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Annex 8: Supplementary information under Article 7.1 of the Kyoto Protocol

This Annex includes the supplementary information required for the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. This includes information on changes made to the national system, the New Zealand Emission Units Register (New Zealand’s national registry) and additional information under Articles 3.3, 3.4 and 3.14 of the Kyoto Protocol.

A8.1 National system

The major change in the national system since the 2008 inventory submission (Table 10.5.4) has been the shift in responsibility for compilation of the agriculture sector. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has taken over this responsibility from the Ministry for the Environment. For details of recent changes to New Zealand’s national system refer to the national system table provided in the MS Excel worksheets available for download with this inventory submission from the Ministry for the Environment’s website.

A8.2 New Zealand’s national registry

Changes made to New Zealand’s national registry in response to the Standard Independent Assessment Report for New Zealand’s National Registry for the reporting period January 2008–December 2008, are provided in Table A8.2.1. The information for the administrator of New Zealand’s national registry has changed since the 2008 inventory submission. Updated details, as supplied to the ITL administrator by New Zealand’s national focal point on 17 December 2008, are detailed in Table A8.2.2. New Zealand’s response to the expert review team’s recommendations (UNFCCC, 2007) is included in Table A8.2.3. Publicly accessible information on New Zealand’s national registry is included in Table A8.2.4.

A8.2.1 Assigned amount and commitment period reserve

New Zealand’s national registry holds New Zealand’s assigned amount of 309,564,733 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e).

The commitment period reserve of 278,608,260 metric tonnes (CO2-e) is 90 per cent of the assigned amount, fixed after the initial review in 2007.

A8.2.2 Holdings and transactions of Kyoto Protocol units

Please refer to the standard reporting format tables below (Tables A8.1–6). These tables are also provided in the MS Excel worksheets available for download with this report from the Ministry for the Environment’s website (here).

Tables A8.1.2 Copies of the standard report format tables (ie Tables 1–6) from New Zealand national registry

Table 1.  Total quantities of Kyoto Protocol units by account type at beginning of reported year

  Unit type 
Account type AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs
Party holding accounts 309564733 NO NO NO NO NO
Entity holding accounts NO NO NO NO NO NO
Article 3.3/3.4 net source cancellation accounts NO NO NO NO    
Non-compliance cancellation accounts NO NO NO NO    
Other cancellation accounts NO NO NO NO NO NO
Retirement account NO NO NO NO NO NO
 
tCER replacement account for expiry NO NO NO NO NO  
lCER replacement account for expiry NO NO NO NO    
lCER replacement account for reversal of storage NO NO NO NO   NO
lCER replacement account for non-submission of certification report NO NO NO NO   NO
Total 309564733 NO NO NO NO NO

Table 2 (a).  Annual internal transactions

   Additions Unit type  Subtractions Unit type
AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs
Transaction type                        
Article 6 issuance and conversion                        
Party-verified projects   120000         120000   NO      
Independently verifed projects   NO         NO   NO      
Article 3.3 and 3.4 issuance or cancellation                        
3.3 Afforestation and reforestation     NO       NO NO NO NO    
3.3 Deforestation     NO       NO NO NO NO    
3.4 Forest management     NO       NO NO NO NO    
3.4 Cropland management     NO       NO NO NO NO    
3.4 Grazing land management      NO       NO NO NO NO    
3.4 Revegetation     NO       NO NO NO NO    
Article 12 afforestation and reforestation                         
Replacement of expired tCERs              NO NO NO NO NO  
Replacement of expired lCERs              NO NO NO NO    
Replacement for reversal of storage             NO NO NO NO   NO
Replacement for non-submission of certification report              NO NO NO NO   NO
Other cancellation             NO NO NO 800 NO NO
Sub-total   120000 NO       120000 NO NO 800 NO NO

 

Transaction type  Retirement 
Unit type
AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs
Retirement NO NO NO NO NO NO

Table 2 (b).  Annual external transactions

   AdditionsUnit type  SubtractionsUnit type
AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs
Transfers and acquisitions                        
CH NO NO NO 25020 NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
GB NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO 15000 NO NO
JP NO NO NO 88 NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Sub-total NO NO NO 25108 NO NO NO NO NO 15000 NO NO
 

