Wshop200225: Evidence for delivering wood energy to New Zealand

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This workshop shared evidence from the wood energy sector with industry and government of why use of biomass energy is growing, identified those aspects which make projects successful, and identified barriers where new policies or assistance would assist to get quicker replacement of fossil fuels by industry and the community.  Those involved with the wood energy sector and process heat were invited to come share the latest evidence ‘face to face’ with policy makers and heat users.

Background reading

  • Te Uru Rakau is developing a forest strategy and is seeking contributions from sectors who can add value to our forests.
  • The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released a discussion document accelerating renewable energy and energy efficiency and is seeking input from the relevant sectors.
  • The Ministry for the Environment has published a technical report which sets out abatement costs curves which are important for biomass energy. The report, Marginal abatement cost curves analysis for New Zealand, assesses a range of abatement options for New Zealand across the economy. It provides an analysis of the technical potential of different options to provide an early indication of their scale and costs. It is important that you review this report and provide comment to MfE by 28 February.
  • Actions to reduce use of fossil fuels for process heat (Information Sheet 46)
  • GHG reduction using wood energy (Information Sheet 48)


  • A Forest Strategy to produce additional value for New Zealand
    Rebekah Heap and Aaron Thompson, Te Uru Rakau (Forestry New Zealand), MPI
  • Bioenergy and Marginal Abatement Cost Curves
    Matthew Smith, Ministry for the Environment
  • Accelerating use of renewable energy by industry
    Bertrand Ngai & Tal Yochay, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Greenhouse gas emission abatement costs – biomass energy
    Tim Walmsley, University of Waikato
  • Biomass fuel should never run out – it is a policy failure if adequate fuel is not available
    Brian Cox, Bioenergy Association
  • The current and potential national biomass resource
    Peter Hall, Scion
  • Applying the lessons from Wood Energy South
    Isabel Huther, Great South
  • The challenge for investors
    Tony Oosten, Fonterra
  • Wood fuel standards and certification
    Ben Crawford, Azwood Energy
  • Sourcing fuel from the agriculture sector
    Sam Lees, Canterbury Wood Chip Supplies
  • Sourcing fuel from plantation forestry
    Richard Ireland, Pioneer Energy Wood Fuel
  • Wood Pellets – the well-established and rapidly growing energy source
    Scott Fairbairn, Nature’s Flame
  • Value add opportunities in the wood processing sector
    Simon Knight, Niagara
  • The benefits of miscanthus as fuel
    Peter Brown, Miscanthus New Zealand
  • The untapped potential for residential and commercial scale heating
    Marcus Baker, Apricus NZ Eco Energy
  • The benefits of converting existing coal boilers to use biomass fuel
    Lloyd McGinty, Ahika Consulting
  • Success in transitioning from coal to biomass fuel through cofiring
    Trevor Gerken, Pioneer Energy
  • The need for NZ to adopt world best practice with air emission regulations
    Brian Anderson, Bryn Martin Ltd
  • The breadth of proven technology available for every application
    Christian Jirkowsky, Polytechnik Biomass Energy
  • Nett CO2 benefits of wood fuels within a sustainable bioeconomy
    Barbara Nebel, ThinkStep

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