Information on when and how to submit an emissions return.
If you are a participant in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), you must collect and record information on your activities (either your emissions or on the carbon your activities remove from the atmosphere), and provide it to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
This is done by submitting an Annual Emissions Return online via the New Zealand Emissions Trading Register (the Register), and is known as 'Emissions Reporting'. An emissions return contains the data about the emissions produced by your activity for the previous calendar year.
You can watch our YouTube video on how to complete an Annual Emissions Return in the Register.
|1 January - 31 December||Collect and record emissions information for your activity for the calendar year|
|1 January- 31 March (of the following year)||The deadline to submit your emissions return is the 31st of March each year|
Example: You have until 31 March 2018 to submit your emissions return for the 2017 calendar year.
If you are unable to submit your emissions return by the deadline, you can apply to the EPA for an extension of no more than 20 working days. You need to apply before the due date of 31 March. Any extension granted relates to submitting your emissions return only.
It is a legal requirement to keep information about the emissions or removals from your activities (and any units you have surrendered) for at least seven years from the end of the calendar year to which they relate. This is so that any data you submit can be verified by the EPA, if required.
Examples of the types of records you should keep:
|Examples of the types of records you should keep|
|Type of information||Examples|
|Information on any greenhouse gas-producing (or greenhouse gas-removing) activities you carried out ||
|Any emissions and/or removals that resulted from your activities||
|Any other required information, as per the Climate Change Regulations||
|Note that the EPA may request any of the above information from you at any time where it is required to support the data you have supplied in your emissions return.|