Biomass opportunities in Victoria

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Led by Sustainability Victoria, the Victorian Organics Resource Recovery Strategy, has a key action to ‘identify locations and volumes of available biomass across regional Victoria’. Harnessing sustainable sources of biomass is key to producing sustainable bioenergy.

The Victorian Government’s goal is to divert organic material from landfill and harness the power of renewable energy to stabilise and drive down prices, attract billions of dollars of investment and create thousands of local jobs.

The state has renewable energy targets of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025.

The Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment (ABBA)

ABBA is funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and its purpose is to identify biomass resources for bioenergy across Australia to catalyse investment in the renewable energy sector.

SV is producing the Victorian segment of the national project and we are populating data from across commercial and industrial sectors for Victoria.

ABBA project progress and next steps

Key milestone Anticipated timeframe Status
Project establishment and contracting 2015/16 Completed
Data research and acquisition 2016/17 to 2017/18 Completed
Outreach and communications period
2016/17 and 2018/19
Underway
Resources development 2018/19 Underway
Monitoring evaluation 2019 to 2020 M&E plan revision underway 
Increasing investment in bioenergy Ongoing Part of M&E plan

Data access

The data generated by the Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment (ABBA) program has been refined over a few data acquisition periods. The latest dataset is available on the AREMI platform as well as here on our own Interactive Data Portal:

Snapshot of the ABBA data

To see the entire suite of over 40 industry based biomass datasets and map overlays with other related infrastructure visit the AREMI portal and, after agreeing to terms of entry, select Add Data and look up Renewable energy > Bioenergy > Victoria. From here you will find the sector-specific biomass data.

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Victorian Biomass Assessment – Sector and Regional profiles

The Victorian Biomass Assessment (from ABBA) regional profiles are extracts of the ABBA national project. The profiles reveal the estimated quantities of biomass availability (sustainable yield) for each of Victoria's regions for bioenergy or other higher value products.


More information

For initial stage investigation discussions, including biomass sourcing and early project staging, contact Kelly Wickham at 1300 363 744 or email info@sustainability.vic.gov.au

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