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Consultation on the Government's proposed changes to the ETS - closed
In 2011, an independent panel reviewed the ETS to consider how it should evolve over the next five years. The Panel consulted widely, receiving more than 150 submissions from the public, businesses and NGOs.
The Panel recommended that the Government provide for a gradual transition to full obligations in the short term, but give businesses certainty about when they will face the full cost of their emissions. The Panel also recommended that the Government change aspects of how forestry is treated in the scheme, especially in regard to pre-1990 forests. The ETS also needs to reflect developments on the international front.
In 2012, the Government consulted on the proposed changes to the ETS following the review of the scheme. A consultation document (PDF, 4.49 MB) was published setting out the proposed changes and a number of regional hui and public meetings were held to discuss the proposed changes. The consultation closed on 11 May 2012.
The Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries held a series of hui and meetings for foresters, forest landowners, iwi, businesses and other interested parties in April 2012 to learn more about the proposed changes.