ARENA’s roadmap is being developed to identify the role that the bioenergy sector can play in boosting the country’s energy transition, stimulating regional development, enhancing energy security and helping Australia to cut emissions.
The organisation has appointed a consortium of ENEA Consulting and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to assist in delivering the roadmap and has commenced public consultation on the plans.
The Bioenergy Roadmap will help to inform the next series of investment and policy decisions in Australia’s bioenergy sector. Expected to be completed in the second half of this year, the roadmap will focus on:
- Quantifying the economic opportunities for Australia
- The potential for biofuels to decarbonise the industrial and transport sectors and contribute to the country’s liquid fuel security
- Assessing whether Australia has a competitive advantage
- Identifying economic or regulatory impediments to future growth
- Providing clear findings to help inform the next stage of development of the sector.
Working on behalf of ARENA, ENEA Consulting and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu will canvas views from a “wide range of stakeholders” in Australia’s bioenergy sector, through workshops, interviews and an open submission process.
“The development of the Bioenergy Roadmap presents an opportunity to allow industry leaders, researchers and the public to provide insight into the current state of bioenergy in Australia and how best we can grow the sector in the future,” said ARENA CEO Darren Miller.
“It will also be an important input into the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap, which will be released for public consultation soon.”
ARENA has provided approximately $118 million (€70.5 million) in funding towards bioenergy projects over the last eight years. Its investments to date span electricity and biogas production, biofuels, efficient feedstock harvesting technology and projects that aim to capture energy from various waste materials.
Submissions are invited from businesses, research groups, industry associations, community groups and individuals until 5pm AEST on 29 May 2020.