Report: A picture of bioenergy opportunities for NZ

Leading to the development of a New Zealand bioenergy strategy

This paper and the NZ Bioenergy Strategy build on the findings of the Bioenergy Options Project undertaken by Scion in 2009. This quantified the potential of biomass resources from the current forest harvest and other currently wasted residues, and the very considerable potential of extensive forest and energy-crop planting, to play a key role in this transition to a low carbon future and to meeting New Zealand’s future energy needs.

The Options Project indicated that the technical potential for production of transport fuels from wood could be around 70-100% by 2040.

The Strategy targets a more modest economic potential of 30% based on expected fossil fuel price projections.

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