Forestry and the ETS
Wednesday 13 Jun 2018Forestry Improvements for the Emissions Trading Scheme - Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Climate Change Minister James Shaw have released a consultation paper proposing 12 improvements to forestry regulations in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS).
“Expanding the forestry industry’s capacity is essential to the success of the One Billion Trees programme, and ensuring the ETS works better is an integral part of this,” Shane Jones said.
“We have listened to the sector and these improvements are another step towards making investment and participation in forestry easier and cheaper,” Shane Jones said.
“Increased forestry is a vital aspect of New Zealand doing its bit to address climate change,” James Shaw said.
“We’re hoping to make some straight-forward, practical changes soon to improve the ETS for people who plant trees.
“The proposals take into account feedback from the 2015/16 NZ ETS Review, along with insights from the submission of mandatory emissions returns from the 2,300 forestry participants in the scheme.
“We will be coming back to the sector to get their input on more improvements to the ETS later this year, as the Government is very aware we need to address issues that are currently seen as blocks to participation in the scheme,” James Shaw said.
The 12 proposals being consulted on include:
The other nine proposals correct or improve technical issues, or address areas where the regulations aren’t working as intended.
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