Carbon Forestry 2024

Carbon Forestry is an industry-led event discussing the future of forestry and carbon markets. It covers new opportunities and policies in carbon planting, investment and the growing carbon offset markets
  • 20-21 August 2024, Rotorua, New Zealand

Carbon Forestry 2024

Event Details

In August 2023, over 330 industry leaders, corporate emitters and investors attended the event in Rotorua, New Zealand and virtually online. This annual event has become the place to meet and learn about what’s happening in this expanding investment class.

This event continues to grow in attendance especially when we look at how important forestry is in New Zealand’s response to climate change.

In 2023, the then Climate Change Minister, Hon James Shaw, reinforced the Government’s view that forestry and the ETS will continue to be vital components going forward. However, the decision to revisit the rules for forestry projects in the ETS created market uncertainty.

All eyes now look to how the new Government will respond.

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Key Topics Covered

  • What are the “dynamics” of New Zealand’s carbon forestry market?
  • Who are the key players in driving demand?
  • In what ways is the forestry industry increasing supply?
  • What is the upcoming hurdle, and how should the sector address it?
  • How will carbon forestry unfold in the long run?

Who will attend?

  • Forest Managers
  • Forest Investors
  • Farm, Iwi and Land Managers
  • Consulting Foresters
  • Iwi Groups and Organisations
  • Accountants and Investment Managers
  • Legal and Financial Professionals
  • Landowners and Farm Foresters
  • Large Carbon Emitters
  • Policymakers
  • University / Education and R&D Institutions

Event Speakers

Hon Simon Watts Profile Image

Hon Simon Watts

Minister of Climate Change, Parliament
Te Kapunga Dewes Profile Image

Te Kapunga Dewes

CEO, Interpine Innovation
Scott Pollard Profile Image

Scott Pollard

Head of Business Development, New Zealand Carbon Farming Group
David Hall Profile Image

David Hall

Climate Policy Director, Toha
United Kingdom
Kristen Green Profile Image

Kristen Green

Director, Kapiti Climate Insights
Jo Saleeba Profile Image

Jo Saleeba

Global Head of Sustainability & Impact, New Forests Asset Management
Christina Hood Profile Image

Christina Hood

Head , Compass Climate
Eva Murray Profile Image

Eva Murray

Principal Analyst, Climate Change Commission
Bryan McKinlay Profile Image

Bryan McKinlay

Chief Forestry Advisor, New Zealand Carbon Farming Group
Al Bramley Profile Image

Al Bramley

Chief Executive, Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP)
Sean Weaver Profile Image

Sean Weaver

CEO, Ekos


We continue to work closely with a wide range of industry experts, technology suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme. If you have any questions about the programme or are interested in speaking, please contact John Stulen at or (+64) 7 921 1382.
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Programme | Rotorua, New Zealand

Timezone: NZDT

Day One

Tuesday 20 August 2024
MPI Te Uru Rākau Pre-Conference Workshop - NZ ETS & Tupu-ake Operational Matters
Tess Keough, Manager Forestry ETS Operations, Te Uru Rākau - New Zealand Forest Service
Lunch and Networking for Conference Delegates

SESSION 1: Strategic Matters in Carbon Forestry & Government Policy

(Chair: Sean Weaver, Ekos Kamahi)
Conference Welcome and Introduction
John Stulen, Conference Director, Innovatek
Keynote Address: Carbon Forestry: Global Context and Considerations for the New Zealand Industry
Jo Saleeba, Global Head of Sustainability and Impact, New Forests Asset Management
New Zealand Carbon Farming - Challenges and Opportunities in Investing for Our Climate's Future
Scott Pollard, Head of Business Development, & Bryan McKinlay, Chief Forestry Advisor, New Zealand Carbon Farming Group
Update on current ETS Forestry Policy developments
Speaker to be confirmed, MPI
Q&A Panel Session - All Session 1 Speakers
Afternoon Tea, Coffee and Networking

SESSION 2: Government Policy Plans, NZ Emissions Trading Scheme & Secondary Markets

(Chair: Dan Williams, Partner, Anderson Lloyd)
Budgets, Targets and Forests
Barry Anderson, General Manager - Sector Analysis, Climate Change Commission
Expert Commentary & Panel Discussion: NZ ETS: Government Policy and the State of the Market
Christina Hood, Principal, Compass Climate & Eva Murray, Principal Analyst, Climate Change Commission & Nigel Brunel, Managing Director, Marex
Q&A Panel Session - All Session 2 Speakers
Minister's Address - Climate Change and Forestry
Hon Simon Watts, Minister of Climate Change
Networking, Canapès & Happy Hour on Exhibitors Stands @ Distinction Hotel

