Carbon neutral bioenergy
It is now well accepted that within the New Zealand context that biomass used for energy production can be carbon neutral as it is used close to its source.
An article recently released by Azwood Energy sets out why biomass used for energy is carbon neutral. https://www.bioenergy.org.nz/documents/memberresource/Azwood-Carbon-Neutral-Biomass.pdf
The Bioenergy Association discussion on carbon neutrality is shown on here www.bioenergy.org.nz/documents/admin/WBA18-Carbon-Neutrality_180707.pdf
Also see 'The carbon neutrality of biomass from forests' document here www.bioenergy.org.nz/resource/wba-factsheet-carbon-neutrality
NZ Institute of Forestry Foundation Awards
The NZIF Foundation has announced education and research awards totalling $41,000. Applications cam e from a wide range of institutions and forestry interests, with research projects in plantation forest management, harvesting and trade, social issues, indigenous forests and urban forests.
RFP - Auckland Wide Food Scraps Processing Services
Auckland Council is seeking potential suppliers to provide urban areas of the Auckland region with Food Scraps Processing Services as part of meeting the objectives of the recently adopted Auckland Council Waste Management Minimisation Plan 2018.
In March 2018, the Papakura Local Board area (urban) was the first Auckland area to receive a kerbside food scraps collection service, covering approximately 18,000 of the 491,000 eligible households to receive the service. Confirmation of the kerbside food scraps collection service for the whole of urban Auckland and its roll-out delivery model is currently underway.
Implementation of a kerbside food scraps collection service will be funded through an Auckland Council targeted rate as agreed in the Auckland Council 10 Year Budget 2018-2028. The proposed food scraps kerbside collection service is the last of a suite of options to beneficially reuse and recover food scraps.
Auckland Council is seeking expressions of interest from suppliers who can demonstrate a long-term approach to organics diversion for landfill including through energy production.
Response and clarifications are due Wednesday 8 August 2018 at 3pm. Information is available from https://www.gets.govt.nz/AC/ExternalTenderDetails.htm?id=19894199
Government energy policy - How sawdust is worth $500,000
Timber mill uses wood waste to flip $1m loss into $500,000 profit.
A Rotorua-based timber "super mill" is generating its own electricity in amounts sufficient to power a town the size of Whakatane.
The Red Stag Timber Company, The Red Stag Timber Company, which annually processes more than one million tonnes of logs at its Waipa mill, is using its waste wood as renewable fuel rather than trucking it to landfill and paying for its disposal - avoiding an annual power bill of up to $1 million in the process.
Read more here
Consultant sought for the installation of biogas digester units in Tuvalu
The Pacific Community Pacific Technical and Vocational Education and Training (PacTVET) Project and the Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (ACSE) project: Sustainable community-based biogas schemes for domestic energy and improved livelihoods (Tuvalu) is seeking proposals for the provision of consultancy services to oversee the biogas system installations at Motufoua Secondary School in Tuvalu and train the students and staff on the use and maintenance of the biogas digester systems.
Information available from Amelia Siga (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Van Wyk Flowers Biomass Energy Plant - video
A video of the new Polytechnik Biomass Energy 2.95MW waste to energy biomass plant at Van Wyk Flowers in Victoria has been produced showing construction and operation.