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AUSTRALIAN BIOFUELS - HOW IS THE SECTOR LOOKING? (May 2020)

 

THE CURRENT PICTURE

As with the rest of the world, Australia is not immune to the international developments of the oil price crash combined with the unprecedented impact of COVID-19.  The full ramifications of the confluence of these two developments on the Australian biofuel industry remain unclear at this point. 

THE CHALLENGE

The confluence comes at an interesting time for the Australian biofuel sector and policy makers.  Outcomes are uncertain for the Australian industry having regard to, for example:

  • the impact of low oil prices on the economics of ethanol blending and biodiesel production
  • ethanol being directed to the higher value sanitiser market (while this may be short lived)
  • the development of Australia's Bioenergy road map
  • the impact of lower fuel consumption on emissions in Australia
  • the impact on biofuel trade with international markets
  • the potential mismatch between oil prices and biofuel feedstock prices
  • post-COVID 19 challenges facing the future industry.

 

2020 BIOENERGY ROADMAP - A RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR AUSTRALIAN BIOFUELS

Despite the continual revisions of (Federal and State) Government incentives, the Australian biofuel industry has shrunk and languished over the past ten years.  For example, in 2013 biofuel consumption amounted to about 6,800 barrels per day (bpd) or 0.6% of Australia's then liquid and gaseous transport fuel mix. In 2019 Australia consumed 4,500 bpd or 0.4% of Australia's transport fuel mix. This development negates those arguments for fostering a sustainable biofuel industry!

The  2020 ARENA Bioenergy Roadmap initiative provides a rare opportunity for a complete policy overhaul and an expose of the little understood economic and competitive realities the  Australian industry has to face to survive and grow. The Australian industry has more potential than currently realised. ARENA is conducting 'workshops' in May (registrations close 11th May 2020) and is calling for public submissions (by 29th May 2020) on how Australia can build its bioenergy sector and strengthen the country's energy security.  Click here for further details from ARENA

HOW APAC CAN ASSIST                                                                                                         

APAC Biofuel Consultants has been closely tracking, researching and advising the Australian (and international) biofuel sector since 2006. In addition to its advisory services to the Australian and international  energy markets, APAC's  annual report 'AUSTRALIAN BIOFUELS' have kept clients up to date on the economic, market, policy and investment plays in the  biofuel sector.  

If you wish to find out more about our proposed AUSTRALIAN BIOFUELS 2020 client Report, click here to see the proposed Table of Contents and click here for Price

 

APAC Biofuel Consultants, a joint venture between Ecco Consulting Pty Ltd and EnergyQuest Pty Ltd (www.energyquest.com.au), is a consultancy offering services to the biofuels industry in the following areas:
  • Independent industry reviews and studies (Australia and international)
  • Analysis and research
  • Demand and supply analysis, economics, and forecasts
  • Feedstock sourcing, valuation, pricing
  • Marketing and strategy development
  • Pricing strategies and competitor analysis
  • Sales/ offtake contract development and negotiation
  • Economics and pricing analysis
  • Government representation and policy development support policy
  • Industry Associations

Formed in 2006, APAC has become a leading specialist in biofuels and alternative fuels in Australia. It has undertaken many studies on biofuel pricing, price benchmarking, market analysis and forecasting and strategy analysis for government agencies, clients investing in biofuel facilities and, clients reviewing alternative fuel strategies, in Australia and overseas.

Clients include major oil companies, biofuel producers (existing and potential), investment banks, trading houses (petroleum and agriculture), governments (State and Federal), importers and terminal operators.

APAC Biofuel Consultants is noted for its comprehensive annual 'Australian Biofuels' report which is a key reference study for clients in the biofuel and alternative fuel industries in Australia. In addition, APAC Biofuel Consultants has made presentations at national and international conferences as well as to individual clients.

Contact us  for more information and further insights into the industry.

Other Biofuel Client Reports by APAC

  • Australian Biofuels 2019 - Policy Overhaul Overdue (in-depth analysis of all recent developments in the Australian biofuel industry).
  • Australian Biofuels 2018 - Emerging New Directions. (Marginal demand growth; biodiesel struggling still; mandate impact; bio-aviation fuel developments).
  • Australian Biofuels 2017 - Industry Dichotomy (declining demand; low oil prices impact on margins; new mandates for NSW and Queensland; advance biofuel projects update).
  • Australian Biofuels 2015-16, Mandates (revised excise regime; biodiesel slump; advanced biofuels gains).
  • Australian Biofuels 2014-15, More Changes.
  • Australian Biofuels 2013-14, Policy and Growth.
  • Australian Biofuels 2012-13, Where is the Growth?
  • Australian Biofuels 2011-12, Taking Stock.
  • Australian Biofuels 2010
  • Australian Biofuels 2009
  • Australian Biofuel Projects (2007, 2008)
  • Biofuels in Australia - A Growing Sector (2006).

Contact us to find out more about our studies and industry insights.