Have your say – Forestry regulations in the ETS

Friday 22 Jun 2018

New Zealand’s Minister of Forestry, Shane Jones, alongside Minister for Climate Change James Shaw, has released a consultation paper proposing 12 improvements to forestry regulations in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS). On behalf of the Minister of Forestry and the Minister for Climate Change, MPI are consulting on a set of 12 improvements to forestry regulations in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS).

There are 12 proposals being consulted on, including:

- Forest owners with 100 hectares or more in the scheme only needing to update their lookup tables once every five years.
- Providing more flexibility around the collection of field data near the end of the five-yearly Mandatory Emissions Return period.
- 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 nine proposals correct or improve technical issues, or address areas where the regulations aren’t working as intended.

Feedback on the consultation document by 5pm on 3 July 2018 to climatechange@mpi.govt.nz or the address in the consultation document.

More information and the consultation document are available here.

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