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Annual bioenergy conference dates announced

This year, Bioenergy Australia celebrates its 19th Annual Conference with a theme of “Bioenergy Strong – driving commercial outcomes”.

The two-day Conference (17 & 18 October 2018) will be held at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane.

Shahana McKenzie, CEO, Bioenergy Australia says “The conference agenda this year is one I’m particularly excited and passionate about. We’ll be covering some hugely topical subjects such as the role of waste to energy in solving our waste challenge, the road blocks to biofuels deployment and an analysis of Australia’s Bioenergy performance by KPMG.”

What role does waste to energy play in tackling Australia’s waste challenge? While councils are wrestling with increasing amounts of waste going to landfill, with China’s National Sword restricting the exportation of recyclables, our ministers across our nation are looking for urgent solutions and options.  It will be great to hear from our diverse panel on waste to energy and what role it could play in Australia.

“Another  element of the conference will be an interrogation of the Nations Bioenergy performance through the release of KPMG’s State of the Nation, Bioenergy report. I’m sure some feathers will be ruffled when we announce how NSW, VIC and QLD rank within the State ladder!” says McKenzie.

In addition, Grid integration and the role of biofuels in Australia are earmarked as standout sessions for the Bioenergy Strong Conference. Whether it is renewable fuels, electricity or gas a major challenge faced by all of the renewables is how they obtain access to the distribution network that ultimately reaches consumers. The conference this year will seek to expose the road blocks, challenges and barriers to successful deployment of bioenergy across the energy mix.

In addition to the main conference, a number of exciting events will also be taking place over those few days such as Welcome Drinks on Tuesday 16 October at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, the inaugural Bioenergy Innovation Awards presentation night on Wednesday 17 October on the Maiwar Green at State Library of Queensland, and site visits on Friday 19 October to 3 bioenergy sites in Brisbane surrounds.

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