Biomass sources

Sources of biomass

Biomass in the form of wood fibre, currently used as heat plant fuel or for the production of engineered wood products such as MDF panel board, is also emerging as a feedstock for the production of biofuels from biomass. Wood fibre is also used for the extraction of biochemicals for the production of bio-based materials to replace plastics such as which are currently produced from fossil fuel sources.

New Zealand

Forestry and harvest residues

Process residues

Biomass from municipal waste


Information on biomass resources in Australia is found on the Biomass Producer website


In New Zealand biomass is derived from three sustainable sources: Municipal waste, agricultural and food processing residues, and plantation forestry.

Using the organic waste or residues from communities and manufacturing is a key objective of sustainable living. It also makes sound sense and can lead to economic benefits of new products and employment. We are good at producing waste and we do it 365/24 so it is a no brainer that we should look at the value that we can extract from it. Energy and the co-products of energy is one of those products.

Biogas technologies can be used to reduce  animal effluent run-off to waterways and agricultural residues can be used to improve operating performance of anaerobic digestor equipment.