Field Measurement Rules under the NZETS and Associated Persons Test

Threshold area for the ETS Field Measurement Approach for post-1989 forests.

 

There are no associated persons rules in determining who must use the FMA. The requirement to use the FMA is on an ETS or PFSI participant basis. An FMA participant is defined as:

 

  • any ETS participant who on or after 1 September 2011 has 100 hectares or more of registered post- 1989 forest land at any time in a mandatory emissions return period;
  • any PFSI covenant-holder that is subject to the Regulations, and on or after 1 September 2011 has a forest sink area of 100 hectares or more at any time in a mandatory return period;
  • any ETS participant or PFSI covenant-holder who had less than 100 hectares of forest land on or after 1 September 2011, but then registers/covenants more forest land taking them up to or over 100 hectares;
  • any ETS participant or PFSI covenant-holder who had 100 hectares or more on or after 1 September 2011, but subsequently reduces their forest land below 100 hectares. In this case they remain an FMA participant until the end of the mandatory emissions return period in which the land was reduced in area.

When determining whether the 100 hectare threshold applies, the area of post-1989 forest land in the ETS and PFSI is considered separately, not in total.

MAF has a spatial record of each ETS participant’s registered land area, so those who have 100 hectares or more will be identified and notified of their FMA obligations.

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