Residues2Revenues 2023

Step changes in wood residues utilisation
  • 25-26 July 2023, Rotorua, New Zealand
    + LIVE Online

We have the potential to transform the forestry sector into a provider of biofuels, bioenergy and a range of renewable bioproducts. This event helps forest owners and managers, harvesting contractors, sawmills and wood manufacturing companies better understand the real value of wood residues and the opportunities in supplying this growing market.

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2023 Event Details

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The 2022 Residues2Revenues event barely scratched the surface. Feedback to the event provided significant guidance by all those attending and firm recommendations for a 2023 follow-up. Commercial announcements have already been made on major boiler conversions being planned for biofuels. More are in the pipeline.

Prevailing supply models are being discussed at a regional and corporate level to progressively drive the scale and supply chain reliability required, as discussed at R2R 2022. And since the 2022 event ran, the NZ Government has launched its Forestry and Wood Processing Industry Transformation Plan. It’s the country’s first strategy dedicated to boosting the forestry and wood processing sector in over a decade. And, as anticipated, better utilisation of bioenergy is very much a cornerstone of the new ITP.

Again, the timing’s going to be spot on. Residues2Revenues 2023 will be able to expand on key points made by presenters in 2022, cover recent technology advancements and dig much deeper into new and recent developments for co-ordinating the harvesting and extraction of wood residues and aggregation of regional biofuel supplies.

The Background

The Residues2Revenues 2022 event run in late July 2022 saw an amazing turnout from across the forestry and wood residues industries. It was a decade since the last wood residues programme had been run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA). Over 350 delegates, both in person and remotely were involved. It was testament to the growing recognition by forest owners, wood processors and those involved in log harvesting and wood transport, that demand for alternatives to fossil fuels is right now, transforming the forestry sector.

The 2022 conference, pre and post-conference workshops and exhibitions (inside and outside the venue) showcased new innovations and smart operating practices being used, locally and internationally, to harvest sort, dry, transport and sell forest residues, bin wood, offcuts left on landings, short length or malformed logs that weren’t meeting MDF, pulp-mill or chip export log specifications and sawmill residues.

Details on the expectations and requirements from a growing number of larger industrial scale heat and energy users who’d either made the switch to biofuels were outlined to those attending along with early discussions on a raft of options that could be set up to aggregate regional fuel supplies to ensure consistency of quality of the product and supply.

Discussions at the 2022 event also looked at how prevailing supply models to progressively drive scale and supply chain reliability could be changed. It was felt that growers, processors and in some cases consumers, all needed to be part of any future supply contract models.

The clear message from R2R 2022 was that demand for wood residues or biofuels is increasing exponentially, that much greater volumes of woody biomass were needed, that the economics for supply are really starting to stack up and that the forestry industry was committed to ensure that woody biomass would be available to meet current and the projected future demand.

What’s being covered?
  • Key drivers ensuring biomass conversions and bio-fuel investment in New Zealand
  • Regions under pressure. How are the regions handling unprecedented demand for biomass?
  • Biomass resources. Current and potential solid fuel demand. How much residue will be available: where, when and at what delivered cost
  • Wood residues payment – by weight, by volume or by energy content (weight and moisture content)
  • In-field chipping and grinding innovations
  • Logistics issues around loading and transporting wood residues
  • Residues recovery. In field vs skid or processing site vs centralised chipping options
  • New biomass boiler innovations – fuel types, selection & operation
  • Models for co-ordinating regional supplies of wood residues
  • New bio-products. Wood residue products/markets complementing wood fuels use
  • Bioenergy hubs. Aggregation of fuel supplies and suppliers to meet market demands
  • Heading the conversion charge from fossil fuels to biomass – drivers and requirements of larger scale industrial heat users
  • Changing the perception of biomass availability

Who Will Attend

  • Forest owners and managers
  • Harvesting and log cartage contractors
  • Wood processing and manufacturing operations
  • Wood fuel suppliers
  • Regional and District Council planners
  • Government policy staff
  • Wood chip, biomass and wood pellet users
  • Energy heat plant users and manufacturers
  • Researchers
  • Equipment, product and service suppliers to the industry


We have worked closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme. If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Brent Apthorp on or (+64) 3 470 1902.


