Closed Consultations

  • Reducing the impact of plastic on our environment

    Decision The Government has decided to phase out certain hard-to-recycle plastics and six single-use items. The decision follows widespread public support. Read about the plastic items being phased out The Government consulted the public on its plastic phase-out proposals in 2020. There was a good level of response from the general public, affected businesses, environmental and community groups, and local government agencies. More
    Closed 4 December 2020
  • Phasing out fossil fuels in process heat

    Climate change is a global problem that is having significant impacts on the environment, people and economies across the world. To limit the most harmful impacts of climate change, all countries need to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. New Zealand is committed to supporting a just transition to a low-emissions economy. Under the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019, the Government has set a 2050 target of net zero GHG emissions (other... More
    Closed 20 May 2021
  • Proposed NZ ETS and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy regulation updates 2021

    Decision The Government has reached decisions regarding regulation updates to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (SGG) Levy. The decisions made are to: update unit limit and auction price control settings for 2022-2026 (for details see Tables below) update the default emissions factors for waste and natural gas to reflect most recent data on waste and natural gas composition update NZ ETS and SGG Levy reference data to... More
    Closed 28 May 2021
  • Designing a governance framework for the NZ ETS

    The NZ ETS is an important tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Aotearoa New Zealand. Read our proposal on designing a governance framework for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme [PDF 1.4MB] We need to improve the current market governance framework to manage risks of misconduct in the NZ ETS and protect NZ ETS users from financial harm. We sought feedback on proposals to address: governance of advice governance of trading governance of... More
    Closed 17 September 2021
  • Reforming industrial allocation in the NZ ETS

    About industial allocation Industrial allocation is the provision of free emissions units (NZUs) to industries considered emissions-intensive and trade-exposed (EITE). Its purpose is to reduce the risk of emissions pricing driving EITE firms, and their production and associated emissions overseas. Read the consultation document on reforming industrial allocation in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme [PDF 1.5MB] Webinars held during the consultation ... More
    Closed 17 September 2021
  • Intensive winter grazing regulations: Proposed changes

    The Government is proposing changes to the intensive winter grazing regulations. These are included within the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) Regulations 2020 (NES-F). We have received feedback that aspects of the intensive winter grazing regulations may require modification to support effective implementation and achieve improved environmental outcomes. This particularly relates to conditions that are weather-dependent or difficult to practically... More
    Closed 7 October 2021
  • Freshwater farm plan regulations

    Freshwater farm plans were introduced as part of the Government’s Essential Freshwater package. They are intended to provide a practical way for farmers to meet the freshwater standards and to reduce regulatory burden. Why we consulted We sought feedback on the implementation and transition of all farmers to the freshwater farm plan system including: content of freshwater farm plans what outcomes could be achieved how plans could be certified, audited and... More
    Closed 7 October 2021
  • Stock exclusion regulations: Proposed changes to the low slope map

    The Government is proposing changes to the low slope map which is incorporated in the Resource Management (Stock Exclusion) Regulations 2020. More
    Closed 7 October 2021
  • Managing our wetlands

    Wetlands play an important role in maintaining the health of New Zealand’s waters. But New Zealand’s wetlands are at risk. Ninety per cent of wetlands have been lost since human settlement began and there is ongoing degradation and loss. The Government is committed to preserving the ecological value of wetlands. Why we are consulting Following stakeholder feedback, we are proposing to make the following amendments to natural wetland provisions in the National Policy Statement... More
    Closed 27 October 2021
  • Quick submission - Shape the emissions reduction plan

    What we consulted on Read a snapshot of the emissions reduction plan discussion document [PDF, 1.8 MB] The consultation closed on 24 November 2021. More
    Closed 24 November 2021
  • Detailed submission - Shape the emissions reduction plan

    What we consulted on Read the discussion document for this consultation [PDF, 7.2 MB] View webinars on the Ministry for the Environment website The consultation closed on 24 November 2021 More
    Closed 24 November 2021
  • Taking responsibility for our waste

    Aotearoa New Zealand is one of the highest generators of waste per person in the world. We use too much, waste too much and pollute too much – and this has negative impacts on the environment and contributes to climate change. Around the world, we use more resources than the planet can sustain. The way we live now is harming future generations. Everyone has a role to play to minimise waste and its impact on the environment. We know communities, businesses and local... More
    Closed 10 December 2021
  • Proposed product stewardship regulations: Tyres and large batteries

