New Zealand opportunities, polices and programmes


New Zealand’s thriving bioenergy and biofuels sector, like many Kiwi industries, has been driven by innovation – developing and adapting equipment and processes to suit local conditions and deliver maximum benefit from our biomass and residual organic waste resources to their businesses and those of their customers. 

From fuel and energy suppliers, to equipment suppliers, manufacturers, consultants, contractors and skilled energy researchers, the New Zealand bioenergy and biofuels expertise is among the best in the world – and now the world wants our expertise, as demand grows for sustainable and cost-effective alternatives to fossil fuels.

Our bioenergy experts are collaborating with each other and with the international sector to deliver world-class solutions to customers both in New Zealand, Australia and overseas. Bioenergy Association members are based in the New Zealand and Australian markets and leverage this into other countries, in particular South East Asia.

New Zealand is well advanced in terms of the use of wood harvesting and processing residues for the production of heat; the processing of solid and liquid municipal and trade waste to make biogas for electricity generation, heat and use as a vehicle fuel; the production of ethanol from whey and biodiesel from used cooking oil and tallow.

For an overview of the New Zealand bioenergy sector click here.

The energy potential

Currently there is 43PJ of consumer energy produced from biomass and waste and the association has estimated that by 2050 this could have been increased to 150PJ. This is based on existing biomass and organic waste availability and sources not yet developed as being market ready.


The link below contact briefings received by incoming ministers (BIMs) following the formation of the new Government in November 2017. Briefings relevant to bioenergy are those grouped under Infrastructure and Environment.