Additional information

Independently verified ERUs             NO          
 

Table 2 (c).  Total annual transactions

Total (Sum of tables 2a and 2b)  NO 120000 NO 25108 NO NO 120000 NO NO 15800 NO NO

Table 3.  Expiry, cancellation and replacement 

  Expiry, cancellation and requirement to replace Replacement
 
Unit type Unit type
Transaction or event type tCERs lCERs AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs
Temporary CERs (tCERS)                
Expired in retirement and replacement accounts NO              
Replacement of expired tCERs     NO NO NO NO NO  
Expired in holding accounts  NO              
Cancellation of tCERs expired in holding accounts NO              
 
Long-term CERs (lCERs)                
Expired in retirement and replacement accounts   NO            
Replacement of expired lCERs      NO NO NO NO    
Expired in holding accounts   NO            
Cancellation of lCERs expired in holding accounts   NO            
Subject to replacement for reversal of storage   NO            
Replacement for reversal of storage     NO NO NO NO   NO
Subject to replacement for non-submission of certification report   NO            
Replacement for non-submission of certification report      NO NO NO NO   NO
Total     NO NO NO NO NO NO

Table 4. Total quantities of Kyoto Protocol units by account type at end of reported year

  Unit type 
Account type AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs
Party holding accounts 309420003 NO NO NO NO NO
Entity holding accounts 24730 120000 NO 9308 NO NO
Article 3.3/3.4 net source cancellation accounts NO NO NO NO    
Non-compliance cancellation accounts NO NO NO NO    
Other cancellation accounts NO NO NO 800 NO NO
Retirement account NO NO NO NO NO NO
tCER replacement account for expiry NO NO NO NO NO  
lCER replacement account for expiry NO NO NO NO    
lCER replacement account for reversal of storage NO NO NO NO   NO
lCER replacement account for non-submission of certification report NO NO NO NO   NO
Total 309444733 120000 NO 10108 NO NO

Table 5 (a). Summary information on additions and subtractions

   Additions  Subtractions
Unit type Unit type
Starting values AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs
Issuance pursuant to Article 3.7 and 3.8 309564733                      
Non-compliance cancellation             NO NO NO NO    
Carry-over  NO NO   NO                
Sub-total 309564733 NO   NO     NO NO NO NO    
Annual transactions
Year 0 (2007) NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 1 (2008) NO 120000 NO 25108 NO NO 120000 NO NO 15800 NO NO
Year 2 (2009) NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 3 (2010) NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 4 (2011) NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 5 (2012) NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 6 (2013) NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 7 (2014) NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 8 (2015) NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Sub-total NO 120000 NO 25108 NO NO 120000 NO NO 15800 NO NO
Total 309564733 120000 NO 25108 NO NO 120000 NO NO 15800 NO NO

Table 5 (b). Summary information on replacement

  Requirement for replacement Replacement
Unit type Unit type
tCERs  lCERs  AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs
Previous CPs     NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 1 (2008)   NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 2 (2009)   NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 3 (2010)   NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 4 (2011)   NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 5 (2012) NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 6 (2013) NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 7 (2014) NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 8 (2015) NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
Total NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

Table 5 (c). Summary information on retirement

Year  Retirement
Unit type
AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs
Year 1 (2008) NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 2 (2009) NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 3 (2010) NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 4 (2011) NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 5 (2012) NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 6 (2013) NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 7 (2014) NO NO NO NO NO NO
Year 8 (2015) NO NO NO NO NO NO
Total NO NO NO NO NO NO

Table 6 (a). Memo item: Corrective transactions relating to additions and subtractions

 Additions  Subtractions
Unit type Unit type
AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs
                       

Table 6 (b). Memo item: Corrective transactions relating to replacement

Requirement for replacement Replacement
Unit type Unit type
tCERs  lCERs  AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs
               

Table 6 (c). Memo item: Corrective transactions relating to retirement

Retirement
Unit type
AAUs ERUs RMUs CERs tCERs lCERs
           

No problems found!

