Labor’s Climate Change Action Plan clearly states that Labor will develop a Bioenergy Strategy to boost the development of this important industry in Australia.

The North East Forest Alliance comments are misleading that “the only current fuel source for bioenergy is native forests”.

There are many types of bio energy and Labor will look at all resources including agriculture and animal waste.

Labor will develop a bioenergy plan to explore ways for Australia to meet its emission reduction goals, help reduce waste, improve energy security and boost regional development.

In regards to the criticism about holding a National Forestry Summit, Labor considers it important for the sector itself to be a part of the strategy to support the growth of a more sustainable and prosperous forestry industry.

Background

As a part of its Climate Change Action Plan, released 1 April 2019, Labor announced it would develop a Bioenergy Strategy to boost the development of this important industry in Australia ($2 million over the forward estimates).

Bioenergy has significant potential in helping Australia meet its emission reduction goals, help reduce waste, improve energy security and boost regional development.