No country has previously attempted to include either agriculture or forestry in an emissions trading system. The New Zealand government is planning to include both.
This paper describes how they plan to do it, what some of the critical issues have been and some of the outstanding challenges. If New Zealand can resolve these issues and so can create a strong system, this could create a precedent for many others. Policy development is actively progressing as this paper is written. This paper does not definitively cover the issues but records our thinking at a moment in time and provides a framework for more in-depth analysis.
CitationKerr, Suzi and Andrew Sweet. 2008. "Inclusion of agriculture and forestry in an emissions trading system: New Zealand’s experience to date," Motu Working Paper 08-04, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.