NZ ETS comments

The NZ Emissions Trading Scheme has been in operation since 2008 to mixed reviews. The government’s view seems to be generally positive, it having met our technical obligations to date. Much of the business and farming community probably support the govt position, as it has been designed (and subsequently gutted?) to ensure little impact to ‘business as usual’. The forestry and environmental sectors I’m sure have very different views.

You can see an earlier post related to this here: http://soilcarbon.org.nz/nz-post-2020-climate-change-target/

The govt has now decided that it is time to review the ETS. Its easy to be cynical about the post-COP21 timing but does this create an opportunity for the biochar community to get some day-light? MfE have issued a consultation document: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/consultation/new-zealand-ets-review-201516-consultation

From my look at the linked discussion document, opportunities around soil carbon sequestration have not even been framed in the discussion. So how does this square with our govt signing up for 4 per 1000? (see the post previous to this). I suggest we should take this opportunity to wave the flag. Can we put together a submission team? NZBRC student project? Can I inspire a comment from anyone?

There are 2 closing dates for submissions. There is not much time left to for the initial submission date (19Feb) but I suggest that the 2nd round submission opportunity is more appropriate for soil carbon comments (30 April).


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NZ ETS comments — 1 Comment

  1. There is not a lot of scope for introducing a new mitigation strategy in to the NZ ETS – the government are closed to hearing new ideas and focused entirely on forestry. I had planned to make a submission under the ‘Other Issues’ category but the requirement for evidence-based submissions makes the preparation of a submission onerous (for example gathering the research data on CO2 uptake of feedstock by age).

    If anyone has real data on carbon sequestration rates through char, then I would be happy to collaborate on the preparation of a submission focused on clause 4.6.

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