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Vote Environment

MINISTER(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROPRIATIONS: Minister for Climate Change Issues (M12), Minister for the Environment (M29)

ADMINISTERING DEPARTMENT: Ministry for the Environment

MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: Minister for the Environment

Overview of the Vote

The Minister for the Environment and Minister for Climate Change Issues are responsible for appropriations in Vote Environment for the 2012/13 financial year covering the following impact areas:

Achieving better solutions to environmental problems:

  • a total of just over $4 million to manage environmental obligations and programmes
  • a total of just over $9 million for grants to third parties for domestic environmental management and education programmes, and contributions to international institutions.

Improving the quality, flow and availability of fresh water:

  • a total of nearly $6 million to provide advice and implement tools for water management
  • a total of around $34 million in funding and grants to third parties for water initiatives as part of the Fresh Start for Fresh Water programme.

Improving the resource management framework:

  • a total of around $15 million to provide advice and implement tools to improve resource management including management of the Exclusive Economic Zone.

Improving the relationship with Maori:

  • a total of nearly $2 million for the Ministry for the Environment to negotiate and implement fair, durable and fit for purpose deeds of settlement and environmental accords.

Reducing harm from natural, chemical and biological hazards and from waste:

  • a total of just over $6 million to provide advice and implement tools to mitigate environmental hazards and waste
  • a total of nearly $15 million for the implementation and operation of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 by the Environmental Protection Authority
  • a total of nearly $8 million for services provided by third parties for the investigation, management and remediation services relating to contaminated sites including the Rena Recovery
  • a total of nearly $41 million for waste minimisation initiatives and payments to territorial local authorities for their proportion of the Waste Disposal Levy as prescribed in the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.

Decrease NZ's net emissions of greenhouse gases:

  • a total of around $15 million over the period of two years for the development of a national carbon accounting system
  • a total of just over $8 million for policy advice in relation to the domestic and international climate change programmes and contributions to international programmes
  • a total of $570 million for the allocation of New Zealand emission units to the NZ economy and issue of New Zealand Assigned Amount Units to Permanent Forest Sink Initiative participants
  • a total of nearly $22 million for administration, implementation and operation of the Emissions Trading Scheme including the impairment of debt
  • a total of nearly $1.300 million for the purchase of Projects to Reduce Emissions (PRE) emission units by the Crown from the PRE portfolio.

Enabling the organisation:

  • a total of $675,000 for capital expenditure mainly for the development and purchase of new software
  • a total of nearly $3 million for Ministerial Servicing.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-6 for Vote Environment in the Information Supporting the Estimates of Appropriations.

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