SURGING coal prices may be creating jobs in traditional power generation, but renewable energy is the focus of a conference in Mackay this week.
Today the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association and Mackay Regional Council will host the conference ‘Growing Renewable Fuels in Regional Queensland – Project Development and Opportunities in the North’.
Agricultural feedstocks for renewable energy, project developments and future industry opportunities in renewable fuels are among topics on the agenda.
The Mackay region has a rich history of producing fuels for renewable energy generation, Mackay mayor Greg Williamson says.
“We have been producing ethanol in the Mackay region since 1929 and have the capacity to produce enough bio fuels for Australia if the State and Federal Governments have the willingness to legislate a requirement for bio fuels as a mix,” Cr Williamson said.
“This industry and business focus on renewable fuels can only be good for the nation.”
The importance of enabling biofuel policy, current and emerging technologies, co-products and the importance of building a robust supply chain will also be on the agenda for the event.
Larissa Rose, Managing Director of QRFA said Mackay and North Queensland are in a strong position to take advantage of emerging opportunities for biofuels in the energy and agriculture sector.
According to Ms Rose, Tuesday’s event is reflective of the association’s strong business relationships in regional Queensland, and its support and direct engagement with renewable fuel project opportunities throughout the State.
“Building relationships within the region to support connectivity among stakeholders throughout the supply chain is a critical aspect of interlinking local and regional business with the current biofuels and expanding renewable fuels industry,” Ms Rose said.
The educational and networking event will bring local businesses, companies and interested parties together with key industry stakeholders, the Queensland State Government and the Mackay Regional Council.
“A robust renewable fuels industry will facilitate innumerable positive outcomes for the region, creating value through employment and associated agricultural, economic and environmental benefits,” Ms Rose said.