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  • Cover of Our marine environment 2016
    October 2016
    'Our marine environment 2016' provides an overview of the pressures New Zealand's marine environment faces, how it is changing, and the impacts on our biodiversity, economy, and way of life. Read more
  • modelling-assessment-nov01.pdf
    November 2001
    This paper outlines the background to two reports: ‘Economic outcomes of the Kyoto Protocol for New Zealand’ and ‘Assessment of the likely impacts on selected sectors of a domestic emissions trading regime’. Read more
  • Māori Impacts from the  Emissions Trading Scheme  Detailed Analysis and Conclusions
    January 2008
    This report provides detailed analysis and conclusions on the potential economic impacts on Māori from the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. It outlines economic opportunities and costs in absolute and relative terms. Read more
  • March 2008
    This technical report estimates the extent of dioxin contamination at sawmill sites in New Zealand where pentachlorophenol (known as PCP) was used as a timber treatment in sprays or dips until its withdrawal in 1988. Read more
  • sddp-modelling-of-carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-electricity-generation
    November 2008
    The report was commissioned by the Ministry for the Environment for the SEIP TAG Electricity Issues Sub-group. The analysis involved modelling future electricity system performance in New Zealand assuming a range of CO2 prices Read more
  • December 2008
    The 2008 environmental report card providing information on the area of New Zealand’s marine areas with legal protection. This report card has been superseded by the Marine Protected Areas indicator update published in 2012. Read more
  • ETS 2012 Amendments: Biological Emissions from Agriculture in the ETS cover
    July 2012
    The Government made amendments to the New Zealand Emission Trading Scheme through the passage of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2012. This fact sheet has information on those changes. Read more
  • September 2009
    In September 2009 the Government introduced the Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading) Amendment Bill to Parliament, proposing a number of changes to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. This bulletin contains a summary of these changes. Read more
  • February 2009
    This report card provides information on the state of New Zealand’s air, measuring particulate matter – PM10. The report card has been superseded by the Air quality particulate matter – PM10 indicator update published in October 2012. Read more
  • MFE publication cover.
    September 2005
    During 2005/06 the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) undertook a review of New Zealand’s environmental performance. This information sheet outlined the nature and process of the review and how interested individuals and groups could get involved. Read more
  • Review of Climate Change Policies
    November 2005
    The 2005 review of New Zealand’s climate change policies was conducted by a cross-departmental team involving representatives from the Treasury, Ministry for Economic Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Transport and the Ministry for the Environment. Read more
  • November 2010
    This environmental report card is one of a series that provides information on New Zealand’s fishing activity from an environmental perspective. Total commercial catch and stock status are used to report on fish stocks under the quota management system (QMS). Read more
  • October 2009
    This bulletin provides background information on regulations setting out requirements for stationary energy, industrial processes, or liquid fossil fuels participants in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme who wish to apply for approval to use a unique emissions factor. Read more
  • ETS 2012 amendments: Forestry sector changes cover
    July 2012
    The Government made amendments to the New Zealand Emission Trading Scheme through the passage of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2012. This information sheet provides guidance on the key changes for the forestry sector. Read more
  • September 2009
    This report provides an update of results for indicators of groundwater quality in New Zealand. It summarises average water quality at almost 1000 monitoring sites over the period 1995-2008, as well as trends at the same sites within that period of time. Read more
  • Measuring up  EnvironMEntal rEporting – a Discussion DocuMEnt
    August 2011
    In 2011, the Government consulted on the proposal for an Environmental Reporting Bill. This consultation document sought people’s input and views on the proposed options for improving national state of the environment reporting in New Zealand. Submissions closed on 18 October 2011. Read more
  • March 2010
    This snapshot report is one of a series that provides information on New Zealand’s fishing activity from an environmental perspective. To report on seabed trawling, the area trawled by commercial trawlers and the types of fish found in different trawled areas are estimated. Read more
  • Afforestation responses to carbon price changes and market certainties cover
    February 2016
    A technical note providing an expert opinion on the likely forestry sector response to various carbon prices which was commissioned by the Ministry for Primary Industries and undertaken by Professor Bruce Manley of the New Zealand School of Forestry at the University of Canterbury. Read more
  • Framework Report on the Development of the National Carbon  Monitoring System
    February 2002
    This report chronicles the development of the carbon monitoring system for indigenous forests, scrub and soils. Read more
  • enz07-air-info-sheet-jun08
    Air
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-biodiversity-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-energy-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • Environment New Zealand 2007: Land
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-atmosphere-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-freshwater-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-household-consumption-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-transport-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • enz07-waste-info-sheet-jun08
