Timber Communities Australia (TCA) welcomes the passing of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme legislation last night.
It has restored genuine wood waste biomass, sourced from legally and sustainably managed native forest or sawmill operations, as an eligible bioenergy feedstock, alongside other types of wood waste material.
This is a commonsense outcome that is good news for timber communities.
Potentially innovative bioenergy pathways for using existing wood waste from responsible and legally compliant operations are no longer closed off for local communities across Australia.
TCA acknowledges the efforts of several cross bench Senators (Madigan, Wang, Leyonhjelm, Lambie, Xenophon, Muir and Day) who saw fit to support the government’s legislation after some arduous examination.
TCA is pleased there are controls to ensure only genuine waste is utilised.
This form of wood waste was eligible biomass feedstock under the RET for a decade with Coalition and ALP bi-partisan support until, in 2011, it was ruled as ‘ineligible’ feedstock. This was a time when the balance of power in Federal parliament was unusually tenuous with a minority government. The reinstatement has corrected that situation after examination of its merits.