Country:New Zealand
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2002
Date Amended:

2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014

Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Market-based instruments>GHG emissions trading, Regulatory Instruments>Obligation schemes , Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Ministry for the Environment

The Climate Change Response Act 2002 is New Zealand's primary 'climate change' legislation and put in place a legal framework to enable New Zealand to meet its international obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.  The Climate Change Response Act 2002 has been amended seven times - most recently in 2014 (by the Climate Change Response (Unit Restriction) Amendment Act 2014) the purpose of which was to prevent re-registration arbitrage - an unintended consequence in the operation of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.  This Act is jointly administered by the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


There are eight regulations and four orders under this Act covering a broad scope of technical regulations including general exemptions, fishing allocation plan, eligible industrial activities, removal activities, stationary energy and industrial processes, synthetic greenhouse gas levies, the New Zealand Refining Company Limited, unique emissions factors, Unit Register, waste, forestry, and fossil fuels. They are:

Climate Change (Agriculture Sector) Regulations 2010

Climate Change (Eligible Industrial Activities) Regulations 2010

Climate Change (Emissions Rulings: Fees and Charges) Regulations 2010

Climate Change (Forestry Sector) Regulations 2008

Climate Change (Liquid Fossil Fuels) Regulations 2008

Climate Change (Other Removal Activities) Regulations 2009

Climate Change (Stationary Energy and Industrial Processes) Regulations 2009

Climate Change (Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levies) Amendment Regulations 2014

Climate Change (Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levies) Regulations 2013

Climate Change (Unique Emissions Factors) Regulations 2009

Climate Change (Unit Register) Regulations 2008

Climate Change (Waste) Regulations 2010

Related policies:Emissions Trading Scheme

Last modified: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:50:46 CET