Pre and post-conference workshops are available, free of charge, for conference attendees. To book, please select the workshop options when you register. Seats are limited. View the event programme for the full schedule.

Pre-Conference Workshop: In-Field Wood Chipping, Handling & Transport

9.30am to 12pm | Tuesday 25 July 2023
Free for Conference Attendees

An overview of the latest technologies from key suppliers involved in grinding, chipping, shredding and biofuel handling technologies for processing trees, forest slash, logging residues and stump wood. The workshop will also cover new funding assistance to encourage investment in biomass production, handling, processing, storage, and transportation.

Presentations by:

  • Brian Gray, Group VP Sales, Astec Industries, Inc., USA (remote)
  • Steve Cartwright, Sales Representative at Hydralada Co (Bandit Industries, Arjes)
  • Stefanie Muller, Area Sales Manager, Bruks Siwertell, Sweden
  • Tadahiro Hongo, Vermeer Asia Pacific, Singapore
  • George Perez, Morbark Industrial Sales, USA
  • Rob McBrearty, Biomass Market Development Lead, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA)

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Utilisation of Biomass: Key Considerations

1pm to 3pm | Wednesday 26 July 2023
Free for Conference Attendees

The conference explores the value that can be extracted from wood residues and provides examples of how forestry companies are developing efficient means of residue extraction. This workshop will build on the conference presentations by focusing on the important characteristics of residues when producing high-value energy products.

Generally, the residues sourced from forest or processing plants require treatment to make them viable fuel or feedstock. Those recovering residues for use as a wood fuel can ensure top $ if they understand the characteristics affecting value the most. The workshop is to assist residue suppliers to understand user requirements so that the residue provided doesn’t require reprocessing, as this increases costs and reduces value return to residue suppliers.

The workshop will cover how value is affected by the following:

  • Biomass form and quality
  • Moisture content effect on energy
  • Combustion effect of different methods of comminution
  • Boiler design
  • Storage and on-site handling
  • Transport
  • Logistics
  • Customer requirements

Workshop facilitators:

  • Brian Cox, Bioenergy Association
  • Rob Mallinson, Living Energy
  • Peter Hall, Scion
  • Windsor Energy

