Gov­ern­ment comes good with In­sti­tute fund­ing

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

A PRE-elec­tion pledge of $4 mil­lion in the Fed­eral Bud­get to es­tab­lish a Na­tional In­sti­tute for For­est Prod­ucts In­no­va­tion has come to fruition..

Aus­tralian For­est Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion (AFPA) Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Ross Hamp­ton said work was al­ready un­der way to es­tab­lish two key nodes of the In­sti­tute in Launceston, Tas­ma­nia and Mt Gam­bier, South Aus­tralia.

“This in­vest­ment is recog­ni­tion that in a car­bon con­strained global econ­omy in which re­new­able re­sources are at a pre­mium, the for­est prod­ucts in­dus­try can play a key role in Aus­tralia’s in­no­va­tion agenda,” he said.

“With com­mit­ments from state govern­ments and in­dus­try over time, the In­sti­tute has the po­ten­tial to become the fo­cal point of a strate­gic net­work of re­search ‘nodes’ that re­flect in­dus­try pri­or­i­ties, and re­in­forc­ing the good work be­ing done in other in­dus­try-led R&D ef­forts.

“The ma­jor path­ways for our in­dus­tries to con­trib­ute to cli­mate change pol­icy and Aus­tralia’s in­no­va­tion agenda in­clude:

the car­bon se­questered in grow­ing forests;

the car­bon stored in har­vested wood and pa­per prod­ucts;

the sub­sti­tu­tion of high emis­sions ma­te­ri­als (e.g. steel, con­crete) with wood and other fi­bre based prod­ucts that have low em­bod­ied en­ergy, in­clud­ing new in­no­va­tive bio­prod­ucts; and

the use of woody biomass for re­new­able and baseload en­ergy gen­er­a­tion (in­clud­ing for re­new­able heat and bio­fu­els), thereby dis­plac­ing fos­sil fu­els.

“AFPA looks for­ward to work­ing with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and other part­ners to en­sure that the In­sti­tute be­comes a per­ma­nent fix­ture in our in­dus­try’s R&D land­scape,” Mr Hamp­ton said.

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