Clean and green – industry bodies partner up to drive renewables in Australia
The Clean Energy Council and Bioenergy Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to drive an increased level of understanding, uptake and engagement in renewable energy generation in Australia.
Bioenergy involves the efficient extraction of sustainable energy from biomass residues including agricultural, forestry and municipal wastes. The International Energy Agency’s market analysis and forecast report has identified that bioenergy was the source of half of all renewable energy used globally in 2017 and is forecast to see the biggest growth in renewable consumption between 2018 and 2023. Typical forms of bioenergy are liquid transport fuels and green gas, electricity and heat.
Research by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has found that bioenergy could contribute up to 20 percent of Australia’s electricity generation in 2030, something Clean Energy Council chief executive Kane Thornton says should be embraced as the nation looks forward.
“Bioenergy can operate across the entire energy system and supports domestic fuel security, emission reduction and waste minimisation. Bioenergy is also a key opportunity for transitioning regional Australia and providing billions of dollars in investment and hundreds of thousands of jobs,” says Thornton. “Bioenergy can operate to support other renewable energy types and we look forward to driving a collaborative renewable energy sector moving forward.”
Biofuels have been identified as a key player in the decarbonisation of the transport sector, particularly in heavy road vehicles, aviation and shipping. A recent report by ClimateWorks Australia highlights that mainstream use of biofuels is assumed to begin in 2030, reaching a penetration of 44 percent of aviation fuel and 25 percent of shipping fuel by 2040.
Similarly, bioenergy systems are the largest source of existing renewable process heat and are increasingly adopted where a low- or zero-cost biomass resource is available. In such cases, they are often already cost-competitive with gas or other fossil fuel sources. According to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, meeting up to around 30 percent of total national heat demand is technically possible.
“The 2019 announcement by Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor for the development of The National Bioenergy Roadmap presents a significant opportunity for the integration of bioenergy and bio products within the renewable energy agenda,” adds Bioenergy Australia CEO Shahana McKenzie. “The Clean Energy Council and Bioenergy Australia, alongside all their members, look forward to a productive working relationship.”
The Clean Energy Council is Australia’s peak clean energy industry body. It works with the nation’s renewable energy and energy storage businesses, as well as rooftop solar installers, to further the development of clean energy in Australia.
Bioenergy Australia represents the nation’s bioenergy industry and is committed to accelerating Australia’s bioeconomy. Its mission is to foster the industry to create jobs, secure investment, maximise the value of local resources and minimise waste and environment impact.