Category Archives: forestry

Sequestration rules will change

Government foreshadows new ETS sequestration categories but then creates yet another communication muddle The Government’s on-farm sequestration policy appeared to have taken a big step forward with a media release from the Government on 30 November, apparently timed to coincide … Continue reading

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Key methane technologies misfire

  Methane technology breakthroughs cannot stop cannot ruminants from doing what comes naturally Reducing methane production from pastoral agriculture lies at the heart of efforts to make pastoral agriculture more climate friendly. If only sheep and cattle could be made … Continue reading

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Simon Upton, methane and forestry

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton says there are good reasons to allow forestry offsets for methane rather than for fossil fuels Simon Upton, in his role as Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, has produced a new ‘Note’ for … Continue reading

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Voluntary sequestration schemes create opportunities as well as confusion

Native forests that began regenerating prior to 1990 are excluded from the ETS. This opens opportunities for voluntary schemes independent of Government. In a recent article, I wrote how carbon credits are not created equal. This inequality is now leading … Continue reading

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Carbon credits are not created equal

Carbon offsets are fundamental to New Zealand’s greenhouse-gas policies. However, not all offsets are created equal. That sets the scene for all sorts of games to be played, with winners and losers. This is further complicated by marketing ploys that … Continue reading

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Mega changes announced to forestry and carbon policies

There were two big announcements by Government entities in the last week of July affecting forestry rules and carbon pricing. To a large extent, the announcements escaped media scrutiny.   That lack of scrutiny was because explanations require an understanding … Continue reading

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Climate Change Commission pours reality on HWEN proposals

Industry groups now need to decide how to manage the HWEN stand-off with the risk of being left outside the tent Big decisions are now required, both by rural industry groups and Government, following the Climate Change Commission advice on … Continue reading

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Are pine trees the problem or the solution?

Pine-forest regulation proposals are creating lots of heat with big implications for land-use and the landscape.  Right now, there is a fervent debate underway as to where pine trees fit within our future landscape. On one side stand Forestry Minister … Continue reading

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Forestry rules about to be upturned

More forestry upheavals are coming as the Government foreshadows big changes to the rules of the game. Sheep and beef farmers including iwi are the big prospective losers. In 2018, the Government announced that it was moving towards a new … Continue reading

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Carbon farming is back in the melting pot

There is considerable evidence that the Government plans to change the carbon-farming rules and to do so in the coming months. The big risk is that unintended consequences will dominate over intended consequences. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash has made it … Continue reading

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