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Issue 104 – August 2018

Welcome members and friends

As New Zealand transitions to being a low emissions economy new opportunities for business, including farming, start becoming real. The opportunities from use of bioenergy and biofuels instead of fossil fuels for energy are the most obvious. Yet the opportunities for farmers to produce and sell food plus energy are likely to be the biggest drivers. This has been recognised in the UK where the Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) has developed a Common Countryside Policy to start bringing forestry and agriculture together (see below). The goal is "a healthy environment, food to eat, and timber to build our homes and manufacture the many day-to-day products we use". 

New Zealand has similar opportunities, and for many farmers this is already happening, However the benefits of using trees to stop run off of nitrogen into waterways, protect steep slopes, plant shelter belts for harvest and shelter, and use dairy effluent are still poorly understood.  Adopting an attitude of food plus energy from farming will improve farm business resilience and provide quality wood fuel for their food processors. 

As outlined in an item below bioenergy uses carbon neutral biomass so it is a "no brainer" that the programmes which Government will lead on over the coming years should include the utilisation of this carbon neutral biomass in a similar way that renewable electricity is driving the adoption of electric vehicles.

To achieve these opportunities we need better cross sector interaction and a government looking for solutions rather than responding to what already exists.

Executive Officer

Bioenergy NZ, Australia & the Pacific

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.

The Bioenergy Association discussion on carbon neutrality is shown on here 

Also see 'The carbon neutrality of biomass from forests' document here

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

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 (

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.

Forthcoming Events
Evaluation of heat plant opportunities
Postponed until 25 September Webinar, Mike Suggate

Workshop for members of the Wood Energy interest group to consider the draft Technical Guide 14 Best practice guidelines for life cycle analysis of heat plant projects. 
The workshop is to review the draft guide and discuss it prior to finalisation. 

Copies of the draft are available after 11 July here -

Australia - New Zealand Biochar Conference 2018
14-16 August 2018, Queensland, Australia

The aims and objectives of ANZBC18 are to focus on "investable deals" in biochar and "building viable biochar industries" by bringing together stakeholders to achieve real outcomes.

More here

APBE 2018

16-18 August 2018, Guangzhou, China

The 7th Asia-Pacific Biomass Energy Exhibition will be held at the China Import & Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou.

Bioenergy Association (represented by Brian Cox) has been invited to be a keynote speaker at this summit. 

More here 

WEBINAR:  Sampling and testing solid biomass fuels
21 August 2018, Webinar, Ben Rumsey, CRL Energy
Ben will outline the process of sampling that they recommend and how they test wood samples sent to them. He will discuss the testing methods and how to interpret the resulting report.

More here -
15-18 October 2018, Venice, Italy

The 7th International Symposium on energy from biomass and waste will be held at Scuola Grade Di San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice, Italy on 15-18 October 2018.
Asia-Pacific Biomass Energy Exhibition will be held at the China Import & Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou.

More here

CONFERENCE: Bioenergy Australia 2018 Conference
17 & 18 October, Brisbane, Australia

Bioenergy Australia are excited to reveal details of the Bioenergy Australia 2018 Conference.  "Bioenergy Strong 2018 - Driving Commercial Outcomes"  to be held on 17 & 18 October at the State Library of Brisbane.  A welcome reception on the evening of 16 October has been organised at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
CONFERENCE:  Pan Pacific Fibre Value Chain Conference 2018 
4-7 December 2018, Rotorua, New Zealand

The Appita 2018 Annual Conference this year will be co-hosting the Pan Pacific Conference with their sister associations, in Rotorua, New Zealand from 4–7 December 2018.   The conference, named, 2018 Pan Pacific Fibre Value Chain Conference, will incorporate the Bioproducts Manufacturing Symposium, Papermakers Forum, Maintenance Forum, the new Young Professionals Network Forum, Technical Sessions and much more. 
Appita would like to encourage and welcome Bioenergy Association members to submit Technical Papers, and advise that the closing date for abstracts is the 9th July 2018.  Below is the Call for Papers brochure reflecting the categories for the technical papers as well as all of the information needed to submit a paper. All papers will need to be submitted on line at

View Call for Papers brochure


International Bioenergy News

UK forestry sector moves to integrate agriculture and forestry
The UK Confederation of Forest Industries   has developed a proposal for a Common Countryside Policy for post Brexit. The policy aims to bring together the  "three great goods of our countryside:
a healthy environment, food to eat, and timber to build our homes and manufacture the many day-to-day products we use. Our lives depend absolutely on all three. "

"A post-Brexit system should give farmers and landowners the opportunity to make decisions based on what is best and most sustainable for their land, based on long-term and wide-ranging benefit, not on the need to chase subsidy."

More here - 


Bioenergy Knowledge Centre
Resources in the Bioenergy Knowledge Centre can be accessed free by 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 BKC below

WEBINAR: Design and Construction of farm scale anaerobic digesters
presented by BPO Ltd

BPO Ltd was commissioned by Bioenergy Association to prepare a best practice Technical Guide which would draw on the relevant parts of NZS5228 and either update them or modify so that they were appropriate for a modern anaerobic digestion facility.

Your feedback and comments are welcome and should be send to before this first draft is finalised on 23 August.  View the 
draft here - 

REPORT:  Shelter and timberbelt design
Sustainable Land Management Programme, Taranaki Regional Council

The primary purpose of farm shelter is to protect livestock, pasture and crops from the wind. Strong wind causes physiological stress in plants and animals. Plants' transpiration increases, desiccating pasture or cropland and stunting its growth. A greater proportion of animals' metabolism is diverted into maintaining body temperature instead of weight gain. Good shelter will reduce stress. Scientific trials confirm what many farmers observe after establishing shelter:

  • Dry matter production increases between 5 and 15%
  • Less stress on livestock, better metabolic conversion of feed, and faster weight gain.

More here -


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.
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 Executive Officer.

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