Congratulations to Mark Self and his team at Genera on their recent success in the Export New Zealand Bay of Plenty Awards 2018.
Genera won the Excellence in Innovation Award for its work supporting the New Zealand forest industry through the introduction of phosphine as an in-transit fumigant and the development of methyl bromide scrubbing technologies.
The introduction of phosphine in 2001 has reduced the need for methyl bromide by close to 2,000 tonnes per annum in 2018 – about 80% less than what would be needed if phosphine was not available.
Recent developments of liquid scrubbing technologies, for use at the end of fumigations prior to venting, have further reduced methyl bromide emissions. From 2020 onward, scrubbing technologies will need to be used in conjunction with methyl bromide fumigations.