29 November 2007

Australia: Bio-based industry small but growing

Government published reports on biofuels and products from plants

With four reports on biofuels, biobased products and co-products of biofuels, the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has published up-to-date information on the use of renewable resources in Australia.

According to the reports published in November 2007, there is substantial biobased products research and development activity in Australia but the industry is lagging behind other developed countries. The Australian industry is small but growing and mostly centred around biobased food packaging products. The report states the lack of a shared vision of the benefits of biobased products and their potential in Australia.

The Australian biofuel industry is still in its infancy and does not heavily rely on food as feedstocks. Therefore, there is currently negligible competition between biofuel and food production.


  • Biofuels in Australia – Some economic and policy considerations
  • Biobased products opportunities for Australian agricultural industries
  • Biofuel Co-Products as Livestock Feed
  • Bioenergy, Bioproducts and Energy – A Framework for research and development

All four reports (full reports and Summaries) can be downloaded here.

(Cf. news of 2007-10-23.)

Source: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), 2007-11.

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