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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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