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  • 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. Read about the plastic items being phased out The decision follows widespread public support The Government consulted the public on its plastic phase-out... More
    Opened 10 November 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... More
    Opened 8 April 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... More
    Opened 20 April 2021
  • Designing a governance framework for the NZ ETS

    The Government is proposing improvements to the market governance framework of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (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... More
    Opened 8 July 2021
  • Reforming industrial allocation in the NZ ETS

    The Government is reviewing industrial allocation (also known as free allocation) in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS). Industrial allocation is the provision of free emissions units (NZUs) to industries considered emissions-intensive and trade-exposed (EITE). Its purpose... More
    Opened 8 July 2021
  • Freshwater farm plan regulations

    Freshwater farm plans were introduced last year 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. More
    Opened 26 July 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
    Opened 26 July 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). Why we are consulting We have received feedback that aspects of the intensive... More
    Opened 26 August 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... More
    Opened 1 September 2021
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