Guide to Reporting for
Geothermal Fluid Activities under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme
This guide provides an overview of requirements under the NZ ETS for people who use geothermal fluid to generate electricity or industrial heat. It also provides further detail on data collection and emissions calculation procedures set out in Regulation.
As part of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS), stationary energy participants are required to monitor and report on their greenhouse gas emissions from 1 January 2010. The details of these reporting obligations are set out in the Climate Change (Stationary Energy and Industrial Processes) Regulations 2009 (SEIP regulations).1
Persons who use geothermal fluid, including geothermal steam or two-phase fluid, to generate electricity or industrial heat are required to participate in the NZ ETS. In most cases the participant is not the owner of the geothermal field.
Users of geothermal fluid may apply for a unique emissions factor (UEF) for the CO2 and CH4 emissions from the use of geothermal steam or geothermal fluid.