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Bioenergy Association is committed to reducing its own carbon footprint and to avoid travel related emissions undertakes most meetings by video conferencing.

Bio Energy Association LogoThis website is a portal to all information on waste-to-energy and biogas in New Zealand and Australia and is managed by the Biogas Interest group of the Bioenergy Association.

The Bioenergy Association represents the New Zealand bioenergy industry and is the only bioenergy-specific member association in New Zealand.  We provide assistance and a wealth of bioenergy information to support members' business and promote their expertise and capabilities in the New Zealand and Australian bioenergy sectors.

Bioenergy Association membership is open to anyone with a commercial interest in bioenergy.  Our members include land and forestry owners, wood processors, feedstock suppliers, fuel and energy suppliers, equipment supplies, manufacturers, consultants, contractors, energy researchers, educators, regulators and investors.

The Association advocates to Government on bioenergy related policy, develops best practice Technical Guides for New Zealand and Australia, hosts workshops and webinars and assists potential investors in bioenergy based solutions to assess technologies, market opportunities and market risks.

Biogas Interest Group (BIG)

Bioenergy Association activities in the waste to energy and biogas area are lead by the Biogas Interest Group (BIG) which is working to ensure biogas becomes a sustainable alternative to natural gas and that the industry develops efficient, safe and socially and environmentally acceptable practices for all aspects of waste to energy.  Its members include anyone with a commercial interest in the development of waste to energy and biogas, including consultants and advisors, equipment suppliers and plant design engineers, facility owners and operators and researchers.

A major current project for the BIG is the revision of the New Zealand standard for farm scale biogas production to bring it up-to-date with more recent regulations and practices.  Within the Association wood energy activities are specifically managed by the Wood Energy Interest Group. The Liquid Biofuels Interest Group has responsibility for liquid biofuel activities.

BIG Update

The Biogas Interest Group (BIG) is currently revising and updating the Waste-to-Energy via Biogas Strategy which was developed in 2010.  

The revised Strategy will be based on scenarios for the next few years that were developed for the 2016 "Yes We Can!" Symposium.  These scenarios set out what GHG mitigation could be achieved by increased collection and processing of methane from waste water treatment plant and landfills.  Works has also been undertaken on the development of a new Plan of Action for the biogas sector and recommendations on policies and support which Government could provide which would make a difference to the speed of growth in the reduction of methane discharge.  The information is included in Information Sheet 31: GHG reduction using biogas technologies.

Contact the Executive Officer if you would be to be involved in development of the Waste-to-Energy via Biogas Strategy and are not on the Biogas Interest Group Committee list.

The revised Waste-to-Energy via Biogas Strategy will be included in the options being put to Government.

Become a member

Joining the Bioenergy Association is quick and easy. The sooner you join, the sooner you’ll begin to enjoy member benefits. Download a membership application form (includes fees) or contact the Executive Officer to discuss how you can benefit from membership.  As a member, you’ll have the opportunity to become a Bioenergy Association-Registered Biogas Advisor or to advertise in the Biogas Equipment Catalogue.

Members have access to the Association library of reports, conference proceedings and best practice Technical Guides. To access waste to energy and biogas published material access the members area on the Association website

Pacific waste-to-energy Working Group

Interested in waste-to-energy in the Pacific? If you are a consultant or from a Pacific Island country, a member of the Bioenergy Association,  and interested in shareing knowledge and experiences then the Working Group is a place for networking and sharing, while developing collective waste to energy activities. If you wish to join the Working Group or obtain further information contact