 

Table A8.2.1 Changes made to New Zealand’s national registry

Section subheading New Zealand’s response
15/CMP.1 Annex I.E paragraph 11: Standard electronic format Refer to standard electronic format attachment.
15/CMP.1 Annex I.E paragraph 12: List of discrepant transactions No discrepant transactions for the reporting period, pursuant to Decision 15/CMP.1 Annex I.E, paragraph 12.
15/CMP.1 Annex I.E paragraph 13 & 14: List of clean development mechanism notifications No clean development mechanism notifications were received by the New Zealand national registry during the reporting period.
15/CMP.1 Annex I.E paragraph 15: List of non-replacements No non-replacement clean development mechanism notifications were received by the New Zealand national registry during the reporting period.
15/CMP.1 Annex I.E paragraph 16: List of invalid units No invalid units ITL notifications were received by the New Zealand national registry during the reporting period.
15/CMP.1 Annex I.E paragraph 17: Actions and changes to address discrepancies No actions or changes were required to address discrepancies during the reporting period.

15/CMP.1 Annex I.E paragraph 18: CPR calculation

CPR level as at 31 December 2008:

CPR limit: 278,608,260

Units held: 309,574,041

CPR level: 309,574,041

Opening units as at 1 January 2008
(AAUs) 309,564,733

Add units transferred from
overseas registries (CERs) 25,108

Less units transferred to overseas
registries (CERs) 15,000

Less units voluntarily cancelled (CERs) 800

Less AAUs (converted to ERUs) 120,000

Add ERUs (converted from AAUs) 120,000

Closing units as at 31 December 2008 309,574,041

CPR Level comprised of:

AAUs 309,444,733

ERUs (converted from AAUs) 120,000

CERs 9,308

309,574,041

15/CMP.1 Annex II.E paragraph 32.(a): Change in the name or contact for the national registry

Changes were made to the contact information for the administrator, main contact, alternative contact and release manager due to a change of office location in December 2008.

The National Focal Point advised the ITL administrator of these changes as per the RSA Replacement Form.

15/CMP.1 Annex II.E paragraph 32.(b): Change in cooperation arrangement No change was made to the cooperation arrangement for the reporting period.
1/CMP.1 Annex II.E paragraph 32.(c): Change to the database or the capacity of the national registry No change was made to the database or the capacity of New Zealand’s national registry for the reporting period.
15/CMP.1 Annex II.E paragraph 32.(d): Change in the conformance to technical standards No change was made to the conformance to technical standards of New Zealand’s national registry for the reporting period.
15/CMP.1 Annex II.E paragraph 32.(e): Change in the discrepancy procedures No change was made to the discrepancies procedures of New Zealand’s national registry for the reporting period.
15/CMP.1 Annex II.E paragraph 32.(f): Change in security No change was made in security of New Zealand’s national registry for the reporting period.
15/CMP.1 Annex II.E paragraph 32.(g): Change in the list of publicly available information Refer to the list of publicly available information.
15/CMP.1 Annex II.E paragraph 32.(h): Change to the internet address New Zealand’s national registry’s internet address is now www.eur.govt.nz. In the 2008 inventory submission, the internet address of the website was provided as www.nzeur.govt.nz.
15/CMP.1 Annex II.E paragraph 32.(i) – Change to the data integrity measures No change was made to the data integrity measures of New Zealand’s national registry for the reporting period.
15/CMP.1 Annex II.E paragraph 32.(j) – Change of the test results No significant testing has been performed within New Zealand’s national registry for the reporting period.

