Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:35

Woody biomass to be used for electricity

woody biomass 24 juneThe Australian Forest Products Association has welcomed changes to the use of woody biomass for electricity.

The New South Wales Government is amending rules to allow farmers and the logging industry to burn woody biomass, which could include native forests and scrubland, for power generation.

Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Forest Products Association, Ross Hampton, says it brings New South Wales into line with the rest of the country.

“It helps move the playing field back to more of a level surface,” Mr Hampton said.

He has defended the use of native forests under the practice, saying it is limited.

“It's quite constrained about the sorts of timber allowed to be used for energy creation,” Mr Hampton said.

“For example... invasive nature scrub that's being cleared to rehabilitate land,” he said.

“And off-cuts used in the saw process that otherwise would be discarded or made into pulp, or burnt on-site.”

Mr Hampton says the changes will not result in a number of biomass mills springing up immediately to use the waste products.

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