Industrial allocations

Allocations of New Zealand Units are given to businesses carrying out certain activities. Find out who's eligible and how to apply.

An industrial allocation is an allocation of units given to a business carrying out an activity which is impacted by the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme​ (ETS).

The purpose of industrial allocations is to mitigate this impact and ensure that no part of the economy is unfairly affected.

Businesses in this category are termed "Emissions intensive and trade exposed". This means that they need a lot of power to support their production, which may cost more because of the ETS.

However, they are not able to pass on this increased cost to their customers. This is due to the level of competition in the market from other businesses who may not face the same costs, including overseas suppliers.


Find out if you're eligible to receive an industrial allocation.

How to apply

Information on how to apply for industrial allocations, application types, important dates and record keeping requirements.

Allocation decisions

Each year we decide on the number of New Zealand Units (NZUs) allocated to eligible industry applicants.