Driving primary industry sustainability to the next stage
Leading Transformation Through Demonstration
The Lincoln University Energy Farm seeks to create the future model of sustainable multi-crop farming for Aotearoa New Zealand.
We aim to do this by building an energy demonstration farm that will:
A multi-crop energy demonstration farm showcasing the diversity of sustainable energy production technology aims to develop…
- Alternatives to fossil fuel and circular food production
- Sustainable alternatives to land use, energy, effluent/water and multi-crop production
- Enabled by partnerships
- Transformation through demonstration
- Showcasing agri-food-fibre production activities
A long-term problem to be solved
Carbon neutral by 2050
New Zealand’s Zero Carbon legislation has provided a time-frame of 30 years for completion of this transition, with 100% energy renewable by 2035.
Sustainable agri-food-fibre is key in that effort
Driven by small and medium-sized enterprises, the diversity of agri-food-fibre enterprises is large and the capital required to make the energy transition is limited.
Solutions must be ‘first time right’
With limited capital to make the energy transition, primary industry needs proof of concept demonstration before defining appropriate return on investment.
- Showcase solutions and demonstrate their feasibility for Agri-Food Aotearoa New Zealand
- The primary industry sector has trusted Lincoln University demonstration farms for more than 140 years
- Founding partner endorsement of demonstration, research and results
- Have the potential to test and de-risk new innovations before demonstration
- ‘Natural’ demand for new talent and skills will shape the future workforce
We aspire to work with a strong partner network to establish and grow the Lincoln University Energy Farm
- The farm, and its food network initiative, is open and transparent to all stakeholders
- It is founded on the principles of inclusivity and cooperation
- We envision community involvement but clear ownership
- It is aligned with the Primary Sector Council’s vision
Leading transformation through demonstration
to facilitate sustainable, feasible and bankable solutions
enable agri-food-fibre Aotearoa New Zealand
100% powered by renewable energy by 2035
carbon neutral by 2050
To show the most sustainable multi-crop energy and food production systems currently available to enable transformation.