    Every year around 6.5 million tyres are imported into New Zealand. When they reach their end of use, about two-thirds go to landfill or are illegally dumped. This creates the risk of fire and toxic emissions. In 2020, an estimated 1,000 electric vehicle batteries reached their end of use. By 2030 that number could reach 84,000 each year. Mis-managed large batteries also pose risk of fire. If they end up in the landfill or the environment, toxins such as heavy metals are released.... More
    Closed 16 December 2021
  • Improving the protection of drinking-water sources

    Everyone should have access to safe drinking water. We are considering changes to the National Environmental Standards for Sources of Human Drinking Water (NES-DW) to better protect our sources of drinking water. The Government consulted on three proposals to strengthen the NES-DW: standardising the way we define source water areas strengthening regulation of activities around water sources including more water suppliers under the NES-DW. This consultation... More
    Closed 6 March 2022
  • Improving Aotearoa New Zealand's environmental reporting system

    The Environmental Reporting Act 2015 (ERA) provides the framework for independent, structured and regular reports on the state of New Zealand’s environment. This helps us understand how our environment is tracking and the impacts of our activities over time, which is vital for good decision-making. While the ERA has made positive changes to the way we report on the environment, we need to extend its functionality and breadth so environmental reports have more impact. The... More
    Closed 18 March 2022
  • Proposed changes to regulations for the NZ ETS 2022

    Decision The Government has reached decisions regarding regulation updates to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (SGG) Levy. Climate Change (Unit Register) Regulations 2008 will be updated. Regulation 11D will be repealed to remove an accounting transaction which relates to voluntary emissions offsetting activity during the Kyoto Protocol commitment periods (2008–12 and 2013–20 inclusive). Climate Change (Other Removal... More
    Closed 28 April 2022
  • People and place: ensuring the wellbeing of every generation

    Healthy whenua (land) is important for a flourishing environment and people’s wellbeing. That’s because how we use, manage and care for whenua affects our water, climate, air and native species, as well as people's quality of life. But how might our land – and New Zealanders’ relationship with it – change over the coming decades? What could they look like in 2050? The Ministry’s Long-term Insights Briefing project delves into this important topic, and looks at the risks,... More
    Closed 20 May 2022
  • Detailed submission - Transforming recycling

    Too much rubbish is ending up in landfills and our environment. We sought views on proposals to transform recycling in Aotearoa New Zealand. The three proposals were: A container return scheme that encourages people to return their empty beverage containers for recycling [PDF, 1.4MB] Improvements to household kerbside recycling [PDF, 891KB] Separation of food scraps from general waste for all businesses [PDF, 865KB] Read the full consultation... More
    Closed 22 May 2022
  • Quick submission - Transforming recycling

    Too much rubbish is ending up in landfills and our environment. We sought your views on three proposals: A container return scheme that encourages people to return their empty beverage containers for recycling Improvements to household kerbside recycling Separation of food scraps from general waste for all businesses Read the full consultation document [PDF, 3MB] More
    Closed 22 May 2022
  • Adapt and thrive: Building a climate-resilient Aotearoa New Zealand

    All New Zealanders can adapt to the locked-in effects of climate change. The sooner we act, the more effective that action will be. We sought your feedback on the plan. It’s been put together so we can minimise the damage from a changing climate. We asked about how climate change is affecting you, potential impacts you are concerned about, actions you are taking and what other actions are needed. Read the summary document [PDF, 1.4 MB] Read the consultation... More
    Closed 3 June 2022
  • Exposure draft of proposed changes to the NPS-FM and NES-F (including wetland regulations)

    We consulted on proposed amendments to wetland provisions in the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) and the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (NES-F) from 1 September to 27 October 2021. Following consultation, we analysed submissions and prepared a report summarising submissions and providing advice and recommendations to the Minister. Decisions made on the basis of that report enabled drafting of proposed amendments to wetland... More
    Closed 10 July 2022
  • Draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity — Exposure draft

