Country:New Zealand
Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2003
Date Amended:


Policy Type:Economic Instruments, Voluntary Approaches
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Ministry for the Environment
Legal References:Office of the Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change

New Zealands climate change policy package, adopted in 2002, provided for Negotiated Greenhouse Gas Agreements (NGAs) with exemptions from the emissions charges for firms or industries that face significant risk to their competitiveness relative to producers in countries with less stringent climate change policies. Under an NGA, firms received a full or partial exemption from the emissions charge in exchange for moving towards worlds best practice in emissions management. Granting of an NGA equired two distinct processes, namely:

- Identification of eligible "at risk" firms; and

- Negotiation of exemption from the charge and appropriate worlds best practice targets. In July 2005 the Government set up a Climate Change Policy Review Team to undertake a three month review of current Climate Change policy settings and objectives.

The Review was a strategic "stock take" of where New Zealand was and what its options werefor Climate Change mitigation. The aim of this Review was to provide the Government with the basis for strategic choices for the longer term.

The Review Report was delivered to the Minister Responsible for Climate Change Issues, David Parker, in December 2005. Following this Review, Minister Parker announced that the government would not be proceeding with its proposed Carbon Tax and would instead consider other ways to manage New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

It necessarily followed, then, that no further Negotiated Greenhouse Agreements would be entered into in the current policy-revision period.



An agreement with Oceania Gold ended in 2012, and the New Zealand Refining Company negotiated an extension to the current agreement to 2022

Related policies:Emissions Trading Scheme

Last modified: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:44:18 CEST