BURGEONING BIOFUEL IN THE FAR NORTH
Written on the 16 June 2015
AS the world continues to recognise the benefits of biofuel, North Queensland prepares to make itself a larger part of this solution.
An ethanol mandate will be discussed at a public forum at Mareeba, where the Government plans to unveil their intention of creating a larger and more sustainable biofuel industry on the Atherton Tablelands.
Energy Minister Mark Bailey says the department will be working within the area to help locals capture the market share of ethanol production.
"We want the far north to be part of this sustainable energy solution," says Bailey.
"The Mareeba forum is one of a number of regional forums being held across the state to encourage industry, key stakeholders and the community to have their say about the ethanol mandate."
The Minister says encouraging biofuel blends will also be on the agenda, given the state's growing demand for and heavy reliance on diesel.
A study conducted by Deloitte Access Economics and QUT forecasts that bio-refining could inject $1.8 billion in gross state product to Queensland and create more than 6,640 jobs over the next two decades.