Scion take on IEA Bioenergy responsibilities
Paul Bennett was elected Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency’s Bioenergy Group. http://www.ieabioenergy.com/. This group develops strategy of the programme, maintains interfaces with other activities through IEA and others, and monitors progress and budgets of the technical tasks. This is a two year position supporting the Chair who is Jim Spaeth from the US Department of Energy.
IEA Bioenergy Group provides technical co-operation over a range of bioenergy activities, including liquid biofuels, bioenergy and feedstock market, sustainable bioenergy, biogas etc. This is done through Task Groups which are each formed for a specific piece of international research and each exists only for the life of the project.
The Task Groups collate international research and publish the information in a wide range of reports. Many of these are held in the Association's Bioenergy Knowledge Centre.
23 Countries including, US, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Finland, Japan etc contribute to the NZ$ 8 Million budget, and indirectly there is access to the outputs of the national programmes of the partners.
Improved monitoring of biomass use for energy
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has updated its methodology for assessing the amount of industrial bioenergy demand in New Zealand. The methodology has been used to estimate the data for the 2016 statistics - http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/energy/energy-data-modelling/statistics/energy-balances.
Details of the new methodology are outlined in the documentation below. MBIE will update total industrial bioenergy demand on an annual basis using a combination of estimates and collected data, as set out in the methodology - http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/energy/energy-data-modelling/technical-papers/pdf-library/industrial-bioenergy-demand-methodology-2016.pdf.
Total bioenergy demand including cogeneration from wood and black liquor has been estimated as 50.16 Gross PJ in 2016, showing a small decrease from 2015 at 50.78 PJ. However the methodology update, resulted in the total bioenergy demand being composed of 7.4 percent less black liquor and 6.5 percent more wood fuel consumption in 2016 compared to previous years.
Industrial bioenergy demand is split in to demand for process heat use and cogeneration and is published by MBIE in the annual energy balance tables. In 2016 the amount of bioenergy used for cogeneration is slightly lower at 4.66 PJ than in 2015 at 4.84.
Productivity Commission low carbon economy inquiry
The submissions to the Productivity Commission inquiry for the Government into the mechanisms and programmes that could complement the ETS and assist transition to a low carbon economy are now on their website - https://www.productivity.govt.nz/inquiry-content/3254?stage=2. A draft report is due in February 2018.
Good signs for future wood fuel availability
The announcement by the Government of its plan to get a billion trees in the ground over the next 10 years, effectively doubling the annual planting rate, is great news for the wood energy sector even though it will take a number of years for the benefits to materialise. We now need to advocate for greater added value processing occurring within NZ so that we get increased volumes of wood processing residues available as wood fuel.
Process Heat in NZ
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has established a new webpage providing data on industrial process heat and fuel demand - http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/energy/energy-efficiency-environment/process-heat-in-new-zealand/data.