Advancing Australia's bioenergy sector

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has released its Bioenergy Roadmap, which sets out opportunities for government, research institutions and industry collaboration on the emerging sector. The roadmap outlines where bioenergy has a comparative advantage and complements other low emissions technologies.

The Australian Government has committed an additional $33.5 million to ARENA to further support the bioenergy sector.

The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, said the Bioenergy Roadmap recognises the emissions reduction and economic benefits the sector provides, particularly to regional communities. ‘Working with industry to drive down production costs to price parity with traditional energy sources will be key to widespread uptake,’ Minister Taylor said.

The government has already invested close to half a billion dollars for bioenergy projects in areas such as waste, biogas, biomass and biofuels.

Measures underway to support the Australian bioenergy sector include:

  • consideration of biogas, as well as hydrogen, in the National Gas Law review through Energy Ministers
  • development of a new Emissions Reduction Fund method for biomethane by the Clean Energy Regulator 
  • biofuels as part of the industry-wide fuel standards review 
  • bioenergy use in government-supported microgrid studies. 

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Australia’s Bioenergy Roadmap ARENA

Ministers’ media release