Released 07/03/2014


Household and business waste could contribute to the ACT's renewable energy future with the launch of a new bioenergy initiative by the ACT Government.

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, announced a policy today that allows for up to 23 MW of feed-in-tariff entitlements to a business or businesses seeking to establish an advance thermal processing facility in the ACT or surrounding region by 2020.

 "A regional materials recovery and bioenergy facility could convert ACT and regional organic waste into renewable electricity, with enough energy to power over15,000 Canberra households, once the facility is operational," Mr Corbell said.

"It can also recover high-value plastics and metals that would otherwise end up in landfill.

"Bioenergy is widely used in northern Europe as a clean, renewable source for producing energy.

"It is important we look at not only the current needs of our city, but at how we can continue to provide a sustainable, vibrant place for Canberrans into the future.  Today's announcement is another example of how the ACT Government is working towards this goal.

"The government is investigating options to seek proposals to establish an advanced facility using a technology such as gasification, pyrolysis or plasma gasification. These technologies are cleaner than conventional combustion and can potentially produce value-added products such as biochar and transport fuels."

In December 2011, the Government released the ACT Waste Management Strategy 2011-25 with the goal of leading innovation to achieve full resource recovery and a carbon-neutral waste sector. The strategy targets over 90% resource recovery.

"Only waste products that do not have another market would be converted to energy. Existing recycling practices would be continued and enhanced."

The model of delivery and the timing of any project will be subject to budget consideration.

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