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Issue 108 – December 2018
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the staff at Bioenergy Association
With bioenergy and biogas now being included in many Christmas wish lists you should take a good summer break and be ready for increased bioenergy sector action throughout our communities in the coming year!

Welcome members and friends

We end the year on a very high note. The use of biomass and waste to produce energy has come of age over the last year and the astute people are gearing up their business in readiness for growth. 

The announcement by Natures Flame that they are expanding pellet production capacity and the collaboration of Azwood Energy and Fonterra to convert the Brightwater milk processing plant from coal to biomass fuel are just some of the more public transitions which are occurring. Below the surface a number of heat plant owners are also making the change. This is based on a growing confidence that there will be enough biomass available as fuel when demand requires it.

We have always known that demand will drive supply and that is proving correct. The accredited wood fuel suppliers have developed quality assurance and are responding to demand.  Demand is also occurring in areas such as Auckland and that will encourage suppliers to expand into those areas.

The Government's forest planting programmes cements the confidence of biomass fuel supply into the future.

Policy work on how a low carbon emissions economy can evolve is more and more including biomass energy and biogas from waste in its scenarios. This is underpinned by the reality that not only do we have the resource but we have proven technology, with no need for research. 

In the New Year the Association will publish what we believe can be achieved to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In the meantime, have a good rest over the summer break and prepare for a lot more bioenergy and biofuels activity next year.

Brian Cox
Executive Officer

Bioenergy NZ, Australia & the Pacific

Norske Skog will increase the capacity of wood pellets production in New Zealand
December 2018

The Norske Skog group has decided to invest about AUD 7 million to upgrade the Nature’s Flame wood pellets facility in New Zealand to more than double its annual production capacity to 85,000 tonnes. The increased production capacity will be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2019. The approval of the 85,000 tonne capacity upgrade is also a building block for potential further expansion of Norske Skog’s pellet operations in New Zealand.

Mr. Eric Luck, Regional President Norske Skog Australasia, comments: “The investment supports Norske Skog Australasia’s ongoing strategy to “Build Our Future from Fibre and Energy”. The additional production capacity is aimed at producing premium industrial grade pellet fuels for both the domestic New Zealand commercial and industrial market, as well as for the rapidly growing Japanese and Korean green energy generation markets.”

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NZ Govt announces $100m green investment fund
December 2018

The government's $100 million Green Investment Finance fund will concentrate its efforts on decarbonisation investments outside renewable energy, Green Party co-leader James Shaw says.
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Changes to the NZ ETS announced

The Ministry for the Environment has announced changes to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

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The Government expects to introduce legislation in late 2019 to implement these changes, following decisions on the second tranche of changes. 
Details about the content of the changes are available on the MfE website here

Proposed changes for forestry are on the
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Renewable electricity supply constraints
Article by Azwood Energy, December 2018

While no figures have been put against 100% renewable electricity generation in New Zealand, educated guesses are leaning towards astronomical costs or simple unattainability. While increasing renewable electricity generation is vital for New Zealand’s emissions targets, resourceful, smart decisions need to be made.

Azwood Energy questions why Government would incentivise electrifying large proportions of process heat – putting pressure on the national grid – when a renewable, low-emission and local energy supply can be mapped out 30 years in advance. 

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Fonterra converts Brightwater boiler to co-fire coal and biomass fuel

Fonterra ahead of schedule on emissions reduction 
Auckland, December 2018 

Fonterra says its emission reduction efforts are running about a year ahead of schedule. The firm, which has pledged to get its 2030 emissions 30% below those in 2015, and to have net zero emissions by 2050, recently opened a co-fired boiler conversion at its Brightwater plant south of Nelson. The $1.75 million project would reduce the site’s coal use by about 30% and its carbon dioxide emissions by about 2400 tonnes, or the equivalent of 530 cars coming off the road. 

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Fonterra cuts plant's coal use
Article by Nelson Mail, Nelson, November 2018 

Fonterra only had to look over the fence in finding a solution to reducing its carbon footprint at its Brightwater milk processing plant.  The plant, which produces whole milk powder, has starting burning a blend of coal and wood biomass, using its 32-year-old 7.2-megawatt Maxitherm boiler.
The site's newly converted boiler was officially launched by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods.  The conversion aims to slash the amount of coal used and cuts carbon emissions at the site by around 2400 tonnes a year roughly the same as taking 530 cars off the road.

