1. What is the ETS?

The New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) began operation in 2008 and is one of the main ways New Zealand is attempting to fight climate change.

Emissions trading is a tool for sending price signals to producers, consumers and investors to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change. Globally, 23 emissions trading systems have been implemented or scheduled as of 2017.

How it works 2019

Motu researchers have written a concise and practical guide to how the ETS works today and how it has evolved over time. Motu has also released seven short videos answering questions asked by students relating to climate change and the ETS.

  1. Why would I be interested?
  2. How much money can we earn?
  3. What are the risks?
  4. What can be planted?
  5. What financial support is available?
  6. What advice is available?
  7. How do we contact emitters?
  8. Who can negotiate a deal?
  9. How long does a deal last?