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Important information about the Fixed Price Option

Participants with obligations or repayments arising from an amended return or default assessment are ineligible to use the Fixed Price Option (FPO), as per section 178A of the Climate Change Response Act 2002. Ministers have been informed, and until they make their decisions we cannot advise further. If you are unsure if you are eligible to meet an ETS obligation or repayment using the FPO please contact the EPA to discuss (0800 254 5628 or emissionstrading@epa.govt.nz), prior to the due date. If an FPO transaction is set up to meet an obligation or repayment which is not allowed under s178A the EPA will decline the application, and you will be required to surrender units.

Amendments to NZ ETS regulations

  • Other removal activities. A methodology has been added so that emissions embedded in exported liquid carbon dioxide can be calculated, and redacting the removal activity eligibility for natural gasoline exports
  • Stationary Energy and Industrial Processes. Natural gas default emissions factors, and the emissions factor for combusting used tyres for energy have been updated. The listed global warming potential of R-448A has been amended.
  • Synthetic greenhouse gas levies. The rates of levies and the goods subject to them have been updated. This includes clarification on how water coolers are levied.

Further information can be obtained at http://www.mfe.govt.nz/climate-change/new-zealand-emissions-trading-scheme/legislative-and-regulatory-changes/regulatory-7

ETS security reminder

Your ETS register account should always remain secure. If you suspect that someone else knows your username or password, contact the EPA immediately and change your password.

Here’s some quick tips to keep your account secure

  • We recommend you regularly review your account to ensure the correct Account Operators, who are people who can do transactions, remain up-to-date (you can check this through the Register Public Reports)
  • If we ever phone you, we will always identify ourselves as from the EPA.
  • All EPA emails will come from an @epa.govt.nz email, or @emissionsregister.govt.nz address.
  • System generated emails do not contain any links for you to click on.
  • EPA staff will never ask you for your login details.
  • If you are unsure about the validity of any calls you receive regarding your NZETR Account you should hang up and call back on 0800 Climate (0800 254 628), Overseas callers:+64 3 962 27 08 (normal phone charges apply)

Keeping your login details safe

The sharing of usernames and passwords to allow people to access accounts would be considered a breach of the terms and conditions of use of the Register and in that case we may then refuse access to, or suspend access to, the NZ Emissions Trading Register without prior warning.
The Registrar takes the security and integrity of the NZ Emissions Trading Register extremely seriously and therefore cannot condone the sharing of login information under any circumstances. The Registrar also has a responsibility to the International community and would be in breach of the operational guidelines set out by the International Transaction Log of the UNFCCC.

Have your say on proposed improvements to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

The Ministry for the Environment has started the consultation process on improvements to the emissions Trading Scheme. Find out more about the proposed changes and make submission here.
Submissions close on 21 September 2018.

Annual Emissions Return: 'One for two' phase out

A reminder that the 'one for two' phase out is happening in three stages, for the following reporting periods:

  • 2017 - 1 unit for each 1.5 whole tonnes of emissions
  • 2018 - 1 unit for each 1.2 whole tonnes of emissions
  • 2019 - 1 unit for each 1 whole tonne of emissions

Equivalent changes apply so that recipients of Other Removal Activities entitlements receive a phased increase to their entitlement.

There is no change to obligations for agriculture participants as they are not currently required to surrender New Zealand Units (NZUs) to account for their emissions.

Second Forestry Mandatory Emissions Return Due

The second Forestry Mandatory Emissions Return (MER) period for the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) ended on 31 December 2017.
All participants that have registered post-1989 forest land in the ETS on this date are required to submit a MER between 1 January and 30 June 2018.
This return will reconcile all units to be claimed or surrendered in the period 01/01/2013 to 31/12/2017.

Further information can be found on MPI's website:


Take a 3-minute tour of the new register

We've created a video to help you see how the new register will work for you.

It shows you how to login, and navigate through to do different tasks.

Link https://vimeo.com/179691351

Use the guides to help you navigate

We've written three guides to help make it easy for you to use the New Zealand Emissions Trading Register.

The NZETR has been designed to be intuitive, and guide people through the different tasks they need or want to do to take part in the Emissions Trading Scheme.

If you get stuck, or want to have a little more information, the guides can help you.

Check your browser

The New Zealand Emissions Trading Register will work best with the latest version of the following browsers:

How to get a new migration code to access the NZETR

All the migration codes we sent to let people transfer to the new register have now expired.

If you didn't use yours in time, you'll have to contact us on 0800 CLIMATE (0800 254 628) to get a new one emailed to you. When you call, select Option 2, and be prepared to answer some security questions to confirm your identity.

Login as an 'existing user' if you were a user of the old register, the New Zealand Emissions Unit Register

To login, go to www.emissionsregister.govt.nz and click on the RealMe login field.

You will have two options from this window:

  1. login as an existing RealMe user if you already have a RealMe login
  2. Or 'create a RealMe login' if you haven't signed up for RealMe yet.

When you've logged in using RealMe, you'll be taken to a new page to enter a few details to link your RealMe identity to your NZETR account.

  • You must login as an existing user. To do this: Enter your new migration code.
  • Enter the telephone number you listed for your NZEUR account. Don't put in any dashes or spaces for your phone number, just the digits.

Note: Ignore the section for new users – this is for people who weren't users of the NZEUR (the old Register).

Enjoy the new register

When you've done this, you should have access to all your details. Take a moment to check everything works for you.

Now you've logged in successfully with your new migration code, in future you'll only need your RealMe login.