Bioenergy Association regularly makes submissions on issues affecting bioenergy and energy in general in New Zealand. Use the links below to access generic bioenergy or energy submissions.  Special topic submissions can be found on the topic websites Biogas, Liquid biofuels and Bioproducts and Wood energy.

  • Managing exotic forestry incentives (April 2022) - Work by the Bioenergy Association has shown that with supportive programmes to incentivise plantation forest owners and farmers to optimise the integration of farm forestry (shelterbelts, erosion control, woodlots, managed riparian plantings etc) that there can be adequate quantities of biomass available to replace fossil fuels for energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  More here
  • Te Ara Paerangi: Future Pathways Green Paper (March 2022) - Te Ara Paerangi Future Pathways Green Paper focused on the future of New Zealand’s research system. The consultation sought to start an open and wide-ranging conversation on a range of issues facing the future of New Zealand’s research system. More here.
  • Emissions Reduction Plan (August 2021) - The Emissions Reduction Plan sets out the policies and strategies Aotearoa New Zealand will take to meets its first emissions budget, helping to transition to a low-emissions future in a way that is achievable and affordable. More here
  • Call for evidence: Options available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the period 2022 to 2035 (November 2019) - from 19 September to 15 November 2019, the Interim Climate Change Committee opened a Call for evidence on options available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the period 2022 to 2035. The Committee received 77 responses from a wide range of organisations and individuals and the responsibility of considering this data transferred to the Commission in December 2019. More here
  • Action on agriculture emissions (August 2019) - The Bioenergy Association supports in principle the proposals to bring agriculture into the ETS as if done wisely there are a number of mitigation initiatives which farmers can undertake to offset any liabilities. More here
  • Climate change response (zero carbon) amendment bill (July 2019)- The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill (“ZCB”) is a great start towards assisting the citizens of New Zealand to start reducing greenhouse gas emissions. New Zealand has many bioenergy and biofuels related methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions which use proven technologies and can be implemented immediately. More here
  • Submission from the Bioenergy Association - Response to draft Low-emissions economy report (June 2018) - This submission is complementary to the individual submissions from members which provide more detail on specific aspects of the draft report. Read full document
  • Consultation - low emissions economy inquiry (October 2017), Productivity Commission submission (October 2017). More here
  • Proposed revised Rotorua Air Quality Control Bylaw (June 2017) - The Bioenergy Association supports retaining the current Rotorua Lakes District bylaw with some amendment. The Bioenergy Association takes seriously the necessity to reduce emissions to air and supports the adoption of controllable renewable energy based heating that allows achievement of high quality air emission standards. More here
  • Oral submission in support of ratification of Paris Climate Change Agreement Sept 2016) - The Bioenergy Association supports the ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and believes that the targets proposed by the Government are achievable without resort to the purchase of the international emission trading units, provided that there is a decisive programme of complementary measures led by Government. More here
  • NZ ETS Review 2015/2016 consultation (Feb 2016) - The Bioenergy Association is concerned that Govt is focusing only on the ETS and is not addressing all the opportunities available to reduce GHGs. The ETS is only one of the tools available and Bioenergy Association members would like to see Govt step back and develop a Plan of Action for Achieving GHG Emission Reduction Targets.  More here
  • Oral submission - Canterbury Air Regional Plan Hearing (Oct 2015) - The Bioenergy Association supports the adoption of science based policy and takes seriously the necessity to reduce emissions to air. It is concerned, however, that much of the policy developed by the Canterbury Regional Council with regard to emissions to air has been draconian and simplistic rather than addressing the issue in a more pragmatic manner. More here
  • Submission - Setting New Zealand's post-2020 climate change target (June 2015) - to achieve the targets the Bioenergy Association strongly encourages the Government to produce a roadmap setting out the initiatives which will be used to achieve the respective targets. The Association would be pleased to contribute to the development of the roadmap. More here
  • Submission to Government on its Climate Change Target discussion paper (May 2015) - the Minister for Climate Change Issues, Hon Tim Groser, has announced public consultation on New Zealand's post-2020 international climate change target under the United nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Read the media release.
  • Process heat in New Zealand: Opportunities and barrier to lowering emissions (February 2019) - The Bioenergy Association welcomes the work being undertaken by MBIE and EECA with regard to process heat. The Association agrees that process heat is an area where transition from use of coal and natural gas can provide significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2050. More here

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