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Independent review of forestry ETS costs announced

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Forestry Minister Todd McClay has today announced an independent review into the forestry component of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) Register to ensure it is efficient and cost-effective.

“Up and down the country forestry owners have been raising concerns about the excessive costs that have been imposed upon them by the previous government,” Mr McClay says.

“We have identified 22 fixed service fees including a $30 per hectare annual fee for participants into the forestry ETS register that forest owners are expected to pay.

Mr McClay says the review will inform future decisions on funding the ETS regime forestry services, including the current revenue model.

“We are looking for assurance that the scheme’s operational costs are appropriate,” Mr McClay says.

“There are more than 560,000 hectares of post-1989 forest land in the ETS and over 4,000 forestry participants. They deserve to have confidence in the system the government has set up to manage their ETS obligations.”

Mr McClay says this is part of a pre-election commitment to rebuild confidence in the forestry sector.

The review starts next month and is expected to report back by the end of April.

“Forestry plays an important role in helping New Zealand meet its emissions reductions obligations. This review is the government’s first step on halting Labour’s attack on forestry through excessive costs and regulations,” Mr McClay says.

The Terms of Reference for the review is available here.

Image credit: Matt Palmer

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  1. What to do with the slash?
    Harvest the same and use it in wood-burners after converting the slash into pellets, bricks, and round compressed fuel logs.
    Similar to old tyres; strip the steel belts out for re-cycling, crumble the rubber, and use the same with the asphalt bitumen for future road re-paving projects.
    LOTS of renewable and re-usable items by the tonne, but no motivation to do any tree-saving or road quiet projects!
    But…lots of money to send to the Ukraine, Israel and politically-correct globalist-directed projects here in good ol’ Aotearoa…!

    • Yes there is so much waste in forestry
      But exenterating that waste to produce some sort of profit is economically unfeasible
      Without as You point out some sort of govt assistance
      Which is not available here but to politically correct causes
      It would be nice to be able to let the greater public at large loose in the forests in the weekend
      But that would never happen
      And would present a multitude of problems
      First of all and most importantly fire risks
      When getting a permit the first question that is asked is ‘petrol’ or ‘diesel’?
      Then there would be the accidents
      Interference in operations


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