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BANZ Conference - Rotorua 16th May 2013

Bioenergy Association of New Zealand
“Unlocking additional revenue from traditional rural land use - integrating forestry, biomass crops and bioenergy products.”

16 May 2013, Distinction Hotel, Rotorua

Growth in NZ’s bioenergy sector is starting to drive an increased demand for greater quantities of biomass. Whether its high quality wood fuel, biomass for transport fuels or production of biogas , NZ’ s landowners are best placed to meet the demand and take advantage of the opportunity.

This event is for all landowners, Maori Trusts, and decision makers looking to enhance economic returns from rural land through growing and producing new product streams for NZ’s growing bio-based economy.

The focus of the event is on realizing additional value from farm forestry, considering shelter belts as biomass production, and recognising organic matter often considered as waste from horticulture and agriculture as being a valuable bioenergy and bio-product resource.

The opportunities for biomass-to energy are currently economic in niche situations and where there are economies of scale.

“This isn’t a new opportunity – it is one that has just not yet been realised – many farmers are already into farm forestry. What is new is the inclusion of bioenergy products alongside export logs, export chip, pulp logs, sheep, and cattle. Currently 15-20% of harvested trees are left behind as waste. Turning this waste and underused land into a source of income is a real opportunity.”

The opportunities:
Wood fuel - can be used for the production of heat or as a feedstock for the emerging transport biofuels market; can be produced from small or large woodlots, shelter belts and purpose grown biomass crops. These activities can all be integrated with traditional land uses.
Organic matter - land owners are often in a situation where they produce organic matter which becomes a waste Integrating bioenergy solutions into traditional land use activities can turn this waste into a valuable resource. The event is not about growing biomass crops instead of sheep and cattle, but rather it’s about growing these crops as well as sheep and cattle. Integrating the production and use of forestry and other bio based materials offers many opportunities, including bioenergy, to grow new economic wealth, employment and innovation.

This event will be structured around examples where integrated biomass production and land use is providing enhanced economic and social benefits for owners and examine in detail how by considering biomass products and bioenergy solutions a range of production management regimes can increase economic returns and enhance business viability.

Presentations will be based on examples that demonstrate how the integration and diversity of biomass production can work, what landowners need to do to get started and tools that are available.

The Conference is supported by

8.30 – 9.00 Registration
9.00 – 9.05 Welcome - Brian Cox, Executive Officer Bioenergy Association of New Zealand
9.05 – 9.15 Opening - Associate Minister of Primary Industries or spokesperson from MPI (to be confirmed)
Bioenergy Opportunities for Landowners
9.15 – 9.35 Bioenergy – A snapshot of the New Zealand bioenergy market with relevance to land owners
Brian Cox, Executive Officer Bioenergy Association of New Zealand
9.35 – 10.00 Optimising the use of resources – Industrial symbiosis and bioenergy
Dr Trevor Stuthridge, General Manager Sustainable Design, Scion
10.00 – 10.30 Tea break
10.30 – 10.50 What are the opportunities for unlocking revenue for land owners?
John Gifford, Principal Consultant, Gifford Consulting
10:50 – 11:10 Drivers for integrated land management and how diversification of production systems offer new solutions
Dr Tanira Kingi, Science Advisor, AgResearch, Chairman Lake Rotorua Primary Producers Collective and Te Arawa Water Quality Group
Growing and Harvesting Tree Crops for New Value Streams
11.10 – 11.35 Alternative Tree Crops and their values for bioenergy and bio-processing
Dr Elspeth MacRae, General Manager, Manufacturing and Bio-products, Scion
11.35– 12.00 Utilisation of short rotation crops for multiple uses (economic and environmental benefits)
Kevin Snowden (Affiliation to be confirmed)
12.00 – 12.25 The economics of extracting biomass from rural land
Peter Hall, Bioenergy and Biofuels Senior Scientist, Scion
12.25 – 1.20 Lunch
1:20 – 1:40 “Mauri or money?”
Hirini Reedy, Manager, Maori Energy Partnerships; Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)
Integrating Land Use for New Revenue Streams
1:40 – 2.05 Integrating multiple land use options for improved environmental, social and economic outcomes.
Presenter from Landcare Research (to be confirmed)
2.05 – 2.30 Case study: Integrating forestry, energy crops farming and other uses of rural land for resilient businesses
John Gifford, Gifford Consulting; Peter Hall and Graham West, Scion
2.30- 2.55 Miscanthus as a crop for flatter land
Peter Brown, Miscanthus NZ Ltd
2.55 – 3.25 Tea break
3.25 – 3.50 Biogas from farm wastes, by-products and crops – local solutions for local issues
Stephan Heubeck, Scientist, NIWA
3.50 – 4.15 Case study: Biogas from farm wastes and agro-industrial biosolids
Jurgen Thiele, Senior Principal, Spiire New Zealand
4.15– 4.35 Establishing collective action
Hamish Levack, NZ Farm Forestry Association
4.35-4.50 Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks

Finding out more:

Book your place now – EARLY BIRD SPECIAL (book before 10th May) – Member ($260); Non-member ($295)
– FULL COST (book after 10th May) – Member ($320); Non-member ($360)

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