Web180315: New Zealand Biofuels Roadmap


Attendance at this webinar is FREE courtesy of EECA Business

Presented by Ian Suckling and supported by Ferran de  Miguel Mercader of Scion on 15 March 2018 at 1pm (NZDT)

Biofuels could be a significant part of the solution for reducing New Zealand’s GHG emissions, increasing our energy security, enhancing regional development, and maintaining access to international markets for our goods and services.

Scion’s recent Biofuels Roadmap study was undertaken to inform and stimulate debate on the large-scale production and use of liquid biofuels in New Zealand. Specifically, it sought to understand what a large-scale biofuels industry could look like here, for example: what crops should be grown and where; what conversion technologies should be used; and the key considerations and implications in developing such an industry.

Quantitative scenario modelling, coupled with qualitative analysis, was used to ‘look at the future’ and create scenarios of what large scale production and use of biofuels in New Zealand might look like out to 2050 to identify the lowest cost value chain(s) under these different scenarios.  An overview of the results of this study was presented at the webinar.

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About the speaker

Ian Suckling is Biofuels and Bioenergy Research Leader at Scion. He has a PhD in chemistry from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Ian is currently leading Scion’s research activities, which are focused principally on the conversion of wood and wood processing residues to liquid fuels by both biochemical and thermochemical routes.  Ian has an extensive background in wood and wood processing chemistry, focusing particularly in the pulp and paper and bioenergy and wood-based biorefinery areas.

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