The NSW North Coast has a long history of managing forests for multiple objectives, including timber extraction. The aim of the project was to determine the potential availability of forestry residues in three main local ‘hubs’: Bulahdelah, Kempsey and Grafton. In addition to a detailed assessment of available biomass volumes and an economic evaluation, the project assessed potential biodiversity, nutrition and climate impacts.
Currently, large volumes of biomass are left in the forests following harvest, representing an opportunity cost, by not using the biomass for bioenergy, wood products or high-value chemicals. It also limits forest management options, reduces profits and presents operational problems.
The project found that forestry biomass available on the NSW North Coast is large enough to support the development of large and small-scale energy generation systems, with no adverse impacts on the environment.
NSW is well positioned to lead the nation in the use of biomass for a range of bioenergy and bioproducts, including large-scale electricity generation solution, providing baseload power that is cost-effective and climate-friendly.
A sustainable domestic bioenergy market delivers on Pillars 3 and 4 of the NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap, on Community Understanding and Confidence, and Industry Innovation and New Markets.
The findings of the North Coast Residues project were presented by DPI Research Scientist Fabiano Ximenes at Bioenergy2017 on Wednesday 22 November. A summary of the key information can be found in this DPI media release North Coast forests offer untapped bioenergy opportunity.
For more information on the project and its findings, read a copy of the final report North Coast Residues (PDF, 3645.12 KB).