A better Emissions Trading Scheme for forestry

Closing Date:
Contact: Ministry for the Environment and Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand)
Telephone: 04 439 7400


This consultation is being jointly run by the Ministry for the Environment and Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand, part of the Ministry for Primary Industries).You should visit the Ministry for the Environment's website for more information on the consultation process, including upcoming public information sessions, and other related documents. Note, you must lodge all submissions with the Ministry for the Environment – not Te Uru Rākau.

We want to make improvements to the scheme

The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is New Zealand's main tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) and the Ministry for the Environment are seeking feedback on improvements to the ETS. 

There are 2 sets of proposed improvements.

    1. The first set proposes to strengthen the ETS so that it is a credible and well-functioning scheme that helps New Zealand meet its climate change targets.
    2. The second set of proposals is to help reduce complexity and other barriers to forest owners being part of the ETS.

    A decision about whether agriculture will be included in the ETS isn't part of the consultation. This decision will be made next year.

    Have your say

    We want your feedback about the proposed changes. Full details are in the consultation documents.

    • For documents relating to the first set of proposed improvements, visit the Ministry for the Environment website.
    • Documents related to the second set of proposed improvements are available to download on this web page.

    Consultation documents

    The first set of proposals (to help meet climate change targets)

    The second set of proposals (forest owners and the ETS)

    Making your submission

    Submissions on both sets of proposals close with the Ministry for the Environment at 5pm on 21 September 2018.

    Instructions on how to make a submission are on the Ministry for the Environment's website.

    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.  That is explained in 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.

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