technical workshops on the ETS
MAF of deforestation
Imports to U.S.
million more for black liquor technology
Feasibility of a wood to ethanol plant using a thermo-chemical process
Patrick Milne email@example.com
John Dermer firstname.lastname@example.org
Denis Hocking email@example.com
-Taupo & Districts
Ian Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
-Sthn High Country (north)
Neil Cullen email@example.com
-Men of Trees
-Sthn High Country (south)
Dean Satchell firstname.lastname@example.org
Branches must notify Head Office of any levy change
A reminder to advise National Office of changes by 18th May.
1990 FOREST OWNERS
June 30th 2009: Growers with less than 50 ha, last day to apply for an
exemption from ETS;
July 31st 2009: last day to apply for allocation of free units.
NZIF/MAF technical workshops on the ETS
register as soon as possible, preferably by the 6th of May
The NZIF and the MAF have arranged six workshops to cover aspects of
the operation of the ETS as it currently applies to forests. It is
expected that each workshop will cover:
Procedures for applying to register for the ETS
Applying for an NZEUR holding account
ETS mapping Standard and Mapping Guide
Use of carbon look-up tables and filing emissions returns
MAF is providing the lecturers and workshop material. We are looking at
the possibility of a short NZIF update session at the end of each
workshop. We are open to ideas of what this could involve.
The workshops are being held as follows (note venue and time may be
subject to change):
The Nelson workshop will be followed by the NZIF 2009 AGM at around
2:30 pm and the NZIF Awards Dinner in the evening. The NZIF 2009
conference will take place on Monday 8 June, with a field trip on
Tuesday 9 June.
Attendance will count for four hours of type one CPD for Registered
Members. Please direct enquiries to Andrew McEwen
The registration form can be found here.
While the workshops are primarily aimed at NZIF members, non-members
are welcome to attend. Please pass on details to those that you feel
would be interested in attending.
Afforestation Grants Scheme
is a reminder that the 3rd Tender Round of the Public Pool for the
Afforestation Grants Scheme closes on 30 April 2009 . Further
information on this scheme and tender forms can be obtained at the
following web address or by contacting a sustainable programmes advisor
at your local MAF office in Whangarei, Rotorua, Gisborne, Hastings ,
Nelson, Christchurch or Dunedin . (www.maf.govt.nz/climatechange/forestry/initiatives/ags/)
Notifying MAF of deforestation
(From MAF’s Sustainable
Forestry Bulletin – Issue 6)
If you own forest land established before 1 January 1990 you must
notify MAF of any deforestation greater than two hectares of forest
since 1 January 2008 . The deadline for notification of deforestation
that occurred in 2008 was 31 January 2009 . The deadline for the
notification of deforestation that occurred since 1 January 2009 is 20
working days from the date of the deforestation.
To notify MAF, download and complete the form at: http://www.maf.govt.nz/sustainable-forestry/ets/forms/.
Return the completed notification form either to the email or postal
mail address provided on the form. You will also need to apply for a
New Zealand Emissions Unit Register holding account. You can do this at
Failure to notify deforestation of more than 2 hectares by 31 January
2009 may result in the landowner committing an offence under s 129 of
the Climate Change Response Act 2002.
Exemptions: If you own less than 50 hectares of forest land you may be
entitled to an exemption. To find out about the “less than 50
hectares” exemption visit: http://www.maf.govt.nz/sustainable-forestry/ets/guide/.
Registration: You may be entitled to voluntarily register forest land
that was established after 31 December 1989 in the Emissions Trading
Scheme. You will also need to apply for an NZ Emissions Unit Register
holding account. You can do this at https://www.eur.govt.nz/eats/nz/.
For further information on deforestation, exemptions or registration
please visit: www.maf.govt.nz/sustainable-forestry/ets/guide.
Questions? If you are unsure of your obligations and entitlements under
the Emissions Trading Scheme visit: http://www.maf.govt.nz/sustainable-forestry
or call 0800 CLIMATE (0800 254 628).
Wood imports to US
USA is introducing new legislation for exporters of wood and wood fibre
products. The new legislation, referred to within the ‘Lacey
Act’, relates to a requirement for a statutory declaration for
the plant species and forest source for all wood and wood fibre
material imported into the US . This is intended to prohibit the
importation of illegally logged wood products into the US .
The Wood Processors Association has prepared a summary paper on the
Lacey Act, and is seeking industry response before sending a formal
notification to the US on the requirements of this legislation. More
All enquires should be directed to Peter Bodeker of the Wood Processors
This documentary film entitled ‘A Convenient Truth’ has
just been released
by the UK Forestry Commission and FAO . You may already know of it
but if you don't you can download it from the FAO website http://www.fao.org/forestry/52980/en/.
It's quite a large file (220 MB) but is well worth watching. The film
runs for 17 minutes.
$20 million more for black liquor technology
Sweden's Chemrec has received US$20
million in a third round of financing to help it commercialize its
technology for turning black liquor into a fuel. Black liquor is
a liquid biomass produced in pulp and paper processing. Chemrec has
come up with a way to efficiently gasify it before converting it into
motor fuels. The process can also be used to produce electric power.
Putting the opportunity into perspective, there's enough black liquor
in the world to produce 45 billion litres of fuel a year, or enough to
displace 2 percent of the global fuel demand. (GreenTechMedia)
The Feasibility of a wood to ethanol plant using a
for EECA (public release version) - August 2008
In a base case modelling scenario the plant produces 150m litres of
ethanol and consumes 770,000 tonnes of wood per year. The total
investment required to build the plant would be NZ$170m. The
breakeven selling price is NZ$0.72 per litre.