"We'll take what we've learnt here and apply it across the country', says Alan van der Nagel, Fonterra director of New Zealand manufacturing.

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Other Brightwater co-firing news 
November, 2018

Azwood Energy talks about converting the plant from coal to biomass fuel and providing fuel from the region's large volumes of harvest residues.

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25 Year deal for Veolia to operate 40MW waste to energy plant in Perth, Australia 

A new 40 MW waste to energy plant in Kwinana, near Perth, is to feature Keppel Seghers technology and be operated and maintained by Veolia Australia & New Zealand.
According to Veolia, once complete the facility will process around 400,000 tonnes of waste per year and will generate an estimated 800 jobs during the construction phase, with a further 34 permanent operational positions once commissioned.

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Bioenergy in Australia - State of the Nation
A report on Australia's bioenergy performance, commissioned by Bioenergy Australia and prepared by KPMG, November 2018

Bioenergy presents a considerable opportunity for Australia to embrace. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation estimate a potential investment opportunity of between $3.5 billion and $5 billion in energy from urbane waste, agricultural waste and forest residues.  With respect to biofuels, increased use of 10 per cent ethanol-blended petrol (E10) in Australia could create more than 8600 jobs and attract $1.56 billion in investment and generate more than $1.1 billion in additional revenue in regional areas.

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Loans for schools, hospitals and councils 

Crown loans are a low cost, interest free way to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for publicly funded organisations such as schools, local councils, universities and polytechnics, government departments and hospitals.
The money saved on energy bills pays for the loan within five years, after which it becomes a continuous saving for the organisation. It's a win-win situation.

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Renew Energy boss briefs councillors on proposed Westport waste to energy plant
The News-Westport, November 2018

Renew Energy has long term contracts signed for 75 percent of the 330,000 tonnes of waste it needs a year for its waste to energy (WtE) plant in Westport, says its chief executive. [Subsequently he has advised that he said that If the 330,000 tonnes the plant planned to process a year was diverted from landfill, the energy from waste plant would generate the equivalent of 60,000 tonnes of CO2 a saving of 300,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent p.a.

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Recent transport biofuel activities

Factoring in the environmental component when starting up projects
IPL at Bioenergy Australia Conference 2018

In October, IPL attended the Bioenergy Conference in Australia.  Attendees at the conference noted how to factor in the environmental component when starting up projects. A few interesting facts:

  • Currently all LAX flights are flying on a 30:70 blend of synthetic to refined jet fuel
  • An expected growth from 2.5% to 25% by 2050 in the use of biotreater type waste to produce electricity for the grid
  • E-buses are in high demand to reduce particulate contamination in countries such as London, France and Germany
  • Transport fleet such as Scania are modifying their offering to take advantage of Biodiesel, HVO, Ethanol – ED95, Biogas, CNG, Hybrids and Electrics.

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IPL invited to take part in South East Pacific Aviation focus group
John Morris Aviation Conference

As one of the renowned laboratories providing Aviation Fuel testing in the South East Pacific, IPL were invited to take part in this first Aviation focus group, which included specialists from the whole network.
Throughout the conference, it was highlighted how important the role of testing plays in the Aviation Fuel life cycle.  Testing establishes whether the Aviation Fuel meets the specifications and if it is fit for purpose, therefore highlighting any potential risks inherent in getting a plant from A to B.

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Forthcoming Events
Growing renewable fuels in regional Queensland "Project development & opportunities in the North"
5-8pm, 11 December 2018, Jubilee Community Centre, Mackay, Australia

As a part of Queensland Renewable Fuels Association's (QRFA) paddock to parliament engagement across regional Queensland, Mackay Regional Council & QRFA invite you to attend: 'Growing Renewable Fuels in Regional Qld - Project Development and Opportunities in the North'.  Key industry leaders are expected to speak at this event, highlighting the importance of enabling biofuel policy, current and emerging renewable fuel technologies, role of biofuels regionally, co/bi-product opportunities, Qld Government updates on project developments, and QRFA's role with building strong supply chain engagement.

