Climate Change Response Act 2002

This page provides information about the Climate Change Response Act 2002 and regulations under this Act. 

About the Act

The Climate Change Response Act 2002 puts in place a legal framework to enable New Zealand to meet its international obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and teh Kyoto Protocol.

The Act includes powers for the Minister of Finance to manage New Zealand’s holdings of units that represent New Zealand’s target allocation for greenhouse gas emissions under the Protocol. It enables the Minister to trade those units on the international market. It establishes a registry to record holdings and transfers of units. The Act also establishes a national inventory agency to record and report information relating to greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with international requirements.

This Act is jointly administered by the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Regulations under this Act

There are seven regulations and four orders under this Act covering a broad scope of technical regulations including general exemptions, fishing allocation plan, eligible industrial activities, removal activities, stationary energy and industrial processes, synthetic greenhouse gas levies, the New Zealand Refining Company Limited, unique emissions factors, Unit Register, waste, forestry, and fossil fuels.

Read the Act and regulations

Read the Act and regulations on the NZ Legislation website.

Climate Change Response Act 2002

Climate Change (Agriculture Sector) Regulations 2010

Climate Change (Eligible Industrial Activities) Regulations 2010

Climate Change (Emissions Rulings: Fees and Charges) Regulations 2010

Climate Change (Forestry Sector) Regulations 2008

Climate Change (Liquid Fossil Fuels) Regulations 2008

Climate Change (Other Removal Activities) Regulations 2009

Climate Change (Stationary Energy and Industrial Processes) Regulations 2009

Climate Change (Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levies) Amendment Regulations 2014

Climate Change (Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levies) Regulations 2013

Climate Change (Unique Emissions Factors) Regulations 2009

Climate Change (Unit Register) Regulations 2008

Climate Change (Waste) Regulations 2010

Reviewed:
14/10/14