Wshop181025: Bioenergy and net-zero emissions - What next?

The Bioenergy Association Board held a 'Bioenergy and net zero emissions - What's next?' workshop on 25 October 2018 in the Crowe Horwath meeting room, Wellington

Objective of workshop

The invitation only workshop brought the senior bioenergy sector leaders together with relevant government officials to share under Chatham House rules critical thinking that will assist government officials developing policy to take to ministers, and assist the bioenergy and biofuels sector leaders to develop a sector plan aimed at achieving the identified 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. 

The workshop was structured around the three primary areas identified by the Productivity Commission – low carbon heavy transport biofuels; process heat from woody biomass and reduction of methane emissions via utilisation of waste to energy.


In 2016 Bioenergy Association set out to show that “Yes we can!” - achieve significant greenhouse gas emission reductions to meet the Paris targets.  Since then the association has quantified the level of emissions reduction achievable from implementation of bioenergy solutions, and identified what will be necessary to speed up those reductions.

The adoption of the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS); the review of the Waste Strategy; the implementation of a programme to plant 1 million trees; the possible inclusion of agriculture into the ETS; concern about discharges to air and waterways; the introduction of a zero net carbon Bill; the establishment of the Climate Commission; and the publication of the report by the Productivity Commission on the pathways to achievement of a low-emissions economy, each provide strong drivers for utilisation of bioenergy solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The workshop confirmed that to achieve the maximum level of greenhouse gas emissions will require business and Government, central and local, to work closely together on priority initiatives. The bioenergy value chain has a number of participants and coordination and collaboration will be essential in order to overcome market barriers.

Workshop documents and links to related resources

Information sheets



Details of the GHG reduction opportunities were outlined in the webinar presented the previous evening.