The Tasmanian Government has called for submissions following the release of a new draft Bioenergy Vision for Tasmania, which sets out the state’s plan to create energy from organic waste.

Bioenergy is energy produced from organic matter including from agricultural, municipal, industrial and forestry waste and residue and can feed a wide range of energy needs including heating, fuels such as methane and transport fuels for cars, boats, and planes as well as electricity generation and industrial heat.

Submissions are now sought on the draft vision with feedback received to feed into finalising the vision to pave the way towards this additional energy source joining the state’s existing renewable energy capacity.

As biomass can be regrown sustainably, bioenergy is globally recognised as a renewable energy source and can substitute or prevent fossil fuels from being used in many applications.

Tasmania produces 100 per cent of its electricity needs from renewables and biomass energy complements this by using what would otherwise, and traditionally has been, discarded.

The draft Bioenergy Vision for Tasmania has been developed with the assistance of an extensive range of industries including agriculture, aquaculture, waste management, forestry and timber processing, power generation, industrial energy users, transport, peak industry bodies and construction.

The draft is expected to be finalised in the coming months.

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