Bioenergy is a type of renewable power generation technology that efficiently extracts considerable quantities of clean, low-emission electricity from sources such as agricultural crop wastes, plantation wood waste, urban garden and food waste, sugar cane residues (known as bagasse), sewage and animal wastes. Bioenergy can be stored and controlled and creates little or no greenhouse gas emissions, as reported by the Clean Energy Council Virtually every country in the world produces and consumes some form of bioenergy. Sustainability credentials for bioenergy are now seen as a necessity.
The CFA has appointed a representative, Tracey Colley, to the new Standards Australia Technical Committee EV-020 Sustainability Criteria for bioenergy. This committee will participate in developing the ISO standard Sustainability criteria for bioenergy which will provide a framework for considering the environmental, social and economic aspects of bioenergy that could be used for production, supply chain and application.
More information on bioenergy can be found on the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and the Bioenergy Australia websites.