Select Committee fails to fix ETS Amendment Bill

Posted on 18 October 2012 in Carbon, Forestry | Comments Off on Select Committee fails to fix ETS Amendment Bill

The Finance and Expenditure Select Committee has released its report on the Climate Change Response (Emission Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.

Disappointingly, the Bill remains largely unchanged from its first reading –  Read the Select Committee Report

Despite the comments of Minister Groser in his press release (Government to clarify use of international units in ETS), we at Woodnet see little that will do anything to reduce the cost to the average New Zealander or allow credit producers to benefit from what the average New Zealander is being charged by some businesses in New Zealand.

The Select Committee had the opportunity to do something that would positively affect long term land use in New Zealand at no additional cost to what most people have been happy to pay. Despite the multiple provision of good sound information the Select Committee appear to have ignored it and are rolling out what seems to have become established rhetoric over the last six months.

Many of our clients have pre-1990 forest land that has devalued due to the Climate Change Response Act encumbrance on it – at $20/NZU it was unfairly compensated, at less than $3/NZU it’s a farce!

Close to 60% of post-1989 land is now registered into the ETS – those landowners pay $20-$25 at the pump or electricity meter, yet their credits are almost worthless. Sound decisions made on Government Department advice and expectation has cost them dearly. They too are New Zealand businesses and incidentally the ones that make it possible for New Zealand to boast a carbon surplus. We are struggling to see much out of this review that acknowledges these landowners with anything but disdain.

We appreciate that it might be hard for organisations that cannot see past the next opinion poll to make long term decisions for our nation’s benefit, however we believe that this Bill is so far from practical reality that it’s still worth lobbying your local MP to make a difference.

Read other commentary about the report:

Returned ETS Bill a failure – Environment Commissioner

No restrictions on foreign sourced carbon credits confirmed

ETS process a rubber stamping exercise – Mackey

Groser deliberately missing the point – Mackey

Iwi lose out in Carbon Crash

Govt throws bone to ETS critics, looks to ban dodgy foreign credits

 

 

 

Presentation to the Select Committee

Posted on 19 September 2012 in Carbon, Forestry | Comments Off on Presentation to the Select Committee

We verbally presented our argument to the Select Committee today regarding the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.  We reiterate that some sections of this Bill undermine original objectives of the Climate Change Response Act 2002, and furthermore the passing of this Bill in its entirety will not only erode what has been achieved thus far by New Zealander’s who have bought into the overall philosophy of the ETS, but will effectively stop it in its tracks.  Here is a  Summary of points made to Select Committee – 18.9.12

Power industry's carbon gift

Posted on 10 September 2012 in Carbon | Comments Off on Power industry's carbon gift

This article found on the Stuff website makes for interesting reading.

Despite the price of carbon crashing, Contact Energy is yet to alter the carbon levy it imposed on customers when the Emissions Trading Scheme began in 2010. And Contact may not be the only power company overcharging customers for carbon … READ MORE

Woodnet newsletter – September 2012

Posted on 7 September 2012 in Publications, Woodnet Newsletters | Comments Off on Woodnet newsletter – September 2012

Woodnet – September 2012

  • New look newsletter.
  • Check out our brand new website!
  • Post 1989 ETS registrations – ACT NOW!
  • The Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill
  • FMA reminder – Plots must be measured before 31st December 2012
  • Mandatory 2012 Emission Returns – More time to file
  • Land transfers – Don’t get caught out
  • Second tranche of Pre 1990 allocation due in 2013 – Assignment to a different party

Download newsletter: September Newsletter

 

Proposed changes to the Climate Change Response Act. Close off date for submissions – 10th September

Posted on 6 September 2012 in Carbon, Forestry | Comments Off on Proposed changes to the Climate Change Response Act. Close off date for submissions – 10th September

The Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill is currently before Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. The closing date for submissions is 10th SeptemberREAD OUR SUBMISSION IN FULL

If you are in agreement with the contents of the submission and are comfortable that it represents your views, please email admin@woodnet.co.nz and we will add your name to the list of parties that this submission represents. You are also welcome to include any comments of support at the same time. This in no way stops you from making your own submission (online via www.parliament.nz), however we appreciate that not everybody has the time to do that.

If you wish to respond please do so by midday on Monday 10th September.

Amongst other things this Bill is proposing to retain New Zealand emitters’ ability to continue to purchase cheap foreign credits (derived from schemes/projects not considered appropriate for our own ETS) to satisfy their surrender obligations.

In the 2011 year less than 13% of all credits surrendered by emitters were forest-created NZUs. The majority of the balance were purchased off-shore from projects registered with the United Nations. The credits from the majority of these projects can only be surrendered in minor or nil proportions in Europe, and New Zealand is the only country we are aware of that will allow an emitter to surrender up to 100% of them. Many of these projects (although they meet UN requirements) would not be able to generate credits within New Zealand under our own ETS framework. Continued access to them will allow emitters to cover off on their New Zealand surrender requirements but will do nothing to reduce New Zealand’s actual carbon emissions. Furthermore, although we have tried very hard, we have been unable to confirm that emitters are passing the savings on to the people paying at the fuel pump and electricity meter.

Going forward, we understand Europe requires 1,750 million carbon credits, and latest estimates are that there will be a minimum of 4,427 million available up until 2020. This does not count other units that are just starting to emerge from Russia and the Eastern Block countries from UN approved projects.

We believe New Zealand wants to do its fair share and is capable of doing that through forestry carbon sequestration, but to do this will require some recognised reward for those making it possible. The solution we are proposing is that Government impose a requirement for emitters to surrender a minimum of 50% NZUs in their annual emission returns which would align with the Australian approach (incidentally Australia has capped the maximum amount of UN-backed Kyoto units at 12.5% from 2015 onwards).

Don't let the ETS become a nightmare

Posted on 5 August 2012 in Carbon, Magazine/News Articles, Publications | Comments Off on Don't let the ETS become a nightmare

Law Talk – August 2012

Woodnet has contributed an article for the Law Talk Magazine (August Issue #801) – the official magazine of the NZ Law Society.

  • Definitions of Pre-1990 and Post-1989 forest land.
  • Risks of deforestation. Deforestation case study.
  • Offsetting.
  • Land transfers – What needs to be done for property registered into the ETS if ownership changes more than 40% for properties. Land transfer case study.

Download article:  Don’t let the ETS become a nightmare