Task 38 - Greenhouse Gas Balances of Biomass and Bioenergy Systems

Conference on:

The Role of Carbon Sequestration and Bioenergy in National and International Greenhouse-Gas Markets

 Rotorua, New Zealand
22 - 23 March, 2004

Jointly organised by


Scope and objectives of the conference

 The conference focused on the role of carbon sequestration and bioenergy projects in national and international greenhouse-gas markets. It provided a forum for discussions on

  • Bioenergy and carbon sequestration projects: policies, accounting, and credit trading: overview of climate policy in NZ, domestic projects mechanisms and Bioenergy/carbon sequestration in NZ, relationship between emissions trading  systems and the Kyoto Protocol flexible mechanisms, the EU emissions trading scheme as an example.
  • Carbon monitoring and accounting of agriculture, forestry and harvested wood products: accounting for afforestation and reforestation activities – implementation of the LULUCF GPG, accounting and reporting of emissions  from harvesting, HWP and bioenergy by an alternative accounting system in NZ.

 The day after the conference a 1 day field tour gave opportunity to visit

  • the Reporoa dairy ethanol plant in Fonterra;
  • the Kaingaroa /Whaka forest of Kaingaroa Timberlands in the surroundings of Rotorua;
  • the biomass fired Combined Heat and Power Plant of the Waipa Mill in Rotorua;
  • the Lockwood Factory in Rotorua, which produces wood buildings.


Conference Program

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Monday, 22 March 2004




Welcome and Introduction
Judy Lawrence,New Zealand Climate Change Office, Wellington, New Zealand

John Gifford, Forest Research, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Kimberly Robertson, Force Consulting, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Session 1: Bioenergy and Carbon Sequestration Projects: Policies, Accounting, and Credit Trading


NZ Climate Change Policy. Judy Lawrence, NZ Climate Change Office, Wellington, New Zealand.
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Climate Change Policy and the New Zealand Forest Industry. Bruce Chapman, Co- Chair NZ Forest Owners Association,  NZ Forest Industries Council Environment Committee, Auckland, New Zealand
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The Effect of the Government ´Projects´ Mechanism on the Uptake of Bioenergy for Industry in New Zealand. Rob Mallinson, Living Energy, Auckland, New Zealand.
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Coffee Break


Relationship between Emissions Trading Systems and the Kyoto Protocol Flexible Mechanisms, from the Perspective of Bioenergy and Carbon Sequestration. Bernhard Schlamadinger,  Joanneum Research, Graz, Austria, and Kees Kwant, Novem, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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Tools for Evaluation of Project-Level and National-Level Measures for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Based on Carbon Sinks and Bioenergy in the UK. Robert Matthews, Forest Research, Farnham, UK.
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Energy Use, Costs and GHG Emissions of International Biotrade Chains; Identification of Effective Schemes. Andre Faaij, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
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Overview of a Model to Estimate the Greenhouse-Gas Balance of the New Zealand Forest Industry. Isabel Loza-Balbuena, Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand
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The Role of Woody Biomass Energy Crops in GHG Mitigation. Adele Calvert, Massey University, Palmerston North,  New Zealand
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Carbon Sinks and Biofuels - Optimal Greenhouse Mitigation Strategies with Inclusion of Feedback  Effects of the Global Carbon-Cycle. Miko Kirschbaum, CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products, Kingston, Australia.
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Coffee Break

Session 2: Carbon Monitoring and Accounting of Agriculture, Forestry and Harvested Wood Products


Accounting for Afforestation and Reforestation Activities –Implementation of the IPCC Good Practice Guidance for Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry. Bernhard Schlamadinger, Joanneum Research, Graz, Austria
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Accounting and Reporting of Emissions from Harvesting, HWP and Bioenergy: An Alternative Accounting System in NZ. Justin Ford- Robertson, FR Initiatives, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Harvested Wood Products: Long Term Storage of Forest Carbon. Dave Gardner and Fabiano Ximenes,  State Forests New South Wales, Beecroft, Australia
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Summation and closing comments


End of Session


Conference Dinner Grand Tiara Hotel


List of Participants

Link to PDF file