Co-ordinated by Bioenergy Association of NZ



Image URLSpeaker TaylorManaging DirectorGMT Logging Pty LtdAustraliaAdan joined the family business GMT Logging in 2004 after a 14-year career in accountancy. His business harvests Hoop Pine from the steep terrain plantations in the Mary Valley near Gympie in South East Queensland & has done so for over 40 years. ColemanOwnerCanterbury Woodchip SuppliesNew ZealandSpeaker WebsiteBrad's business supplies a diverse range of wood chip products across several sectors. He believes the outlook for wood fuel is positive and is looking forward to the next few years of challenges, which could see dramatic changes within the market. CoxExecutive OfficerBioenergy Association of NZNew ZealandSpeaker WebsiteBrian specialises in the development and quality assurance of biomass fuel supply markets and is a sought-after commentator on bioenergy and biofuels sector matters. He has worked across many public policy and energy projects over the last decade. JirkowskyGeneral ManagerPolytechnik Biomass Energy Pty LtdNew Zealand / is a leading expert in the Bioenergy Industry in Australasia. He has 30 years of experience in heat & power generation via wood, biomass fuels, emission control and heat recovery systems across Europe, Asia, Oceania and Americas. HeegDirector, Forestry SystemMinistry for Primary Industries MPI Te Uru RākauNew ZealandElizabeth leads a directorate that develops and delivers initiatives, policies and regulations to support sustainable land management and climate change goals, and improve the use of forestry and wood processing resources. McConnonProduction ManagerRayonier Matariki ForestsNew ZealandHamish is responsible for managing the harvest, distribution and sales of the Matariki Forests Canterbury Estate. He has extensive operational experience and is motivated and excited to be a part of the next steps forward for the supply chain. MulvihillHead of Energy & ClimateFonterraNew ZealandSpeaker WebsiteLinda leads the strategy and program to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions across the manufacturing sites, while also ensuring that the company has an economic and secure supply of energy. McGintyDirector, Energy ManagementAhika Consulting LtdNew ZealandSpeaker WebsiteLloyd has over 15 years in energy consulting and is involved in all aspects of the Otago, Southland & Canterbury wood biomass sectors. He has toured Europe and seen firsthand where NZ is heading and what challenges lie ahead to decarbonise the sector GauglerPortfolio Lead - Distributed - Circular ManufacturingScionNew ZealandMarc's portfolio spans the development of wood-to-biochemicals technology, eco-industrial symbiosis region, and the implementation of agile and circular manufacturing technologies. His vision is for NZ to be a global leader in bioprocessing tech. BrownDirector, Forest Research InstituteUniSCAustraliaSpeaker Website ,,Mark has 25 years of experience in forestry and biomass supply applied research and innovation. He is an internationally recognised RD&I leader and focuses on forest products, bioproducts and bioenergy supply chains. WellsHarvesting ManagerGreen Triangle Forest ProductsAustraliaMark started his career in South Africa and has had a diverse forestry career, from cable yarding to all forms of harvesting operations. Now in Australia, he has a passion for forest engineering, and love to see new ideas making small changes. CookeProject DirectorPort Blakey NZ Essential OilsNew ZealandSpeaker Website, began his career as a Technical Forester before becoming the Project Director of Port Blakely NZ Essential Oils. He oversaw the venture's growth into a newly formed subsidiary and managed the construction of a world-scale distillery in Otago. SutherlandGroup Manager Investment and EngagementEnergy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)New ZealandSpeaker WebsiteNicki joined EECA in 2021 and has over 20 years in the energy sector as a commercial and environmental lawyer. EECA is NZ’s leading agency in the transition to clean and clever energy, igniting change through co-investment, regulation, and advice. WatsonNZ Projects ManagerLicellaNew ZealandSpeaker Website spent 25+ years leading research & innovation in British Columbia, including work on mountain pine beetle fibre quality issues. He now provides consulting in Sweden, Canada, Australia and NZ supporting technology uptake and fibre quality. IrelandManagerWood Energy New ZealandNew Zealand has played an integral part in the growth of Wood Energy NZ. Through boiler installations, conversions, fuel sourcing and trials, and supply chain coordination, he brings a wealth of international experience to the wood fuel industry. HillPortfolio Leader - High-Value BiorefineriesScionNew ZealandStefan is a chemist who has been with Scion for 20 years. His focus is on fully recognising and valorising the emerging Circular Bioeconomy in NZ. This will shift where we get chemicals and products from to low-carbon, sustainable local sources. DrexlerEstate ManagerGreen Triangle Forest ProductsAustraliaSpeaker WebsiteWolfgang is a forester with 30 years of experience and spent the majority within the Green Triangle in Australia. His current role centre on yield regulation, silviculture and technology adaptation with an increasing focus on biodiversity management.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Residues2Revenues 2023 offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in harvesting, transporting, aggregating and using wood residues to maximise their exposure to the New Zealand and Australian industries.

Note: For similar FIEA events, space SOLD OUT well before the event ran. FIEA has earned a well-deserved reputation over 25 years of providing both event sponsors and exhibitors with a unique independent platform for promoting their products and services to forestry and wood products companies across this region.

Exhibition opportunities for this event include both stands inside the hotel venue, or space outside the venue for displaying larger equipment such as wood chipping and wood grinding machines, wood residue handling, slash and chip loading equipment and trucks. Please contact us for further information.

