Mission and vision
The Bioenergy Association vision is: Economic growth and employment built on New Zealand’s capability and expertise in forestry, wood processing and bioenergy production from waste - leading to new business opportunities which by 2050 could more than double biomass energy supply up to 27% of the country’s energy needs, with a consequential 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions*. [* compared to 2017]
- To support its members to build successful businesses based on bioenergy and biofuels
- To encourage the use of New Zealand's abundant biomass resources and provide renewable energy in the form of heat, electricity and transport fuels, sustainably and cost-effectively
- To promote the environmental benefits of bioenergy, including greenhouse gas mitigation and waste avoidance, to the wider community
- To facilitate implementation of commercial bioenergy projects that contribute to business resilience and regional economic benefits.
The Bioenergy Association has led the sector development of a strategy to achieve the vision. The Bioenergy Strategy sets out a pathway across the biogas, wood energy and liquid biofuels sectors leading to the achievement of economic growth, employment and environmental outcomes, including greenhouse gas mitigation.
Achievement of the strategy would result in establishment of a $6billion sector.
Greenhouse gas emissions reduction
The Government’s 50:50 proposal1 aims to reduce net CO2e emissions by 31 million tonnes annually by 2050. It is estimated that the New Zealand Bioenergy Strategy could deliver by 2040 biofuels which could provide nearly 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions needed. Transport using biofuels would provide most of the estimated CO2e savings at just under 11 million tonnes per year or 35% of the total required.
Link to the Government's Business Growth Agenda
The Bioenergy Strategy is firmly linked to the Government's Business Growth Agenda.