24 June, 2015
Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, welcomed the successful passing of the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2015 through the Senate.
"I am particularly pleased that wood biomass has been included as a renewable energy source," Senator Colbeck said.
"Australia is catching up to the rest of the world by recognising the value of utilising wood biomass as a renewable energy source, including wood offcuts, branches and residues."
"The science is clear when it comes to the environmental benefits and we now have a genuine opportunity to reduce carbon emissions in this country."
"This is an important element of sustainable forest management and I congratulate the Senate for making a sensible decision about the future of our energy needs in this country."
"We promised at the 2013 election to reintroduce wood biomass as a renewable energy source and we have delivered on that commitment."
Research published in Future Science found that carbon emissions can be reduced by up to 96 per cent by replacing coal generated electricity with wood biomass.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) also recognises the environmental benefits of biomass and has made the following statement:
"In the long term, a sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest carbon stocks, while producing an annual sustained yield of timber, fibre or energy from the forest, will generate the largest sustained mitigation benefit."