Pricing agricultural emissions

Closed 18 Nov 2022

Opened 11 Oct 2022


Agriculture contributes half of our total greenhouse gas emissions. Many farmers and growers are already reducing their emissions. However further work is needed to help Aotearoa New Zealand become a low-emissions country.

To encourage more climate-friendly agriculture, the Government is proposing:

  • a farm-level, split-gas levy for pricing agricultural emissions
  • two options for pricing synthetic nitrogen fertiliser emissions 
  • an interim processor-level levy as a transitional step if the farm-level levy cannot be implemented by 2025
  • recognition for some types of sequestration in an adjacent contractual system from 2025, with a long-term goal of integration of new vegetation categories into the NZ ETS.

No feedback is sought on any other matters already set out in the Climate Change Response Act 2002 (CCRA).

Read a short summary of the consultation document [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Read the full consultation document [PDF, 6.1MB]


For an overview of the proposals and opportunity to ask questions, register for one of the following sessions.

Public webinar sessions:

Agriculture sector nationwide Q+A sessions:

  • 20 October 9-10.30am
  • 25 October 6.30pm-8pm  
  • 31 October 4pm-5.30-pm   

Webinar for Hapori Māori: 8 November, 6.30-8pm 

NZ ETS participants workshop: 10 November, 4-5.30pm - register

What happens next

This consultation closed on 18 November 2022.

Once submissions have been considered, final proposals will go to ministers for approval in early 2023.