Put simply, net zero means we are not adding new emissions to the atmosphere.
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We’ve all heard the term net zero, but like many things – it has several definitions. For us, net zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. We reach net-zero when the amount we add is no more than the amount taken away.
For the world to transition towards net-zero emissions by 2050, per the UN’s climate goals, multiple renewable technologies will need to be integrated to create a renewable energy supply chain.Fossil fuels must be phased out and replaced with sustainable, renewable alternatives that provide reliability to people and the economy. This is where sustainable biomass can play a significant role. Biomass is organic matter derived from plants and includes wood from forests, tree plantations and wood processing facilities.
Biomass is organic matter derived from plants and includes wood from forests, tree plantations and wood processing facilities, plus residues from crops, organic waste from industry, and food production. Examples of biomass are woodchips, wood processing off-cuts, tree plantation thinnings, sawmill residues and urban wood waste.
Within forests, there are substantial quantities of waste biomass. This material is in the form of log harvesting residues that are presently left on the ground or burnt to reduce fuel levels to decrease the risk of bushfires or to encourage seedling regeneration
Biomass is used across the world for energy production. Generating energy from biomass has a well-established track record of cost-effectively reducing carbon emissions, improving energy productivity, and delivering reliable baseload energy. Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and the UK use biomass for their energy security and to achieve their renewable energy targets.
It has been acknowledged that bioenergy can play a crucial role in achieving the EU’s renewable energy targets. Still, it must be produced sustainably to ensure it is not causing harm
Our biomass is produced, processed and used sustainably and efficiently.
Our biomass feedstock comes from sustainable forestry waste and sustainably sourced timber residues. It is all 100% AFS certified, meeting the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) requirements.
There are several reasons for this:
- Reliability – waste wood combines the reliability of coal with the net-zero emissions of solar and wind, making it the ideal substitute for fossil fuels
- Quality – responsibly sourced from local AFS certified projects, our waste wood residues come from forestry management and harvesting rotations
- Circular economy – Achieving a higher utilisation of waste is an essential component in the transition to a low carbon, circular economy
Put simply, by leveraging waste wood residue, we reduce landfill reliance, reducing overall dependence on fossil fuels and not wasting valuable resources.
Biomass sourced sustainably, as all of ours is, is classified as renewable because of how it is grown. As organic matter grows, it absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. When it is combusted as a source of energy – for example, electricity generation – the CO2 released is offset by the amount absorbed from the atmosphere while growing.
Right now, Australia sends 20 million tonnes of waste to landfills – we believe that’s 20 million tonnes too many.
We believe in the power of the waste hierarchy; reduce, reuse and recycle where we can; recover energy and treat waste where we can’t. When timber waste cannot be used, reused, or recycled, it can be deployed to produce energy through combustion.
We must put waste to work, embedding waste-to-energy principles within our waste management practices. Waste biomass, in particular, can be readily adapted to current fossil fuel power production technologies and is very competitive with wind, hydro, and solar renewable energy sources.