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • Oceans
    June 2008
    This is one in a series of information sheets providing a snapshot of the data in Environment New Zealand 2007, the second national-level state of NZ’s environment report. Each information sheet also provides tips about what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Read more
  • cover of the report
    June 2018
    In this report, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) uses a dynamic Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model to explore the economic impacts of transitioning to targets and a lower-emissions future, and examines how the economy changes in response to the imposition of various targets. Read more
  • Cover of Preparing for coastal change: A summary of coastal hazards and climate change guidance for loccal government
    December 2017
    This document is a summary of the Ministry’s technical report, Coastal Hazards and Climate Change – Guidance for Local Government in New Zealand. It summaries the step-by-step approach developed in the guidance to help local government and others assess, plan for, and manage the increasing risks facing coastal communities. Read more
  • cover of the document
    June 2018
    The Zero Carbon Bill is an opportunity for New Zealand to decide how it delivers its part in the global effort while encouraging action by others. The Bill puts a new target in legislation that gives us certainty about our long-term goals. It creates the institutions to help us get there and to hold us to account. It can also put in place the plans we need to respond to the growing impacts of climate change. Read more
  • Consultation on proposed updates to the Climate Change (Liquid Fossil Fuels) cover
    July 2015
    The purpose of this consultation document was to seek views on proposed amendments to the Climate Change (Liquid Fossil Fuels) Regulations 2008. The purpose of the regulations is to regulate the collection of information and calculation of emissions for the purpose of surrendering units by obligation fuel participants and opt-in participants in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.  Read more
  • Emissions Trading Scheme Review 2011 cover
    March 2011
    The Climate Change Response Act 2002 required a review of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme to be completed before the end of 2011. The Act required the Minister for Climate Change Issues (the Minister) to appoint a panel to conduct the review and specify the terms of reference for its review.  This consultation document sets out the issues on which the Panel wished to focus consultation with stakeholders. Read more
  • Electricity allocation factor modelling report cover
    April 2020
    This modelling report from Energy Link provides a range of possible new values for the electricity allocation factor using different parameters, scenarios and modelling methodologies.  Read more
  • Cover of Annual glacier ice volumes, 1977-2016
    October 2017
    This report details the methodologies underlying updated estimates of glacier ice volume change in New Zealand. The estimates were used in the measure of Annual glacier ice volumes in the Environmental indicators Te taiao Aotearoa series. Read more
  • Cover of Use of NZ Garden Bird Survey data in environmental reporting
    September 2015
    Citizen science is emerging as a new source of data that could potentially be used in environmental monitoring and reporting. This project looked at the Garden Bird Survey as an example of a citizen science dataset.  Read more
  • Stream Periphyton Monitoring Manual
    December 2000
    The Stream Periphyton Monitoring Manual describes a standard set of methods for regional councils, consultants and researchers to collect and analyse data on periphyton for resource surveys, impact assessments/monitoring, state of environment reporting and research studies. Read more
  • Cover of Our freshwater 2020
    April 2020
    Our freshwater 2020 examines the most pressing issues on our freshwater. Read more
  • Cover of Environment Aotearoa 2019 summary
    April 2019
    This summary provides an overview of Environment Aotearoa 2019. Read more
  • Environment Aotearoa 2015 cover
    October 2015
    Environment Aotearoa 2015 provides an overall picture of our environment across the air, atmosphere and climate, fresh water, land and marine domains and shows interactions between each domain.  Read more
  • Cover of Environment Aotearoa 2019
    April 2019
    Environment Aotearoa 2019 provides an overview of the state of our environment. Using five broad themes the report presents nine priority environmental issues. Read more
  • Cover of Coastal hazards and climate change fact sheets
    December 2017
    This fact sheet series of seven fact sheets has been developed to accompany Preparing for coastal change: A companion to Coastal Hazards and Climate Change, and provide further information on elements of coastal processes. Read more
  • cover of the summary
    June 2018
  • Cover of Electricity allocation factor assumptions review
    November 2019
    This report by Concept Consulting compared input values used in the previous modelling of the EAF against reality. It found that if actual values had been used the EAF would be lower than its current level. Read more
  • Cover of Electricity allocation factor review background information report
    November 2019
    This report from Energy Link recommends a range of parameters and values for the proposed EAF modelling. Read more
  • Cover of Electricity allocation factor estimates for 2016/17
    November 2019
    This report by Scientia Consulting estimates the actual EAF in the wholesale electricity market over 2016 and 2017 using actual and counterfactual (not NZ ETS costs) spot prices. Read more
  • Cover of Coastal hazards and climate change guidance for local government
    December 2017
    This guidance supports councils to manage and adapt to the increased coastal hazard risks posed by climate change and sea-level rise. Read more
  • Indicators for Environmental Domain Reporting
    May 2014
    The technical report commissioned to provide us with some of the data used in the 2014 Air domain report. Read more
  • Cover of Our atmosphere and climate 2020
    October 2020
    Our atmosphere and climate 2020 shows how, why, and what is happening to our climate and how the changing climate is beginning to affect the things we care about.  Read more