Information Sheet 49: Bioenergy and biofuels contribution to GHG emissions reduction and economic wellbeing

Bioenergy, biofuels and residual waste streams could provide the just transition from dependence on fossil fuels

Processing biomass and waste can build economic growth, employment and sustainability utlising New Zealand's capability and expertise in waste management, forestry, farming, wood processing and horticulture. Bioenergy and associated bio-based materials production from biomass and waste residues can lead 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 with 2017]

To achieve a low carbon NZ economy by 2050 we need a paradigm shift in both thinking and action!

  • Processing biomass and residual organic waste generates revenue to offset operating costs and create a commercial return on investment for energy and non energy products
  • Utilises municipal and organic waste to offset municipal treatment and landfill costs.
  • Replaces fossil fuel use for electricity, heat and transport
  • Generates heat for industry, processing / manufacture, civic and commercial applications
  • Generates new bio-based products from processing outputs and the extraction of biochemicals
  • Underpins the sustainable transition of our land use in forestry, farming and agriculture
  • Underpins the economic resilience of communities and regions
  • Captures and reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • Helps meet the increasing global market demand for sustainably sourced product through circular economy principles.

The Bioenergy Association is very keen to assist Government and its consultants develop just such an  implementation strategy.

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