Forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme

Forestry is important in helping New Zealand meet its international climate change obligations. By putting a price on greenhouse gases, the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) encourages landowners to establish and manage forests in a way that increases carbon storage. If you own or have rights to forest land, you may be able to earn carbon credits through the ETS. You must also meet specific obligations.

Credit card payments

A secured way of paying application processing fees by credit card.

Changes to application processing

If you are applying to add land or register post-1989 forest land in the ETS, you need to be aware of some changes to our registration process.

ETS transactions system status

Due to system maintenance, the Online ETS Transactions site will be offline between 5pm Friday, 16 November and 8am Monday, 19 November 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions:

Keep informed with the Sustainable forestry bulletin

The Sustainable forestry bulletin keeps people with an interest in forestry informed. Topics include forestry in the ETS and carbon forestry.


The information on this website about the ETS should not be relied on as a substitute for the wording of the Climate Change Response Act 2002 or Climate Change (Forestry Sector) Regulations 2008. We suggest you seek independent advice before making any decisions relating to registering or managing a forest under the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Who to contact

If you have questions about forestry in the ETS:

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