Inclusion of Agriculture and Forestry in a Domestic Emissions Trading Scheme: New Zealand's Experience to Date

Motu Working Paper No. 08-04

52 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2008 Last revised: 17 Jun 2008

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Suzi Kerr

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust

Andrew B. Sweet

Firecone

Date Written: February 2008

Abstract

No country has previously attempted to include either agriculture or forestry in an emissions trading system. The New Zealand government is planning to include both. This paper describes how they plan to do it, what some of the critical issues have been and some of the outstanding challenges. If New Zealand can resolve these issues and so can create a strong system, this could create a precedent for many others. Policy development is actively progressing as this paper is written. This paper does not definitively cover the issues but records our thinking at a moment in time and provides a framework for more in-depth analysis.

Keywords: Emissions trading, New Zealand, agriculture, public policy

JEL Classification: Q54, Q58

Suggested Citation

Kerr, Suzi and Sweet, Andrew B., Inclusion of Agriculture and Forestry in a Domestic Emissions Trading Scheme: New Zealand's Experience to Date (February 2008). Motu Working Paper No. 08-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1143106 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1143106

Suzi Kerr (Contact Author)

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust ( email )

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+64 4 383 4250 (Phone)
+64 4 383 4270 (Fax)

Andrew B. Sweet

Firecone ( email )

New Zealand
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