Letter to the Minister: Response to report on NZ ETS settings

The Commission’s view of the Minister of Climate Change’s report on the Government’s reasons for differing from the Commission’s 2022 advice on the NZ ETS

On 17 February 2023, the Chair of the Climate Change Commission, Rod Carr, wrote to the Minister of Climate Change regarding his report on the Government's reasons for its decision not to follow the Commission's 2022 recommendations on unit limits and price control settings in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

Should the Government choose to not follow the Commission’s recommendations, the Climate Change Response Act seeks to ensure transparency and accountability by requiring the Minister to prepare a report of the reasons for the difference and present it to the House. This is a key element of the architecture for clear, stable climate policy in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Minister's report was presented to the House on 16 December 2022. This letter outlines the Commission's view of that report.


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