Biomass for business decarbonisation

Increasing the availability of biomass as a fuel source is a critical next step in boosting and accelerating business decarbonisation.

EECA’s Biomass Supply Chain Investment Fund is part of the expanded Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry (GIDI) Fund and is open for businesses and public sector organisations.

The programme follows important work recently completed in the South Island as part of EECA’s Regional Energy Transition Accelerator (RETA). RETA identified that one fuel source alone will not achieve the acceleration required to meet New Zealand’s emission budgets.

Investment in fuel supply infrastructure, where it enables and accelerates demand side transition in the electricity and biomass spaces, will future-proof renewable supply chains and stay ahead of rising demand.

Biomass will play a critical role in New Zealand’s transition to a low-emissions economy. Demand is increasing in the market for affordable biomass from fuel switching, but expansion of the market needs to happen now to meet demand.

Nicki Sutherland, EECA General Manager Business

About the Biomass Supply Chain Investment Fund

The proposed investment aims to address the 2 key biomass supply chain barriers identified through the RETA work EECA has carried out in the South Island.

  • The need for increased recovery, collection, preparation, and processing of raw biomass.
  • Increased production of boiler-ready fuel (e.g., hog fuel, dry chips, briquettes, and white pellets).

Projects will be industry led, and be practical, deliverable, and replicable.  

  • A key criteria of funding is to establish that additional biomass fuel will be used for energy decarbonisation.  
  • Priority will be given to projects where there is confirmed demand-side decarbonisation through biomass use. 

Find out more about RETA


Registrations of interest are now closed

Successful applicants from the ROI phase will be asked to participate in a subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) whereby co-funding will be made available to successful recipients to help increase large-scale use of biomass for process heating by businesses in the South Island.


Steps in the ROI process


 ROI opens   21 March 2023
 Supplier briefing   29 March 2023 
 Deadline for questions from Respondents   13 April 2023
 Deadline for EECA to answer Respondents questions   20 April 2023
 Deadline for Registrations   28 April 2023 
 Respondents notified of outcome (indicative)   Late May/June 2023


Supplier briefing webinar

The supplier briefing was hosted on Zoom on Wednesday 29 March at 2pm.

You can view the presentation slides below and click on the button to watch the webinar recording.

Download webinar slides [PDF, 509 KB]


Next steps

We will be looking to create a short list of respondents from this ROI process who will be invited to participate in a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Biomass Supply Chain Investment Fund.

Respondents will be told if they have been shortlisted in late May/early June 2023.