ETS changes to help forestry

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

PRO­POSED CHANGES TO THE ETS SCHEME will help to make it work bet­ter for for­est own­ers in the fu­ture, say Forestry Min­is­ter, Shane Jones, and Cli­mate Change Min­is­ter, James Shaw.

The two min­is­ters re­leased a con­sul­ta­tion pa­per last month that out­lines 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,” says Mr Jones.

Mr Shaw adds: “In­creased forestry is a vi­tal as­pect of New Zealand do­ing its bit to ad­dress cli­mate change.

“We’re hop­ing to make some straight­for­ward, 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.”

There are 12 pro­pos­als un­der con­sid­er­a­tion, 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 re­gard­ing waivers for own­ers of over 100 ha around the col­lec­tion of field data near the end of the five-yearly manda­tory emis­sions re­turns

• 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.

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