Register here:
For any enquiries please email:

FREE WEBINAR: Biomass production in sustainably managed landscapes
13 December 2018, 16.00 Central European Time / 14.00 Greenwich Mean Time / 10.00 Eastern Standard Time

IEA Bioenergy invite you to participate in a FREE international webinar entitled, "Biomass production in sustainably managed landscapes" presented by Oskar Englund and Uffe Jergensen.
Enabling bioenergy to play a key role in transforming the energy system will require a strong increase in the supply of biomass feedstock compared to today. This webinar will show how the integration of new biomass production systems into agriculture landscapes can provide bioenergy feedstock while simultaneously reducing current land use impacts.

Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference & Study Tour 2019
Sunday 20 - Saturday 26 October 2019, Melbourne, Australia

ANZBC19 invite you to attend their Conference and Study Tour 2019.  The theme for the third Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference (ANZBC19) is "mainstreaming biochar".  ANZBC state that with the science in on the benefits of adding biochar to soil, animal feed, water filtration, building and road materials from various feedstocks for carbon sequestration value, it's time to see the commercialisation of biochar in Australia and New Zealand.  They anticipate anticipate this will be their best event ever attracting 100+ large scale end users of biochar and another 200+ delegates for the conference

Study Tour dates: Sunday 20 Oct – Tuesday 22 Oct 2019
More details here  

Conference dates: Thursday October 24 – 26 2019
Two days at RMIT University Melbourne City Campus and a field day on the Saturday to visit their biosolids processing unit at a water corporation in Packenham. 

More details here 


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International Bioenergy News

IEA Bioenergy Task 39 (Liquid Biofuels)
latest IEA Bioenergy Task 39 newsletter

This issue features two articles on 'Biofuels production and consumption in Canada, advances and challenges'  and 'British Columbia's low-carbon fuels program', a summary of Task 39's significant achievements in 2016-18 triennium and recent reports and news articles of interest to biofuels stakeholders.

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British Columbia boosts biofuel production through CleanBC climate plan

In Canada, the Government of British Columbia released its CleanBC climate plan, which charts a path to 19 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2030—an ambitious yet achievable set of measures that put low-carbon biofuels at the forefront of the Province’s climate efforts.
Highlights from the CleanBC plan include:

  • Strengthening the low carbon fuel standard to a 20% reduction in fuel carbon intensity by 2030
  • Supporting ramp up of new renewable fuel production to 650 million liters by 2030
  • Zero-Emission Vehicles to make up 10% of new light duty vehicle sales in 2025, 30% in 2030, and 100% in 2040
  • 15% minimum renewable content in industrial natural gas consumption, and cleaner industrial operations through electrification, CO2 storage, and direct air capture
  • Improved energy efficiency in buildings
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Shell Aviation and SkyNRG begin supply biojet fuel at San Francisco airport
In the Netherlands, Shell Aviation and SkyNRG have commenced the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to international airlines KLM, SAS and Finnair at San Francisco Airport (SFO). The fuel is produced by World Energy. The initial phase of the arrangement aims to pave the way for longer term, more resilient supply chains for sustainable aviation fuels and reduce the carbon emissions of flights from SFO and other airports.

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Steps to using bioLNG for decarbonised heavy transport
BioLNG EuroNet has announced a commitment to the further expansion of LNG (liquefied natural gas) as a road transport fuel across Europe with new infrastructure that should ensure the long-term success and mass scale adoption in Europe. The BioLNG facility will produce 3000 MT/year of BioLNG and will use biogas produced from organic waste. This will be sold to end-users via the LNG network. “Unlocking BioLNG will enable LNG as the future energy source for the large transport sector,” said Jerom van Roosmalen, founding partner at Nordsol.

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GoodFuels launches zero-emission heavy fuel oil.  Ultra-low sulphur marine biofuels step forward
GoodFuels Marine and the shipping company NORDEN have completed successful trials of what they bill as “the world’s first zero emission, ‘drop in’ Heavy Fuel Oil equivalent marine biofuel”, and in almost entirely reducing all carbon and sulphur emissions.

