Energy from Exotic Plantation Forests in New Zealand.
Plantation forests of nonindigenous tree species are a sustainable source of wood for fibre and energy. They represent the largest source of biomass for energy in New Zealand. This resource could be used to meet a significant proportion of our heat demand currently being met from coal and gas. There is significant potential to further expand the plantation estate in New Zealand with environmental benefits accruing due to reduced green house gas emissions and hill country erosion.