New Zealand government aims to transform wood production

Bioenergy Insight Magazine
August 23, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The New Zealand government has released a plan to transform the country’s forestry sector so more trees are further processed locally and investment in a wood-based biomass fuel is increased. The Minister of Forestry launched the draft Forestry and Wood Processing Industry Transformation Plan in Christchurch and said it would boost innovation and investment and unlock the future of forestry and wood processing. …The plan has been welcomed by the Forest Owners Association which has been part of the consultation process to date. FOA President Grant Dodson said the plan was positive and it would hopefully result in action. …Dodson said the plan needs to attract outside investors to build new mills and for there to be success it will be a matter of overcoming road blocks like wood aggregation so there is enough wood in one place, and resource consent issues which can deter start-ups.

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