 

Table A8.2.2 Information for the administrator of New Zealand’s national registry

Organisation designated as the administrator for New Zealand’s national registry

Name: Ministry of Economic Development

Postal address: PO Box 1473, 33 Bowen Street Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Phone number: +64 4 462 4289

Fax number: +64 4 978 3661

Web site address: www.med.govt.nz/

Contact person

Name: Ms Shirley Flaherty

Position: Chief Advisor, Ministry of Economic Development

Postal address: PO Box 1473, 33 Bowen Street Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Phone number: +64 4 462 4289

Fax number: +64 4 978 3661

Email address: shirley.flaherty@med.govt.nz

Alternative contact person

Name: Ms Anita Dahya

Position: Project Manager, Ministry of Economic Development

Postal address: PO Box 1473, 33 Bowen Street Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Phone number: +64 4 474 2843

Fax number: +64 4 978 3661

Email address: anita.dahya@med.govt.nz

Release Manager

Name: Ms Anca Slusanschi

Position: Project Manager, Emissions Trading Registry Development, Ministry of Economic Development

Postal address: PO Box 1473, 33 Bowen Street Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Phone number: +64 4 474 2665

Fax number: +64 4 978 3661

Email address: anca.slusanschi@med.govt.nz

 

Table A8.2.3 Previous recommendations for New Zealand from the expert review team (UNFCCC, 2007)

Previous annual review recommendations New Zealand addressed the recommendation as follows
The expert review team recommended that New Zealand provide a more detailed description of the database structure and the capacity of New Zealand’s national registry.

New Zealand’s national registry uses Microsoft SQL server 2005 SP2 (including the relevant hot fixes) for the database. The database is comprised of one schema to store application or programme data (including all data pertaining to user transactions through the web) and also the data that manages the content of the web, the business rules and other backend processing data.

New Zealand’s national registry has a complex system of metadata used to control aspects of the system configuration. This allows for the separation of the true system data (accounts, transactions, people, etc) from the system-descriptive data (configuration, display settings, help content, etc).

The infrastructure consists of a web server / SQL server pair in Production, Standby, DR and Test. Both the production site (WNI) and the DR / Test site (AKI) have VPN connectivity to the ITL in the United Kingdom.

The production environment consists of two servers; one hosting the web site (Internet Information Server 6.0) and the other hosting the SQL server database. The database data is located on a SAN attached disk. The DBA team manages the database and has set up log shipping to the Auckland DR servers. The log shipping is configured to dump and copy the transaction logs to Auckland every five minutes, with a complete copy of the database being sent to Auckland every evening.

The production servers have a local machine policy configured to get NTP time from a Wellington-based server. The web server has a 34GB (RAID 1+0) disk with 2GB RAM. The SQL Server has a C: drive of 34GB (RAID 1+0) and an E: drive SAN attached of 30GB.

There are two servers set up in a “warm standby” mode. The servers have images created from the two production servers, but have had their Host names and IP addresses changed, and are patched into the internal network. The web server has a 34GB (RAID 1+0) disk with 2GB RAM. The SQL Server has a C: drive of 34GB (RAID 1+0) and an E: drive SAN attached of 30GB.

The expert review team recommended that New Zealand provide a more detailed overview of how the security measures and procedures employed in New Zealand’s national registry to prevent unauthorised manipulations and to prevent operator error are kept up to date.

The servers for New Zealand’s national registry are physically located on secure floor space, where only authorised personnel have access. The server’s electronic location is accessed through a Hypertext Transport Protocol Secure (HTTPS) over a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security protocol.

New Zealand’s national registry application also contains:

  • an audit log – triggered by every insert, update or deletion in any database table – that keeps a record of the entire database/application activity

  • an event log – that tracks exchanges in a more detailed fashion than the audit log

  • a transaction log – that contains information specific to each allowance trade or transfer made.

The expert review team recommended that New Zealand provide more detailed information on a list of information that is publicly accessible.

During the in-country review visit, the expert review team was provided with a list of information publicly accessible.

For completeness, refer to the attached List of Publicly Accessible Information in New Zealand’s national registry.