Day Two

Wednesday 21 August 2024

SESSION 3: NZ Emissions Trading Scheme Update and Industry Perspectives

(Chair: Elizabeth Heeg, Chief Executive, NZ Forest Owners Association)
Technology Developments enabling Terrestrial Carbon Measurement
Te Kapunga Dewes, CEO, Interpine Group
Moving from the Red Zone to the Blue Zone – Farming Case Studies: Adapting to a Changing Landscape
John Burke, Owner & Director, Pukekauri Farming
Do the Government and Climate Change Commission have different visions for the NZ ETS?
Kristin Green, Economist & Environmental Policy Consultant
Q&A Panel - All Session 3 Speakers
Morning Tea, Coffee & Networking

SESSION 4: Case Studies: Natural Carbon Solutions and The Role of Voluntary Carbon Markets

(Chair: John Stulen)
Native forest pest control => Carbon
Al Bramley, Chief Executive at Zero Invasive Predators
Opportunity in Crisis: How the ECX uses Radical Collaboration to Unlock Finance for Native Forest Carbon
David Hall, Climate Policy Director, Toha Foundry & Renee Raroa, Establishment Director, East Coast Exchange
Integrating Voluntary and Compliance Markets for a Common Climate Action Purpose
Sean Weaver, CEO, Ekos Kamahi
Q&A Panel Session - All Session 4 Speakers
Conference Concludes with Lunch and Networking

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

2023 was a tremendous success. We are now taking expressions of interest for sponsorship of the next Carbon Forestry event. Our events provide a fantastic opportunity for companies to maximise their exposure to the New Zealand carbon industry.

Innovatek has earned a well-deserved reputation over 25 years of providing both event sponsors and exhibitors with a unique independent platform for promoting their products and services to the industry in this region.

For further details about Carbon Forestry 2024, contact Gordon Thomson, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022,

Event Partners

Event Sponsors

Sponsor Logo - emsTradepoint New ZealandSponsor Logo - Anderson LloydSponsor Logo - Arotahi AgribusinessSponsor Logo - EKOSSponsor Logo - WIDE TrustSponsor Logo - JardenSponsor Logo - Climate Forestry AssociationSponsor Logo - New Zealand Carbon Farming (NZCF)

Event Organiser

Sponsor Logo - Innovatek


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Rotorua, New Zealand

Distinction Hotel Rotorua

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. Free car parking is available at the venue, however, spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Special accommodation rates available now.

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Early Bird | $895 + GST (Save $100)
Early Bird ends Friday 26 July 2024. Rates are per person
Group (3+) | $795 + GST (Save $200)
Rate is per person. Minimum of 3 delegates in group.
Virtual Event | $695
This is restricted to attendees from outside of New Zealand. No GST is charged for registrations outside of New Zealand. Access to live and on-demand event videos post-event. Rate is per person.

Registration Details

General Notes:

  • The Conference Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua, New Zealand conference and exhibitions.
  • Virtual Event registrations can be booked by delegates from outside of New Zealand. This will ensure that those unable to travel into either New Zealand to attend in person will be able to participate directly live online, or view the recorded presentations at a later date.
  • All prices exclude GST (15%). For virtual online registrations from outside New Zealand, GST does not apply.
  • For New Zealand transactions, including the virtual online event, a credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged.
  • The For special rates, registrations and payment must be received ON or BEFORE the listed date above. All special discounts require payment at the time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • For those attending in Rotorua, the event registration payment covers morning and afternoon teas, lunch, refreshments, BBQ Networking Evening, workshops, a conference handbook and post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • For Virtual Event registrations, your registration payment covers live access to all New Zealand conference presentations, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given) and recorded presentations, for a limited time and where speaker approval has been given.

COVID-19 related information:

  • The event organiser will work to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate, if intending to travel to attend the conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
  • If for any reason the venue is unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that might have been imposed by Government, the event organiser may need to either reschedule the event or move the event online. Your registration will automatically transfer to the new dates and/or format. In this situation, no refunds will be given. If the event is not moved online or able to be rescheduled within 12 months of the original date, you will be entitled to a credit or a full refund.

Cancellation policy:

For cancellations on or before Friday 19 July 2024, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.

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