February 9, 2022
The Government has agreed to an extension to the timeframe for consultation and recommendations on agricultural emissions pricing options.
Consultation will now close in late March and the He Waka Eke Noa Partnership will report its recommendations to Ministers by 31 May 2022 (rather than 30 April 2022).
The extension was requested by the He Waka Eke Noa Partnership in light of the move to the red traffic light setting of the Covid-19 Protection Framework.
Programme Director Kelly Forster says Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor and Minister of Climate Change James Shaw understand the need for more time to discuss the options to allow for additional meetings of smaller audiences, while noting the timetable is already tight.
The current legislation requires agriculture to be included in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) by 1 January 2025 unless an alternative is agreed and implemented before that date.
The Government will consider the He Waka Eke Noa recommendations and consult the wider public later this year, before making a final decision in December on a pricing system for agricultural emissions.
If an alternative to the NZ ETS is agreed, then new legislation would need to be drafted and passed and the scheme set up by 1 January 2025.
Meetings with farmers are continuing during the red traffic light setting, with restrictions on numbers attending and key health and safety measures in place. There will also be more online opportunities for farmers, growers and others in the primary sector to discuss the options and give feedback. He Waka Eke Noa Partners are keeping farmers and growers up to date on consultation plans.
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