Greenhouse gas savings
Bioenergy is a clean energy source that creates little or no net greenhouse emissions depending on the type of biomass and conversion technology used. It is also capable of being carbon negative if carbon capture and sequestration is employed.
Australia has a variety of bioenergy feedstocks including sugar cane bagasse, sewage gas, landfill gas, wood waste and black liquor, energy crops, agricultural products and their wastes and municipal solid waste. In Australia most of the energy created from biomass fuels is in the form of heat from firewood and bioenergy from bagasse (sugar cane waste) or wood wastes.
Detailed analyses, both international (the International Energy Agency, the UK Government, and the European Commission) and within Australia indicate that bioenergy can play a significant role in future electricity supply.
For example, the amount of electricity generated from bagasse could be significantly increased if sugar mills and associated power plants were modernised into more efficient operations, and if more effort was made to gather all of the cane trash which could be used in electricity generation – currently only 50 per cent of the cane biomass available for use is collected.
Around 10 per cent of the worlds primary energy consumption comes from bioenergy. The majority of the world's bioenergy is used directly for heat production through the burning of biomass with only 4 per cent being used for electricity generation. The main growth markets for power generation from bioenergy are the United States, European Union led by Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and Brazil, China and Japan.
Bioenergy Myths and Facts
Waste-to-Energy Fact Sheet
Energy Crop Fact Sheet
Using Pellets for Bioenergy
Using Bagasse for Bioenergy
Review of the Australian Bioenergy Industry 2011
This report provides a snapshot of the current bioenergy industry in Australia, information about the economic benefits of bionenergy, the current policy and regulatory environment in Australia, as well as an international snaphot of the industry.
To download the 2011 member-only report, click here.
To download the 2010 report, click here.
Removing Barriers Facing Bioenergy in Australia
Today bioenergy contributes approximately 11.5 per cent of Australia's renewable energy generation. The Clean Energy Council's 2008 Australian Bioenergy Roadmap identified Australia's bioenergy potential and established generation targets for 2020 and 2050 of 11,000 GWh and 73,000 GWh respectively. These targets were conservative and, although theoretically possible, will not be realised without the removal of a range of barriers that are currently limiting the growth of bioenergy in Australia. These barriers include fuel resource availability, costs and locational issues. The Clean Energy Council commissioned SKM MMA to identify the barriers in more detail and develop potential solutions.
To download the full report click here
To download the summary document click here
Australian Bioenergy Roadmap
The Australian Bioenergy Roadmap was created by the bioenergy industry as a first step to ensuring that bioenergy becomes a significant contributor to Australia's future stationary energy supply while reducing our carbon pollution.
The Roadmap sets a clear strategy to achieve:
- A growing, sustainable Australian bioenergy industry;
- Increased community awareness and acceptance of bioenergy;
- A consistent national policy to support the industry's development; and
- Long-term investor certainty.
Download your copy of the Bioenergy Roadmap and be a part of Australia's energy future today.
The Biomass Resource Appraisal details the results of the assessment of the biomass resources in different bioenergy sectors in Australia.
Biomass Resource Appraisal (pdf - 2,683 kb)