‘Renewable energy’ – the new woodchip industry?

EEG recently made a submission to the federal review of the Renewable Energy Targets (RET) focusing on the plan to allow the burning of native forest trees as ‘renewable’ energy.

In the government’s review it states under 6.3:

“The Government is committed to the reintroduction of wood waste derived from native forest as an eligible renewable energy source under the LRET.”

‘Waste’ has been taken from our forests for the last four decades by the woodchip industry at 5-10 times the rate of sawlogs. That is – the ‘waste’ drives the logging. So it would if used for power generation.

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