 

Table A8.2.4 List of the publicly accessible information in New Zealand’s national registry

Type of information to be made public pursuant to part E of the Annex to 13/CMP.1, paragraph 44 to 48 Publicly available on New Zealand’s national registry website
(yes/no)
Information availability under New Zealand’s climate change legislation
44. Each national registry shall make non-confidential information publicly available and provide a publicly accessible user interface through the Internet that allows interested persons to query and view it.    
45. The information referred to in paragraph 44 above shall include up-to-date information for each account number in that registry on the following:  
(a) Account name: the holder of the account. Yes Up to date
(b) Account type: the type of account (holding, cancellation or retirement). Yes Up to date
(c) Commitment period: the commitment period with which a cancellation or retirement account is associated. Yes Up to date
(d) Representative identifier: the representative of the account holder, using the Party identifier (the two-letter country code defined by ISO 3166) and a number unique to that representative within the Party’s registry. Yes (this is known as the account number in New Zealand’s national registry) Up to date
(e) Representative name and contact information: the full name, mailing address, telephone number, facsimile number and email address of the representative of the account holder. Yes Up to date
46. The information referred to in paragraph 44 shall include the following Article 6 project information, for each project identifier against which the Party has issued ERUs:  
(a) Project name: a unique name for the project. Yes Up to date
(b) Project location: the Party and town or region in which the project is located. Yes Up to date
(c) Years of ERU issuance: the years when ERUs have been issued as a result of the Article 6 project. Yes Up to date
(d) Reports: downloadable electronic versions of all publicly available documentation relating to the project, including proposals, monitoring, verification and issuance of ERUs, where relevant, subject to the confidentiality provisions in decision 9/CMP.1.

This information is published on the JISC Interface website for JI Projects and is not replicated on the New Zealand’s national registry website (www.eur.govt.nz)

Proposals are not included as this is considered to be confidential information

n/a

47. The information referred to in paragraph 44 shall include the following holding and transaction information relevant to the national registry, by serial number, for each calendar year (defined according to Greenwich Mean Time):  
(a) The total quantity of ERUs, CERs, AAUs and RMUs in each account at the beginning of the year. Yes Annually by 31 January for the beginning of the previous calendar year.
(b) The total quantity of AAUs issued on the basis of the assigned amount pursuant to Article 3, paragraphs 7 and 8. Yes Annually by 31 January for the previous calendar year.
(c) The total quantity of ERUs issued on the basis of Article 6 projects. Yes Annually by 31 January for the previous calendar year
(d) The total quantity of ERUs, CERs, AAUs and RMUs acquired from other registries and the identity of the transferring accounts and registries. Yes Annually by 31 January for the previous calendar year
(e) The total quantity of RMUs issued on the basis of each activity under Article 3, paragraphs 3 and 4. Yes Annually by 31 January for the previous calendar year
(f) The total quantity of ERUs, CERs, AAUs and RMUs transferred to other registries and the identity of the acquiring accounts and registries. Yes Annually by 31 January for the previous calendar year
(g) The total quantity of ERUs, CERs, AAUs and RMUs cancelled on the basis of activities under Article 3, paragraphs 3 and 4. Yes Annually by 31 January for the previous calendar year
(h) The total quantity of ERUs, CERs, AAUs and RMUs cancelled following determination by the Compliance Committee that the Party is not in compliance with its commitment under Article 3, paragraph 1. Yes Annually by 31 January for the previous calendar year
(i) The total quantity of other ERUs, CERs, AAUs and RMUs cancelled. Yes Annually by 31 January for the previous calendar year
(j) The total quantity of ERUs, CERs, AAUs and RMUs retired. Yes Annually by 31 January for the previous calendar year
(k) The total quantity of ERUs, CERs, and AAUs carried over from the previous commitment period. Yes Annually by 31 January for the previous calendar year
(l) Current holdings of ERUs, CERs, AAUs and RMUs in each account.

No, annually by 31 January for the beginning of the previous calendar year.

Refer to paragraph 47(a)

N/A

48. The information referred to in paragraph 44 shall include a list of legal entities authorised by the Party to hold ERUs, CERs, AAUs and/or RMUs under its responsibility. Yes Up to date

A8.3 Information on activities under Articles 3.3 and 3.4 of the Kyoto Protocol

Information on emissions and removals from activities under Article 3.3 will be reported in the 2010 inventory submission.

New Zealand has not elected any activities under Article 3.4.

A8.4 Information on activities under Article 3.14 of the Kyoto Protocol

Information on how New Zealand is meeting its obligations under Article 3.14 will be reported in the 2010 inventory submission.