Forests absorb and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – through sustainable forest management practices, forests will play a critical role in the transition to a net zero carbon emission future beyond the fossil fuel era.
Sweetman Renewables Ltd plans to undertake a significant expansion to double the existing capacity of the sawmill through a new, automated low-quality log processing line with the ability to value add production to better support the growing demand from industrial, construction and building customers across Australia.
The expanded operation also provides the ability of the sawmill to boost production of timber waste material used to create biomass, providing another new significant revenue stream for the business.
Sweetman Biomass leverages the sawmill operation to grow biomass supply through the utilization of ultra low-quality logs, sawmill residues and the sourcing of wood waste from both forests and other wood processing facilities to provide a significant new revenue stream.
Hydrogen – Sweetman Renewables also has ambitious plans to produce green hydrogen. This second stage development will seek to produce green hydrogen commercially through the gasification of woodchips. Gasification is a process that converts biomass into carbon monoxide, hydrogen and carbon dioxide.
Biochar created by Sweetman offers an innovative solution to eliminating carbon waste while benefiting the local economy. The use of wood waste for production will mitigate forest fire risk, eliminate needless landfill waste and contribute to the environmental health of the region. Additionally, the creation of a profit stream from previously unused waste will encourage other sawmill facilities in Australia to initiate similar programs. Sweetman Renewables is proving that timber operations can remain profitable while contributing to the decarbonization of Australia.
Increasing use of bioenergy and wood products from sustainably managed forests is a simple way of reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere helping to abate the impacts of climate change.