Azwood Energy's Stories
ICCC’s “Accelerated Electrification” Misses the Mark on Process Heat
Early Adopters Ahead of the Game in Renewable Energy
Azwood Energy welcomes the Interim Climate Change Committee’s “Accelerated Electrification” report, which investigated the potential of electricity in greenhouse gas reduction. Azwood Energy agrees with the Committee’s view: “The challenge is clear – it is not so much about reducing emissions from the generation of electricity in a narrow sense, but it is about using low or zero-emissions energy to fuel the economy. Click here for more details
Proactive and forward-thinking industry players are already approaching renewable wood energy suppliers, such as Azwood Energy, to implement changes to their systems which will see them ahead of the game in emissions reductions. Click here for more details
A 100% Renewable Electricity Pipedream
Are Your Pellets ENplus Certified?
The Government's plan to move to wholly renewable electricity by 2035 is "extravagant" and could drive up the electricity prices by 30 per cent, industry insiders have heard. Coupled with recent findings that fossil fuel-generated electricity production has driven up our emissions, now is the time for government to take bold action to promote woody biomass as an energy alternative for industry. Click here for more details
Why ENplus® A1 Pellet Fuel is the Best
Standards and certifications provide guidance as to quality, however, there is a broad range of these, and some wood pellet manufacturers opt to meet lower thresholds to save costs. Azwood Energy is different, Azwood Energy stands for quality. That is why Azwood Energy chooses to produce its premium wood pellet fuel to the highest specification available.
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Not all fuel for pellet fires is of the same quality. With different standards used in the market, it can be difficult to make comparisons. This article explores the differences in pellet fuel standards, and what those variations mean for you, the consumer, so you can make an informed choice when purchasing pellets.
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Time's Up for Schools to Move on Emissions
Azwood Expertise Endorsed
Last Friday around 17,000 school students from Northland to Southland walked out of school to protest government inaction over climate change. They formed part of an international movement, Schools Strike 4 Climate, which saw 1.6 million take part across the globe. Click here for more details
Electricity Price Volatility
On confirming Brewerton’s registration, Bioenergy Association, (BANZ), Chief Executive, Brian Cox, noted Brewerton’s registration, “with endorsement for fuel and fuel handling”, reflects his optimisation of specific wood fuel systems across several high-level projects. Click here for more details
Government and Industry Back Wood Energy
With “considerable uncertainty” in the market, the fragility of electricity supply has been thrown into sharp relief recently – meaning the attractions of utilising woody biomass for process heat production are now even greater. Click here for more details
Co-firing Conversions Heating Up Across the Country
Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods, has given a resounding endorsement for bioenergy, saying “wood energy will make a significant contribution” to New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy, as she formally opened Fonterra’s wood energy co-firing system in Nelson yesterday. Click here for more details
Wood Fuels in the Top of the South
Iconic New Zealand companies and large multi-nationals are increasingly making the switch to wood fuels prompted by a variety of business, economic and environmental factors. With a breakthrough innovation, proven fuel-blending technology is available to trial co-firing with wood energy, anywhere in New Zealand. Click here for more details
MBIE's GHG Figures Define Clean Energy
Schools and businesses in the Top of the South are increasingly making the environmentally-conscious choice to transition from fossil fuels to using sustainable, clean wood energy. In doing so, they are reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions, improving our air quality and saving money. Click here for more details
MBIE has released figures which illustrate wood fuel is the cleanest energy consumed for process heat in New Zealand, by a huge margin. The data indicates that replacing fossil fuels with wood energy could drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while it lists electricity as the third largest emitter of GHGs. So why is the government incentivising electricity through capital funding for projects, while wood fuel is not being robustly promoted? Click here for more details
Reasons to Fuel Switch to Wood Energy
Switching from fossil fuels to wood energy is the forward-thinking choice. Read our five top reasons.
