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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation


    Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

    ARENA Program

    Emerging Renewables Program

  • Start Date

    December 2015



  • Project Partners
    University of the Sunshine Coast, Sustainability Victoria, Renewables SA, Queensland University of Technology, Department of State Growth, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, Department of Primary Industries, Department of Agriculture and Food (WA)


Previous biomass resource mapping has either been undertaken at a regionally specific scale or is incomplete. The lack of reliable information on biomass feedstocks is a significant roadblock to the development of bioenergy projects across Australia.

Project innovation

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) will develop the first central and national source of biomass resources and include interactive tools to enable better access to information. The Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment Project outputs will include a detailed analysis of the types, volumes and locations of potential bioenergy feedstocks in each state.

RIRDC will work with states and territories to collect, collate and present information through the ARENA-supported Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) interface, a central source for renewable energy mapping data and information.


The Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment Project will enable better links between biomass suppliers and end users, supporting local businesses to get more value from organic material destined for landfill, disposal or other low value uses by improving information access and quality.

The AREMI platform will enable RIRDC to geospatially map existing and projected biomass resource data alongside other parameters such as existing network and transport infrastructure, land use capability and demographic data.

Read more about bioenergy and energy from waste.

Contact information

Program Manager, RIRDC Julie Bird
Phone: 0407 455 580
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia Kim Brooksbank
Sustainability Victoria Kelly Wickham
NSW Department of Primary Industries – Forest Science – Land and Natural Resources Fabiano Ximenes
RenewablesSA, Department of State Development Catherine Way
Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation Phil Norman
Tasmanian Department of State Growth – Industry and Business Development David Hurburgh
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