Carbon credits and native planting

Did you know your native planting efforts could generate revenue?

Did you know your native planting can generate revenue?

The New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS) offers native forest owners the opportunity to generate revenue through carbon credits. The carbon credits generated can then be traded for New Zealand Dollars and offset your planting cost.

If you are considering planting a large area:

  1. Get in touch with us for a free site visit
  2. We’ll put together a planting plan for you
  3. We’ll then put you in touch with GreenXperts who can use your planting plan to advise you on future eligibility and revenue returns which can offset, and even zero out the initial planting cost


If you’ve got an existing forest talk to our industry colleagues, GreenXperts who can advise you on eligibility, put together your NZETS application for you, and assist you with carbon credit trading. There are a few eligibility requirements that your forest must meet to earn credits, such as forest size, age, and average width. In order to receive units, periodic Mandatory Emissions Returns (MER) must be submitted. The next MER period will be 2023-2025. Successful applications must be made by the end of 2025 to claim units in 2026.


Our industry colleagues GreenXperts have provided the following FAQs

If you have any other questions please get in touch with us or the team at GreenXperts.

Carbon credits are a tradable unit that people can earn through their forests being in the New Zealand Emissions Trading scheme (NZETS). NZETS carbon credits can be traded for New Zealand Dollars. One carbon credit is equal to one tonne of Carbon Dioxide absorbed by your forest. In order to receive units, periodic Mandatory Emissions Returns (MER) must be submitted. The most recent period was 2018-2022, applications to join by end 2022, units claimed in 2023. The next MER period will be 2023-2025, join by end 2025, claim units 2026. You can also complete Voluntary Emissions Returns (VER) each year to claim units for that year.

  • Be at least one hectare in area.
  • Be first established on land that was non-forest land after Dec 31st, 1989.
  • Be a species that can reach at least 5 metres in height when mature in that location.
  • Have (or be expected to reach) canopy cover of more than 30% in each hectare.
  • Be at least (or expected to reach) 30 metres across on average.

If you have a forest that is not yet mature, you can still register it so long as it is likely to meet the above criteria.

  • Your New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme Application.
  • Your carbon credit holding account set up.
  • Your Mandatory and Voluntary Emissions Returns.
  • Carbon credit yield modeling.
  • Carbon credit trading through our sister company Carbon Equities (we help find you buyers).
  • Carbon credit advice.
  • Carbon farming and forest care.
  • Forest first established before 1st January 1990 (vintage forest/bush)
  • Gorse
  • Tree stands smaller than 1 ha
  • Shelter belts
  • Fruit and Nut trees/forest
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