Guide to Reporting for Natural Gas Activities under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme
This guide provides an overview of requirements under the NZ ETS for people who mine natural gas, import more than 10,000 litres of natural gas in a year, or have opted into the NZ ETS for their natural gas purchases. 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 and industrial process 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
Importers of more than 10,000 litres of natural gas in a year, and all miners of natural gas other than for export, are mandatory participants in the NZ ETS.
A purchaser of natural gas is able to opt in as a voluntary participant if they buy at least two petajoules of natural gas in a year directly from one or more gas mining participants.
Gas purchasers may apply for a unique emissions factor (UEF) for the N2O and CH4 emissions from use of the gas in particular combustion equipment. There are no other UEF options for natural gas.
1. The Climate Change Response Act 2002 and related regulations are available at www.legislation.govt.nz. Definitions of natural gas are outlined in the Climate Change Response Act 2002. Classes of gas are outlined in the SEIP Regulations.