Unredacted copy of Cabinet paper "A review of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme"

Simon Johnson made this Official Information request to Ministry for the Environment

The request was refused by Ministry for the Environment.

From: Simon Johnson

Dear Ministry for the Environment,

Today you have released a pdf document that consists of the Cabinet paper "A review of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme", a terms of reference and a Cabinet minute of decision.
The url address for the release is: https://environment.govt.nz/news/review-...

The documents have a number of redactions under section (9)(2)(f)(4) of the OIA.

I would like to receive a complete unredacted copy of the three reports.

Specifically these paragraphs and points and recommendations have been redacted.
125 part
recommendation 10
recommendation 12
recommendation 15
recommendation 16
fourth paragraph of terms of reference p 23
last paragraph of terms of reference p 24
first and third point terms of reference p 25
minute of decision second to last point p 27
minute of decision first, fifth and sixth points p 28

I am therefore requesting the redacted paragraphs and points in the form of an unredacted set of documents posted to the FYI website.
I confirm that I am a New Zealand citizen and that I am the same Simon Johnson resident in Wellington who has at times exchanged OIA emails with the Ministry's ministerial staff.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Johnson

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A formal acknowledgement of the Official Information Act request.

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Attachment OIAD 589 Response.pdf
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Kia ora Simon

Please find attached a response to your information request.

Ngā mihi

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The Ministry has refused the request under section 9(2)(f)(iv) of the Act. I have made a complaint to the Office of the Ombudsmen.

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Simon Johnson left an annotation ()

On 19 June 2023 this consultation on the ETS was announced.
It proposes these 4 options for the ETS
1) Decrease the amount of emissions units so that the carbon price rises
2) Increase demand for emissions units by Government or overseas purchase
3) Restrictions or conditions are placed on removal activities
4) Emitters will not be able to purchase NZUs from foresters.
These options must have been the redacted options I requested. As they are now public I have withdrawn my complaint to the Office of the Ombudsmen.

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Today (19 December) I received an email from the Ombudsmen saying the "complaint has now been transferred to the Investigation and Resolution team". I sent an email advising I was withdrawing the complaint.

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