For early information on planned sponsorship options and benefits for Residues2Revenues 2023, or other upcoming FIEA events, please contact Gordon Thomson, FIEA Marketing & Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or (+64) 27 275 8022,

Premium Event Sponsor

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Strategic Partners

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Event Sponsors

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FIEA Partners

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Media Partners

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Rotorua, New Zealand

Distinction Hotel Rotorua
390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. Free car parking is available at the venue, however, spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Special accommodation rates:

  • Superior Room $185 (single|double|twin)
  • Deluxe Room $205 (single|double|twin)
  • Junior Suite $245 (single|double)
  • Executive Suite $285 (single|double)

* All accommodation rates incl. GST

View Hotel Website


Early Bird$895 + GST (Save $100)Early Bird ends Friday 16 June 2023. Standard rate of $995 + GST applies after this date. Rates are per person.Register2023-02-152023-06-16
Standard Rate$995 + GSTRate starts after 16 June 2023. Rates are per person.Register2023-06-172023-07-26
Group Rate (3-5)$795 + GST (SAVE $200pp)A minimum of 3 attendees is required for this special rate. Rates are per person.Register2023-02-152023-07-26
Large Group Rate (6+)$695 + GST (SAVE $300pp)A minimum of 6 attendees is required for this special rate. Rates are per person.Register2023-02-152023-07-26
Pre and Post Conference Workshops (In-Person Only)FREEWorkshops and networking functions are provided free for Residues2Revenues 2023 delegates onlyRegister2023-02-152023-07-26
Virtual Online (Internationals Only)$495*The conference programme, except the workshops, is being streamed live online. This is restricted to attendees from outside of New Zealand. No GST is charged for registrations outside of New Zealand. Access to live and on-demand event videos post-event. Rate is per person.Register2023-02-152023-07-26
Event has endedKeep an eye out for future dates2023-07-272023-08-25
Registration Details
  • The Conference Rate refers to your attendance in person at the Rotorua conference and exhibitions
  • Pre and post-conference workshop registrations form part of the online event registration process. Details are being collected during your registration.
  • Virtual Online registrations can be booked. These apply to companies from outside of New Zealand. This will ensure online attendance by Australian and other international companies.
  • All prices exclude GST (15%). For virtual online registrations from outside New Zealand, GST does not apply.
  • A credit card processing fee of 2.9% will be charged for all transactions.
  • The Early Bird Rate applies only to the standard conference rate. To be eligible for the Early-Bird Rate, registrations and payment must be received ON or BEFORE Friday 16 June 2023. All 'Early Bird' discounts require payment at the time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • Bioenergy Association of NZ Member Discounts of 10% apply to the listed Standard Conference Rate. A membership discount code can be obtained from the BANZ office.
  • Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA) Member Discounts of 10-25% apply to the listed Standard Conference Rate. FIEA Membership Details and Benefits can be seen on Membership status and discounts available can be checked by calling our FIEA offices.
  • For those attending the Rotorua event, the event registration payment covers morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • For Virtual Online registrations, your registration payment covers live access to all conference presentations, post-event access to presentation PPT’s (electronic download of PDF’s, for those presentations where presenter approval has been given) and recorded presentations, for a limited time and where speaker approval has been given.

COVID-19 related information:

  • The event organiser will work diligently to ensure that all instructions provided by the New Zealand Government and Health Authorities, relating to travel and the running of events because of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to. You can be sure that we will have all measures in place to safeguard your health and safety.
  • It is the responsibility of the sponsor, exhibitor or delegate if intending to travel to attend the Rotorua conference, to check on all updated health and Government guidelines for any specific entry requirements.
  • If for any reason the Rotorua venue was unable to be used because of COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed by the New Zealand Government, those registered to attend the physical event would be transferred to a new virtual online event that would be set up by the organisers.
  • Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions relating to any event related issues around COVID-19.

Cancellation policy:

For cancellations on or before Friday 16 June 2023, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.

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