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New Zealand's Air: Why We Shouldn't 'Breathe Easy'
Emissions from home heating accounted for about 25% of larger particulate matter and a third of finer particulates recorded in 2015. Measurements Show that a majority of sites tested, (30 out of 51) showed pollution exceeding the National Environmental Standards or Air Quality at least once in the last 3 years. This occurs mostly when home-heating emissions are high in the cooler months and weather conditions are favourable for the build-up of pollutants. Click here for more details
Renewable Energy Futures: Biomass & Electricity
The utilisation of woody biomass as a fuel source for industrial processing will be vital to meeting New Zealand’s emissions targets, according to a local energy expert. Dr Martin Atkins, Senior Research Fellow with Waikato University’s Energy Research Group, has advised some of New Zealand’s most iconic companies on their path towards lower emissions, from dairy giant, Fonterra, to pulp and paper processor, Oji. Click here for more details
Wood Residues Circular Economy
Azwood Energy is cleaning up forestry slash and using it as a low-emission energy source to power industry and heat New Zealanders. The residues are then used to give back to the land – all helping to supercharge the New Zealand economy, while creating an alternative to fossil fuels. Click here for more details
Low Emissions Report - Executive Summary
The Commission found that early action on key policy reforms is needed if New Zealand is to achieve its emissions‑reduction goals. Amongst the numerous changes that will be required across the economy – some disruptive, some less obvious – three particular shifts must happen for New Zealand to achieve its low-emissions goals. Click here for more details
Woody Biomass - the Obvious Solution
Biomass the Big Winner – Productivity Commission Low-Emission Economy Report
Woody biomass was the big winner when the final Productivity Commission Report on a Low-emissions Economy was released last week. In the draft report, due to misinformation, biomass was and had its carbon neutrality called into question by fossil fuel interest groups. However, following a landslide of submissions, led by Azwood Energy, biomass subsequently received widespread support from industry and academia. Click here for more details
Otago Set To Lead New Zealand In Renewable Wood Energy
A recent report on wood energy has identified a means to reduce carbon emissions in Otago equivalent to removing 237,000 cars from the road. A committee will be formed shortly in Otago as the region looks to make resourceful decisions and increase the use of
One perplexing question arising in the wake of the release of the NZ Productivity Commission’s low-emission economy report, is why has the Government not realised that lowering emissions and the One Billion Trees Programme have one thing in common - woody biomass. Click here for more details
carbon neutral wood biomass as a source of energy
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How-to Guide: Choosing a Pellet Fire
Are you building a new home? At Azwood Energy, we understand it can be a stressful time with numerous decisions to be made, decisions that you will have to live with into the future. Your choice of home heating, particularly, can impact your on-going costs considerably. Click here for more details.
Carbon Kiwis Beat Firewood Shortage with Azwood Pellets
Recent news stories have highlighted the nationwide shortage of firewood, with regions such as Christchurch, Taranaki, Bay of Plenty and Wellington being particularly hard hit. Click here for more details.
Carbon Neutral Bio-mass
It's very simple to understand that coal, gas and diesel are high-carbon emitting pollutants - but why is forest biomass used to produce wood energy considered carbon neutral. Click here for more details.
The Launch of Eco Pellets
Currently, the only way to purchase pellet fuel (a natural, low emission product) is in large plastic bags that many councils won’t accept in a recycling bin. With the bags from all pellet producers potentially totalling 1 million large bags per year – Azwood Energy moved to reduce the environmental impact by giving customers a recyclable, biodegradable option. Click here for more details.
The Hard Truth of Soft Plastics
Recently at Azwood Energy, we received feedback from some of our pellet fuel customers enquiring whether their wood fuel pellet bags were recyclable. This prompted Azwood to look into this issue further. Click here for more details.
Azwood Hits 65% Growth Through Strategic Recruitment
Ben Crawford reveals why the former plant manager at Fonterra’s Canpac shifted his family of four across New Zealand to join Azwood Energy as one of 15 newly created strategic roles in the Nelson-based renewable energy organisation. Click here to read more.
Banking on Biofuel
A shift from coal to efficient use of wood scraps has put a family-owned Nelson biofuel company at the top of the heap in the renewable energy market. Azwood Energy has been in the energy supply game for 38 years after starting out as a coal supplier before turning to wood energy 13 years ago to meet the growing trend towards reducing carbon footprints and improving air quality. Read The Nelson Mail story here.
Azwood Energy Adopts Leading Production Efficiency Measure
As Azwood Energy has grown the scale of their wood fuel supply, the business has been adopting production and plant efficiency measures. The new measures engage the fuel production staff and helps them to easily identify opportunities to improve efficiency in the manufacturing process, enhancing the reliability of fuel supply to consumers. Click here for details
Brook Brewerton Appointed as Azwood Energy General Manager
Azwood Energy announces the appointment of Brook Brewerton as General Manager in a leadership restructure, following key personnel acquisitions in key areas of the business. New Zealand’s wood energy supplier of Biomass Hog Fuel, wood chip and wood pellet fuel have a new board structure, welcoming an external advisory board to the fold. Former General Manager Alan Hinton moves to a senior in-house advisory role, Ferg Brewerton is Chief Executive Officer and Ben Homan moves into the role of Sales Manager. Click here for details.
Azwood Energy, Celebrating 40 Years of Operation
We believe in being resourceful and making the most of what we have been given.
This simple statement “our why” has driven our business for 40 years. It’s the reason we clean-up forestry sites to reduce erosion and use the residue to replace coal in huge boiler systems. And the reason we produce wood chip from logs to help reduce emissions in our communities. Click here for more details.
If Energy Grew on Trees
It is always refreshing when structures and processes work as they were designed to. It’s an absolute triumph when it involves the public sector, an industry body and business. To their credit, this was our recent experience with the Productivity Commission. Click here for more details.