Forestry will drive New Zealand’s circular bioeconomy - no twig or needle wasted

Authors: Elspeth MacRae, Michelle Harnett
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2019, Issue N.Z.J.For. 64(3) 2019, pp 3-7, Nov 2019
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: New Zealand’s bioeconomy needs to expand and develop into one focused on sustainable design and renewable resources to meet the country’s future financial, social and environmental needs. Products from biomass can replace petroleum products and more. New Zealand’s largest source of biomass is planted forests. Trees have the potential to produce everything we need to transition to a circular bioeconomy. Aligning energy and raw material needs with resources and infrastructure would enable the production of high-value products, and utilisation of materials currently viewed as waste, thus creating prosperity in the regions and across the country. National, strategic and corporate leadership is needed now to build consensus and impetus to develop long-term planning and implementation.