NSW DPI, in conjunction with various branches of government and industry, are hosting a series of large rural community forums focusing on energy related opportunities for the agricultural sector in the 21st Century. The forums are organised and supported by funds from the energy related Climate Change Fund (CCF) projects and are tailored to meet regional interests and needs.
These forums provide a comprehensive overview on farm energy use and highlight its impact on profitability both now and into the near future, with costs expected to rise. The forums explore where improvements in efficiencies can be achieved and the potential to improve overall energy productivity for each sector. The forums have brought together leading minds from business, government and the university sector to explore the issue, its causes and potential opportunities for agriculture using existing regionally relevant information wherever possible.
Agricultural production relies on many energy sources, the dominant one is diesel. Diesel usage generates many millions of tonnes of CO2 related gases every year. If we are to achieve significant reductions in human related emissions, an alternative to fossil fuel diesel will be needed. This series of free online forums explores alternatives and transitions for production systems, that are possible beyond diesel reliance.
The third Exploring Beyond Diesel online forum was held on 11 November 2020 and explored "low or zero carbon fuel options".
Watch a recording of the Forum Three presentations:
The second in this series of seminars exploring this theme was held on 2 September 2020. This session looked at the New Holland T6 tractor and its development along with businesses that are developing in Australia to generate methane for industrial uses, one of which may be replacement of diesel. We explored where methane gas may fit into the future power mix.
Download PDF or watch a recording of the Forum Two presentations:
Watch recording Session 3: The Imperative and Challenges - James Jackson, President NSW Farmers
Watch recording of wrap up session: Evaluation-Future Events - Charlie Prell, Farmers for Climate Action
The first in this series of seminars was held on 10 July 2020 and explored emerging future technologies.
Download PDF or watch a recording of the Forum One presentations:
Farm Energy Forums have been held in the South Coast and Murray River regions during 2019 and the following PDF presentations are available to download:
South Coast (Bega & Nowra) 20-21 June 2019
Murray (Corowa, Finley, Buronga) 27-29 August 2019
Note: The above documents are not web accessible. To obtain an accessible version please contact John O'Connor at NSW Department of Primary Industries - contact details below.
Further forums are planned for the future, details of which will be posted once confirmed.
Those interested please contact
Phone: 0412 359 084