Invest in bioenergy

Last updated: 25 June 2021

Offering support to project developers to navigate the approvals pathway and source funding options for bioenergy infrastructure.

Our goal is to divert organic material from landfill to:

  • recover valuable resources
  • harness the power of renewable energy
  • stabilise and drive down prices of energy
  • attract investment
  • create local jobs.

The Victorian Government has a legislative goal to achieve zero not emissions by 2050. Bioenergy helps achieve this by reducing waste going to landfill and offsetting fossil fuel energy sources. The target is also supported by the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets which include 40% renewable energy capacity by 2025 and 50% by 2030.

Read about the Victorian Governments emissions targets.

The Victorian Government’s 10-year policy and action plan for recycling and resource recovery is another critical lever for bioenergy. Bioenergy will play a major role in supporting the dual aspirations of halving organic waste from landfill by 2030 and increasing the proportion of renewable energy generated in Victoria to 50% by 2030 and Victoria's transition to a circular economy. With efforts to decarbonise mains gas, bioenergy could also play a role in supporting the transition to low to no emissions renewable thermal energy supply.

For more, read Recycling Victoria: A new economy.

Our New Energy Technology Sector Strategy also points out the need for a Bioenergy industry development plan. This action has been initiated through the previously administered $2.3 million waste to energy fund. The learnings of this program will be applied to the subsequent $10 million waste to energy support package announced in the Recycling Victoria policy.

For more read New Energy Technology Sector Strategy.

Bioenergy is one of the few solutions that supports the Victorian Government’s dual aspirations of achieving a net zero emissions, circular economy future.

For more, contact us at invest@sustainability.vic.gov.au

What is bioenergy

Bioenergy is generated from the recovery of organic matter from plants and waste streams.

Organic matter is called biomass and can include:

  • agriculture residues and waste products
  • biodegradable municipal waste
  • forestry residues
  • industry waste such as food, pulp and paper, abattoir residues
  • crops grown specifically for bioenergy.

Organic waste that ends up in landfill produces methane emissions (CH4) as it breaks down. Methane emissions are 25 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. Using organic waste as bioenergy reduces greenhouse gas emissions, not only through diversion from landfill but by displacing demand, through fuel switching of electricity, gas or liquid fuels.

Using waste as a resource

The Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment (ABBA) is funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Its purpose is to identify biomass resources for bioenergy across Australia, to catalyse investment in the renewable energy sector.

We are producing the Victorian segment of the ABBA project. We are generating biomass residue data from primary and secondary production sectors across Victoria.

To receive any of the Victorian Biomass Assessment sector and regional profiles email invest@sustainability.vic.gov.au.

Anaerobic Digestion Organics Testing results report

A biomass benchtop testing project was undertaken to ground truth and estimate biogas and nutrient recovery from selected biomass residue streams throughout Victoria. This was funded through the Australian Biomass for Bioenergy Assessment Project.

Up to 10 separate biomass residue streams were tested, including, but not limited to:

  • straw
  • poultry litter
  • supermarket and food retail outlet waste.

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Grants and investment

The following Victorian Government departments may have grants available for you:

Our investment facilitation service assists you in navigating the approvals pathway and to source funding options for bioenergy infrastructure.

Get in touch with invest@sustainability.vic.gov.au