Bioenergy could be the Morrison government's next step in its emissions reduction strategy, with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency calling for public submissions to develop an industry growth strategy.
Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said growth in use of bioenergy could reduce emissions, aid the agriculture sector and boost Australia’s fuel security.
“Bioenergy has the potential to grow as a future energy source in Australia, providing dispatchable energy while at the same time improving our fuel security and playing a role in reducing emissions,” Mr Taylor said.
“With the appropriate settings and pathways, the bioenergy sector can provide many benefits for Australia, such as safeguarding soil and water quality and making productive use of waste resources.
"Significantly, a strong bioenergy industry can also help to support our local farmers and bring more economic growth for regional areas."
Bioenergy is produced by processing organic materials, including agricultural waste and broadacre crops, to produce a range of energy sources including heat, methane and liquid fuels.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is developing the bioenergy strategy to form part of an overarching technology road map for Australia to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and meet its commitment under the Paris Agreement.