Te Arotake Mahere Hokohoko Tukunga - Review of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

Closed 11 Aug 2023

Opened 19 Jun 2023

Results updated 21 Dec 2023

From 19 June to 11 August 2023, New Zealanders were invited to have their say on a review of the design of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS). Work on the ETS review has now ceased.

Thank you to all who made a submission.

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Government is reviewing the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) to make sure it’s fit for the job ahead.

The review will focus on the benefits, trade-offs and risks of changing the NZ ETS so it can incentivise gross emissions reductions, but continue to support removals.

It follows advice from He Pou a Rangi | Climate Change Commission. It recommended that the Government consider amending the NZ ETS to provide more robust support for gross emissions reductions and manage the amount of exotic forest planting driven by the scheme. 

Read the full consultation document [PDF, 2MB]

Read the summary consultation document [PDF, 2MB]

Read the frequently asked questions [PDF, 253KB]

Read the te reo Māori summary consultation document [PDF, 2MB]

Read the ETS Review Summary of Modelling [PDF, 1.7MB]

View the quick submission version

A quick submission is a shorter version of this consultation.  It has four questions.

Joint submissions on the NZ ETS review and redesign of the permanent forest category consultations

A redesigned NZ ETS permanent forest Category consultation

Both programmes were open for consultation at the same time because they are interlinked. They both have significant implications for the forestry sector, but also New Zealand's climate change response, rural land-use change and Māori interests. 


Three public and two iwi/Maori webinars discussing the ETS Review and ETS Permanent Forestry Category Redesign were held at the end of June and July. Please see below for recordings.

Webinar recordings and presentation

Thursday 29 June, 6.30pm - public webinar Video link Presentation
Friday 30 June, 12.00pm - Māori/Iwi webinar Video link Presentation
Thursday 27 July, 3.00pm - Modelling summary webinar Video link Presentation