The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is a tool that puts a price on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Businesses in the New Zealand ETS are required to buy units (NZUs - also known as carbon credits) to cover their emissions. 

It is established under the Climate Change Response Act 2002, which is the legal framework that enables New Zealand to meet international obligations with regard to climate change.

In addition, changes to the RMA in 2020 mean that from 31 December 2021, Councils were able to consider the effects of discharges of greenhouse gases on climate change (this was previously excluded) and when preparing plans must have regard to emissions reductions plans and national adaption plans.

The following documents include the relevant submissions and reports that makeup a timeline of work starting in November 2019. 

Relevant documents

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HortNZ submission on Deferral of NZ ETS reporting obligations for animals-farmer activities

September 2023

HortNZ supported deferring the ETS backstop for animal farmers.

PDF, 252 KB.

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HortNZ's summary of National Direction for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Industrial Process Heat

July 2023

HortNZ summarises the new national rules for process heat.

PDF, 131 KB.

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HortNZ's submission on ETS price controls 2023

June 2023

We advocated for the importance of industrial allocations and argued that the government should "let the market decide" on ETS outcomes rather than employing price controls.

PDF, 260 KB.

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Summary of HortNZ's submission on the ETS Discussion Document

February 2023

This is a summary of HortNZ's submission supporting a robust market governance framework with a regulator to ensure the efficiency, integrity and confidence in the NZU (New Zealand Units) market.

PDF, 85 KB.

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HortNZ's submission on Market Governance of the ETS

February 2023

HortNZ submitted in the best interests of growers.

PDF, 321 KB.

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HortNZ's joint submission on reforming industrial allocation in the NZ ETS

September 2021

HortNZ, with Tomatoes NZ and Vegetables NZ, highlighted that greenhouse growing is a resilient growing system important for domestic food supply and proposed alternative approaches to better support greenhouse horticulture.

PDF, 613 KB.

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HortNZ's submission on phasing fossil fuels out of process heat

May 2021

HortNZ made a submission on MfE's discussion document along with TomatoesNZ, Vegetables NZ and New Zealand Plant Producers Inc.

PDF, 1.2 MB.

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Discussion document on fossil fuels in process heat

May 2021

Ministry for the Environment consulted on a proposal for new national direction relating to the use of fossil fuels in process heat.

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HortNZ's submission on accelerating renewable energy and energy efficiency

March 2020

HortNZ submitted in the best interests of growers.

PDF, 635 KB.

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HortNZ's submission on NZ ETS Proposed Settings

February 2020

HortNZ submitted in the best interests of growers.

PDF, 551 KB.

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HortNZ's submission on Emissions Trading Reform Amendment Bill 2020

January 2020

HortNZ submitted in the best interests of growers.

PDF, 508 KB.

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HortNZ's joint submission on NZ ETS Rules for Auctioning

December 2019

HortNZ, along with Tomatoes NZ and Vegetables NZ, submitted in the best interests of growers.

PDF, 353 KB.

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Review of industrial allocation in the NZ ETS

November 2019

Ministry for the Environment published a cabinet paper proposing changes to industrial allocation in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.