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We are developing a roadmap to identify the role that the bioenergy sector can play in Australia’s energy transition and in helping Australia further reduce our emissions. The Bioenergy Roadmap will help to inform the next series of investment and policy decisions in the bioenergy sector in Australia.

An effective Bioenergy Roadmap requires a broad stakeholder consultation process where the views of businesses, research groups, industry associations, community groups, governments and individuals are considered.

In consultation with ENEA Consulting and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, we will seek input from people and organisations with an interest in the bioenergy sector across a range of forums. The following input is sought:

  • Call for Submissions [COMPLETE]: an open invitation for interested parties and individuals to lodge a submission for consideration in the development of the Bioenergy Roadmap.

  • Consultation Workshops [COMPLETE]: subject-focussed online workshops will be conducted through May 2020.


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    Public submissions

    As part of the stakeholder consultation work to develop the Bioenergy Roadmap, we invited interested parties to provide views and information on a range of investigation topics. We received a total of 147 written submissions. The public submissions can be accessed below from our externally hosted Dropbox service. You do not need to create a Dropbox account to read or download the public submissions.

    The views expressed within these submissions do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government or ARENA, and neither the Australian Government nor ARENA accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.

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    Call for submissions [Closed]

    We are calling for submissions from businesses, research groups, industry associations, community groups, governments and individuals seeking their views regarding bioenergy in Australia. In particular, views are sought regarding:

    • opportunities where the bioenergy sector in Australia may have a competitive advantage, which may include:
      • the role of biofuels to help decarbonise the industrial and transport sectors and contribute to Australia’s liquid fuel security
      • opportunities to decarbonise the gas network
      • bioenergy opportunities for heat, steam and power
    • current economic and regulatory impediments to the development of the bioenergy sector in Australia

    • understanding of markets, technologies, resources, social & environmental factors underpinning the current and potential bioenergy sector

    • insights into the economic opportunities for Australia, including a focus on regional Australia

    • any other relevant factors that should be considered in the development of the roadmap.
    Further information is provided in the ‘Call for submissions’ document (below), which contains additional detail on key areas for investigation and instructions to follow in forming your submission.

    - Bioenergy Roadmap Call for Submissions (PDF 377KB) | (DOCX 5MB)

    Key dates for submissions [Closed]

    Submissions have for the Bioenergy Roadmap have now closed.

    • Tuesday 28 April 2020 – Call for submissions opens

    • Wednesday 10 June 2020, 5:00pm AEST – Call for submissions closes (Submission Deadline).

      Project Timeline

      Project timeline

      The Bioenergy Roadmap comprises four key stages:

      • Stage 1, March 2020: Engage stakeholders through consultation workshops, call for submissions and direct interviews [COMPLETE]

      • Stage 2, April - June 2020: Data collection and evaluation of existing knowledge in Australia and overseas to inform scenario analysis and modelling [COMPLETE]

      • Stage 3: Quantify the economic opportunities for various bioenergy sector pathways and develop economic modelling to inform the report [COMPLETE]

      • Stage 4: Collating the above in a final report. [COMPLETE]


      If you have any questions about the Bioenergy Roadmap work, email us

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