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Consultation on draft regulations for monitoring and reporting disposal facility methane gas emissions under the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) closed on 23 July 2010.
Please note the draft regulations and related documents available on the right are for reference only as the consultation is now closed.
Waste disposal facility operators have the following obligations around their methane emissions under the ETS:
|1 January 2011||Voluntary monitoring and reporting of emissions|
|1 January 2012||Mandatory monitoring and reporting of emissions|
|1 January 2013||Responsible for surrendering NZUs to cover emissions|
The draft regulations comprise new Climate Change (Waste) Regulations as well as amendments to the existing Climate Change (Unique Emissions Factors) Regulations.
The draft Climate Change (Waste) Regulations provide a straightforward method for reporting and calculating emissions which bases ETS reporting on information that is already collected and reported for the Waste Levy.
The draft amendments to the Unique Emissions Factors Regulations provide options for disposal facilities where methane is collected and destroyed, and for adjusting the amount of methane assumed to be emitted based on the composition of the waste being disposed at a particular facility.
An independent Technical Advisory Group (TAG) including disposal facility operators and consultants advised the Ministry on the methods used in the draft regulations. In addition, Tonkin & Taylor Ltd have provided advice to turn the TAG’s recommendations into workable options that could be clearly specified in regulation form.
Last updated: 2 August 2010