Published on Monday 6 May 2013, the New South Wales North Coast Bioenergy Scoping Study was commissioned from the Institute of Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney. It was funded bythe NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and managed by RDA-NR.

The study gives an overview of the main bioenergy technologies and notes a number of key opportunities for the region including the new pyrolysis plant in Ballina and the revitalisation of the sugar mill facilities at Condong and Broadwater.

It cites potential feedstocks, including forestry plantation residues, sugar cane waste, camphor laurel and municipal solid waste, waste products from meat and livestock processing. It suggests that bioenergy production should be co-located with large energy users and that partnerships across sectors will be key to ensuring regular production to meet ongoing demand.

The report recommends the development of this important sector and the commissioning of a comprehensive Bioenergy Resource Assessment to address current knowledge gaps as next step towards a wider Sustainable Energy Strategy for the North Coast.

Citation: Ison, N., Wynne, L., Rutovitz, J., Jenkins, C., Cruickshank, P. and Luckie, K. (2013) NSW North Coast Bioenergy Scoping Study, Report by the Institute for Sustainable Futures to RDA-Northern Rivers on behalf of Sustain Northern Rivers.

This report was followed by a ‘First Order’ Pre-Feasibility Study and a report on the social license of bio-energy in the region. These studies were funded by NSW Trade & Investment and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Documents and resources

Social licence for bioenergy: Prospects in the NSW Northern Rivers

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has provided the useful annotated bibliography and resource list for those interested in finding out more about bioenergy and its potential uses.