Purpose Grown Energy Forests the Key to Self-Sufficiency
18 March, 2007
A report by Scion, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, states
that purpose grown energy forests could meet all of New Zealand's
future transport fuel needs and heat energy needs.
"Purpose-grown energy forests if planted today could meet all of
New Zealand???s future transport fuel and heat energy needs,
without threatening the country???s important agricultural
industry, according to a study completed by Crown Research
This conclusion is outlined in the Bioenergy Options for New
Zealand report completed by Scion as part of the EnergyScape
programme. The report is the result of a collaboration between
Crown Research Institutes Scion and NIWA, and CRL Energy, with
input from Landcare Research, Crop and Food Research, Waste
Solutions and Process Developments.
The study has found that if New Zealand were to plant
purpose-grown forests today and introduce a programme of managed
harvesting and replanting, the resulting biomass could be used to
meet all of New Zealand???s projected future needs for transport
fuels and heat.
The report also states that even the most conservative estimates
show New Zealand has at least 830,000 hectares of steep, erodable,
low producing grass and shrub lands that could be cost effectively
used for forestry. "
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