    Many of our plants, birds and animals are unique to our country. Some of these, along with their ecosystems, are under threat of extinction. From November 2019 to March 2020, we sought public feedback on the introduction of a National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) to help protect precious flora and fauna. We received over 7000 submissions. The majority supported the intent of the NPSIB. In this consultation we sought feedback from practitioners, iwi/ Māori,... More
    Closed 21 July 2022
  • Managing our wetlands in the coastal marine area

    Our wetlands in the coastal marine area are the interface of freshwater and marine ecosystems. Why we are consulting The original policy intent of the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards) for Freshwater (NES-F) was to restrict activities likely to cause the loss or degradation of all natural wetlands including those in the coastal marine area. However, many councils and stakeholders initially interpreted the NES-F as applying only to natural inland... More
    Closed 21 September 2022
  • Proposed changes to NZ ETS limit and price control settings for units for 2022

    Unit settings are updated annually to ensure the NZ ETS remains an effective tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We sought feedback on the impacts of proposed changes, including the Climate Change Commission's recommendations, on price controls and unit settings for New Zealand Units. Read the consultation document [PDF, 812 KB] Webinars We hosted two webinars where participants had an opportunity to hear more about the proposals and ask questions. ... More
    Closed 6 October 2022
  • Where to from here? How we ensure the future wellbeing of land and people

    Land is a taonga. It is intrinsically linked to the health of the wider environment and to people’s lives and livelihoods. For many years Aotearoa New Zealand’s land has been under pressure. If current trends continue, pressures on our land could increase – affecting both its health and the wellbeing of future generations. We asked for your input into our Long-term Insights Briefing on how we ensure the future wellbeing of our land and people. Read a short summary of the... More
    Closed 18 October 2022
  • Pricing agricultural emissions

    Update Read the report under section 215 of the Climate Change Response Act 2002 [PDF, 905 KB] The Climate Change and Agriculture Ministers published a report on the Government’s proposed system, a legislated requirement of the Climate Change Response Act (CCRA). The report outlines a system to put a price on emissions from agricultural activities as an alternative to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. The proposed pricing system is based on the farm-level... More
    Closed 18 November 2022
  • Proposed measures to reduce the environmental impact of fluorinated gases

    Fluorinated gases (F-gases) contribute significantly to global warming. This is because they are potent greenhouse gases, with global warming potential hundreds or thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide. F-gas refrigerants are found in a range of products such as heat pumps, dehumidifiers, vehicles, fridges and freezers. We sought feedback on proposed measures to reduce the environmental impact of fluorinated gases (F-gases). This included: a regulated product... More
    Closed 18 December 2022
  • Proposed changes to the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Fees and Charges) Regulations 2013

    The Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Fees and Charges) Regulations 2013 set hourly charge-out rates for certain functions and services. The current charge-out rates have not been revised since 2013 and are not recovering costs. We are proposing increases to those charge-out rates. The main parties affected are people and companies who: intend to apply for, or already have, marine consents under the EEZ Act undertake or intend to undertake... More
    Closed 20 January 2023
  • Improving market governance of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

    The Government engaged with stakeholders about its proposals to improve governance of the market for New Zealand Units (NZU). This engagement sought feedback on the impact of treating NZUs as financial products, the leveraging of existing financial market legislation, and on alternative market governance proposals considered as part of the policy design phase. Read the consultation document [PDF, 2.4 MB] Proposed changes included: Using existing financial... More
    Closed 27 February 2023
  • Review of the Resource Management (Infringement Offences) Regulations 1999

    Councils can issue ‘instant fines’ for breaches of environmental rules under the Resource Management Act that do not justify prosecution in court. The current infringement notice fines were set in 1999. They are now too low to discourage non-compliance with plan rules or consent conditions. This puts our environment at risk and is unfair to those New Zealanders who use our natural resources sustainably and within the law. We consulted on proposed options for changing the... More
    Closed 31 March 2023
  • Ministerial Inquiry Land Use

    This Inquiry will look at past and existing land-uses. It will investigate: storm damage and its causes current practices regulatory and policy settings. It will include the impact of storm damage caused by woody debris (including forestry slash) and sediment on communities, livestock, buildings, and the environment. It will also look at associated economic drivers and constraints. More
    Closed 6 April 2023
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