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Biomass producers may have opportunity to turn their biomass into an investment opportunity by assisting in an Australia-wide biomass for bioenergy assessment (ABBA). ABBA aims to identify biomass waste streams at the source which are available for recovery into value-add products. This involves updating an interactive map with detailed information about biomass resources across Australia to attract investment in the renewable energy sector, particularly for bioenergy.

ABBA aims to assist organisations convert biomass residues from a cost-to-business into a feedstock with beneficial outcomes. This forms an important step in the process of diverting biomass residues from landfill, and other inefficient end processes, to extract value from biomass, benefitting the economy as a whole.

Sustainability Victoria (SV) invites you to participate in the 2016 Biomass Survey of Victoria. A 10 minute survey seeking the following information:


  • the type of industry you are involved in
  • your average total annual production
  •  the total amount and type of waste or residues produced
  •  the proportion of residue that is currently used
  • any issues associated with collecting or using residues that may currently be underutilised.

Industry specific data was obtained in 2011 as part of the Regional Biomass Assessment undertaken by Regional Development Victoria (RDV) and this data is now due for an update and expansion. The project will generate new datasets, and where possible, model data for estimating future residue flows, all of which will then be made compatible for uploading to the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) platform. The AREMI platform is an interactive map incorporating highly sophisticated analytics making it possible to display multiple layers of data simultaneously: Any data provided by respondents which is noted as being confidential or commercially sensitive will be aggregated in such a way that individual respondent’s results are not disclosed.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has provided funding to the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) to undertake ABBA and SV has taken the role of lead to deliver ABBA in Victoria.

In completing the survey, if you are happy for Arcadis, who are hosting the survey, to contact you to clarify or follow up on any information provided please leave your contact details. 

Should you have any other queries, please feel free to email or contact the Arcadis project manager, Selina Mok on ph: 03 8623 4118.

Sustainability Victoria 2016