Bioenergy Association of New Zealand (BANZ)

Bioenergy Association of New Zealand (BANZ)

The Bioenergy Association represents its members based in New Zealand and Australia. We provide assistance and a wealth of bioenergy information to support members` business and promote their expertise and capabilities for undertaking activities in the New Zealand, SE Asia, Australian and Pacific with regard to bioenergy related solutions. Membership is open to anyone with a commercial interest in bioenergy. Our members include land and forestry owners, wood processors, feedstock suppliers, fuel and energy suppliers, equipment supplies, manufacturers, consultants, contractors, energy researchers, educators, regulators and investors. We advocate to Government on bioenergy related policy, develop best practice Technical Guides for New Zealand and Australia, host workshops and webinars and assist potential investors in bioenergy based solutions to assess technologies, market opportunities and market risks.

Company details

PO Box 11-595, Manners Street , Wellington , 6142 New Zealand

Locations Served

Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Energy - Bioenergy
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)
Year Founded:

The Association websites below are portals for promoting the experience and capabilities of members. Information and experience is provided through the Bioenergy Knowledge Centre. These three special topic interest groups open to any Bioenergy Association member, each with its own committee and topic webpage.

Bioenergy Association is committed to reducing its own carbon footprint and to avoid travel related emissions undertakes most meetings by video conferencing.

Discuss joining the association

  • Details on joining the association can be found here -  joining the association 
  • Please feel free to contact Brian Cox, the association’s executive officer to discuss your bioenergy related issues.


The Bioenergy Association vision is:  Economic growth and employment built on New Zealand’s capability and expertise in forestry, wood processing and bioenergy production from waste - leading to new business opportunities which by 2050 could more than double biomass energy supply up to 27% of the country’s energy needs, with a consequential 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions*. [* compared to 2017]

  • To support its members to build successful businesses based on bioenergy and biofuels
  • To encourage the use of New Zealand's abundant biomass resources and provide renewable energy in the form of heat, electricity and transport fuels, sustainably and cost-effectively
  • To promote the environmental benefits of bioenergy, including greenhouse gas mitigation and waste avoidance, to the wider community
  • To facilitate implementation of commercial bioenergy projects that contribute to business resilience and regional economic benefits.
Bioenergy Strategy

The Bioenergy Association has led the sector development of a strategy to achieve the vision. The Bioenergy Strategy sets out a pathway across the biogas, wood energy and liquid biofuels sectors leading to the achievement of economic growth, employment and environmental outcomes, including greenhouse gas mitigation.

Economic growth

Achievement of the strategy would result in establishment of a $6billion sector.

Greenhouse gas emissions reduction

The Government’s 50:50 proposal1 aims to reduce net CO2e emissions by 31 million tonnes annually by 2050.  It is estimated that the New Zealand Bioenergy Strategy could deliver by 2040 biofuels which could provide nearly 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions needed. Transport using biofuels would provide most of the estimated CO2e savings at just under 11 million tonnes per year or 35% of the total required.

Link to the Government's Business Growth Agenda

The Bioenergy Strategy is firmly linked to the Government's Business Growth Agenda.