Most Read Contributor in New Zealand, September 2016
National will adopt most of the recommendations of the Caygill
Review into the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), with two
it will maintain the $25 per tonne price on carbon until
"at least" 2015, and
as already signalled, it has kicked for touch in relation to
agriculture's entry to the ETS.
National will extend the transitional supports to the
electricity, industrial and transport sectors, in line with the
Review's recommendation. This would mean that the 50%
surrender obligation, which was to expire on 31 December 2012,
would instead be phased out in three equal steps between 1 January
2013 and 1 January 2015.
However, National would maintain the $25 per NZU price cap until
at least 2015 rather than increase it by $5 a year each year from
2013 to 2017 – as the Review recommended.
As expected, National has rejected the Review's
recommendations that the entry date for agriculture remain at
2015. Rather than commit to a specific date, National says it
will review the issue in 2014 and will impose a liability then only
if there are practical technologies available to reduce emissions
and if our trading partners have made similar commitments.
This represents the key area of difference with the Labour Party
ETS policy, which is to bring agriculture in from 2013.
National will introduce off-setting for pre-1990 forest
landowners from 1 January 2013 so that land can be converted to the
most economic use without deforestation liabilities being incurred
if a comparable forest is replanted elsewhere.
National has recommitted to engaging with the Australian
government on linking the New Zealand and Australian carbon markets
post-2015. The basis for these discussions will now be much clearer
following the passage yesterday through the Federal Upper House of
the Gillard Government's carbon tax legislation.
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