Turning forestry waste into biofuel could be a reality sooner thanks to a new Government project.

The 14-month project will study the feasibility of making biofuel from the waste product of forestry harvesting and processing. Material including sawdust, bark and harvest residue currently has little or no value, but could be commercially converted into biofuels.

If this waste material can be used as the source of commercial biofuel production, we will be able to maximise the return from every harvested tree in New Zealand.

It would also mean improved economic resilience for forestry, and increased employment and regional prosperity in regions that rely on forestry operations and processing.

The $13.5 million ‘Stump to Pump’ project has been approved for funding through the Primary Growth Partnership managed by the Ministry for Primary Industries.