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Researchers find key to producing biofuel from wood in the gut of curious wood-eating crustacean
In the UK, scientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to sustainably converting wood into biofuel. Gribble are small marine invertebrates that have evolved to perform an important ecological role eating the abundant supplies of wood washed into the sea from river estuaries.

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Bioenergy Knowledge Centre
Resources in the Bioenergy Knowledge Centre can be accessed free by members and by purchase by non members at
Not a member? - Then give us a call on 0274 771 048 or email us at to discuss your needs.  
View the latest resources added to the Bioenergy Knowledge Centre below.

New report investigates the opportunities for green gas in NZ
Gas infrastructure futures in a net zero New Zealand

A report prepared by Vivid Economics evaluates low carbon options for New Zealand around the use of gas infrastructure.  One of the scenarios is based on green gas which in this study includes hydrogen and biogas.  The report raises a number of aspects which are recommended for additional investigation.

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Safe storage of wood pellet and wood chip fuel
Research report by Health and Safety Executive

Research was undertaken to:  obtain information on how wood pellets and wood chips are stored before use; to ascertain how the build-up of carbon monoxide in storage is controlled; to find out what health and safety information suppliers and users have with regard to the storage and use of wood pellets/chip; to obtain data with regard to the levels of carbon monoxide and other relevant gases in wood pellet/chip storage areas; and, to produce a report that includes an initial view on best control practices and procedures for use within the industry.

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Options for high percentage biomass cofiring in new power plants
IEA Bioenergy Task 32: Biomass Combustion and Cofiring

This report summarises the presentations of a Task 32 workshop, which was held in Hamburg in June 2009.  The workshop was on increased co-firing percentages for both existing and new plants, with a specific emphasis on next generation co-firing systems.  In the workshop technology developments in relation to next generation co-firing were made indicating the most promising technical concepts.
The presentations include key experiences and figures, and discussed experienced and expected performances.

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Improved promotion opportunities for Members
Reminder - work with us to promote your business

Contribute to growing the sector and setting best practice standards
The Association is a collective of people who believe that by working as a group we can make more progress than by acting individually. A quarter of membership fees is a contribution to a pool of money to fund activities to grow the sector and develop best practice standards.  If you want to work with others to ensure that bioenergy solutions contribute to a sustainable future you should join the Association. 

Support to grow your business
The Association provides individual and confidential support to its members to assist them grow their business. If you have a bioenergy related matter where you would like assistance contact the Executive Officer.  This could be related to the market, support for individual proposals or discussion with an independent person the business case for a proposal.
Extend your profile through workshops and webinars
Participate in Association hosted webinars and workshops to extend your profile and your network of others in the sector.  As a webinar speaker you can extend your network of contacts.  If you have a topic which you would like to lead a discussion on contact the Executive Officer who will assist you prepare the idea for a webinar.  As a member this is free exposure to hundreds of potential attendees you wouldn't otherwise reach.

News and advertising of products and services
Members are welcome to provide news for the Bioflash.  The Bioflash is sent to around 900 recipients across the sector each month.  If you have a product or service or have participated in a project you would like to shout about then find the news angle and we will share it with hundreds of readers of the Bioflash.

Contact an Expert
Members are listed in a Contact an Expert directory. Each member has an associated profile page where NZ and Australian specific information, case studies, contact details etc are set out. The size of the profile depends on membership levels - Silver and Gold Members get a larger profile.  See examples here

Members should:
  • check their online company profile - are your profiles upto date and nd relevant to the Australasian markets?
  • check your online project case studies - do we have them?
  • are the projects you have been involved with listed in the Bioenergy Facilities Directory?
  • is your expertise appropriately described?
Members may now also advertise brands and products through advertising on the website.
  • advertising - the new sites have dedicated advertising space - contact us  for more.

Promotion of products and services
The suite of Association websites provides opportunities to improve promotion of members' products and services.

Members are able to promote products in the equipment catalogues on the relevant website. A number of products listings are free to members according to the level of membership.

Contact to have your profiles updated or replaced.   Also ask us about advertising packages and rates.

The association has set up discussion groups on LinkedIn. These are for members to communicate more widely with the public.  Join the discussion group  

Bioenergy Association welcomes news, advertising and articles from members.
Contact the
 Executive Officer.

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