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The New Zealand Government's guide to the NZETS is available on the Ministry for the Environment website.

ETS consultation suggests lower prices for NZUs

Wednesday - A new consultation document from the Ministry for the Environment suggests lowering the auction floor price for the Emissions Trading Scheme, as well as lowering the trigger price for the cost containment reserve.

Changes to oil and gas decommissioning regime coming

2 May 24 - The Australian and United Kingdom’s oil and gas decommissioning regimes are being considered as a potential template for New Zealand’s own sector, Resources Minister Shane Jones said.

Fast-track Approvals Bill ‘serious risk’ to NZ exporters: Environmental Defence Society

29 Apr 24 - Exporters should be ‘deeply concerned’ that the Fast-track Approvals Bill has not been assessed for consistency with any of New Zealand’s free trade agreements, according to the Environmental Defence Society.

Bell Gully on hazard risk management

10 Nov 23 - As New Zealanders face the rising environmental, social and economic costs of severe weather events like Cyclone Gabrielle, a work programme to improve natural hazard risk management under the Resource Management Act 1991 (the RMA) has begun.

NZ must improve how it puts together plans for emissions reductions: Environment Commissioner

8 Sep 23 - Make it coherent and have the Prime Minister take the lead: Those are two pieces of advice the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment wants the incoming government to take to heart when formulating plans to cut emissions.

Consultation on exotic hardwoods and carbon tables in the ETS

30 Aug 23 - The Ministry for Primary Industries is consulting on recognising space-plantings and exotic hardwoods in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

Law change means govt no longer has to promote mining on Crown land

24 Aug 23 - A law change means the government is no longer required to actively “promote” prospecting, exploration, and mining of minerals such as fossil fuels.


Updated bill “big win” for climate

17 Aug 23 - Activists are claiming a climate bill update as a significant win against big polluters - with 800,000 tonnes of subsidised carbon dioxide pollution now cut from free allocations.

Shaw calls for inquiry and cross-party consensus on community-led retreat

16 Aug 23 - Climate Change minister James Shaw has called for a select committee inquiry into community-led retreat and adaptation funding in the face of climate-fuelled disasters.

Carbon tariffs - what are the implications for NZ?

11 Aug 23 - A senior public sector consultant has suggested that New Zealand might want to consider being a fast follower of the European Union’s moves to implement a carbon tariff.

Govt launches consultation on five areas of energy transition policy

10 Aug 23 - The Government has launched consultation on New Zealand's transition towards a low emissions economy, with five streams of energy policy out for feedback.

Sustainable tourism plan "short on detail": Environment commissioner

8 Aug 23 - The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has criticised the government’s draft plan for sustainable tourism, saying it is short on detail, particularly around plans for decarbonisation.

Bill to amend forestry provisions of Climate Change Response Act

1 Aug 23 - The government has introduced a “tidy-up bill” to Parliament, to change the Climate Change Response Act 2002 administered by the Ministry for the Environment.

Forestry consultations

27 Jul 23 - The Ministry for Primary Industries is consulting on two forestry-related issues, with the deadline for one just a week away.

Govt announces review of the ETS

23 Mar 23 - The government has announced it is reviewing the Emissions Trading Scheme to see whether it can play a stronger role in driving New Zealand’s climate response.

Emissions reduction consultation document on its way

25 Aug 21 - The government is set to launch a consultation document on its emission reduction plan, possibly as soon as next week.

Public sector ill-prepared for climate change

17 Aug 21 - Eighty-five percent of public organisations responding to a Ministry for the Environment survey admitted to not documenting how climate change will impact their ability to carry out their functions.

Limits could be placed on NZU stockpiles

9 Jul 21 - Participants in the NZ ETS could have limits set on the number NZUs they are holding and be required to disclose their stockpiles under proposals being considered by the Government.

Call for finance sector regulation

7 Apr 21 - New regulations requiring the financial sector to disclose the greenhouse gas emission of their investment portfolios are needed, the Sustainable Business Network says in its submission to the...


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