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BEST-L March 2008

Subject:

Energy Forests in New Zealand

From:

"Espinosa,Gabriel L" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Espinosa,Gabriel L

Date:

Wed, 19 Mar 2008 18:59:03 -0400

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Purpose Grown Energy Forests the Key to Self-Sufficiency
18 March, 2007
Scion

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.

http://www.scionresearch.com/media+releases.aspx?PageContentID=1186

"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 
Institute, Scion.

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. "

Best wishes,
---
Gabriel Espinosa

> BioEnergy and Sustainable Technology Society
> http://grove.ufl.edu/~bests/

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