches the carbon stock it was at before the adverse event.
New ability to offset deforestation liabilities
When a post-1989 forest under averaging accounting is deforested, the owner will be able to establish a forest elsewhere to offset their deforestation liability.
Updated mapping and geospatial standards
These standards have been updated and come into force on 11 January 2023:
- Field Measurement Approach Standard
- Field Measurement Approach Information Standard
- Geospatial Mapping Information Standard