Residues2Revenues 2023

Step changes in wood residues utilisation
  • 25-26 July 2023, Rotorua, New Zealand
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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 are working 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.


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 Partner

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Event Sponsors

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Featured image for “Eagle Technology”
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Featured image for “AB Equipment, Vermeer, Tigercat”
Featured image for “Pentarch Forestry”
Featured image for “Bruks Klöckner GmbH”
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Featured image for “Wood Industry Development and Education Trust”
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FIEA Partners

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Featured image for “Trimble Forestry”
Featured image for “Mobile Mentor | Logrithm”
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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 will be available shortly.

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