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STIMBR - Stakeholders in methyl bromide reduction

Reducing export costs and trade risks are key benefits of a PGP programme that aimed to reduce the use of methyl bromide as a fumigant for the treatment of exported forest and horticultural products.


Programme ended

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Reducing the use of methyl bromide for fumigations.

The STIMBR programme ended on 30 June 2014. A link to the programme's final report is available on this page.

The STIMBR programme set out to research sustainable and effective alternative phytosanitary and biosecurity treatments for the fumigant methyl bromide, which is used for New Zealand logs and other primary sector products exported and imported. Methyl bromide is an ozone depleting substance, approved for quarantine and phytosanitary treatments. 

Programme achievements

The programme explored alternative fumigants, to reduce methyl bromide emissions and non-fumigant treatment options for methyl bromide. The programme achieved the following:

  • Implemented a nationwide monitoring protocol and methyl bromide reporting system to report annual methyl bromide use to the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Identified promising methyl bromide destruction technologies.
  • Developed possible methyl bromide recapture/recycling technology that is a candidate for commercial development.
  • Confirmed ethyl formate as a promising fumigant for kiwifruit (and by default other horticultural crops).
  • Identified that methyl bromide fumigation rates may be able to be reduced by 40 percent.
  • Prepared a model of the dispersion plume and methyl bromide concentrations following fumigations.
  • Developed a proof of concept for Joule Heating technology as a possible niche phytosanitary treatment for high value logs.
  • Developed gold standard approaches to fumigant research
  • Developed techniques for establishing self-sustaining colonies of wood boring insects held in captivity and utilised for research.
  • Developed an understanding that there is no single alternative for methyl bromide and that a number of tools and technologies will be needed to fully replace it.

The work completed by the programme will allow industry to keep up the good momentum as it seeks alternative treatments for methyl bromide and the development of technologies to reduce emissions to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2020 deadline for no release of Methyl Bromide to the atmosphere.

Audit

Programme Evaluation Report

Key facts

Programme start: September 2011 
Programme end: June 2014
Length: 2¾ years
Total programme cost: $2.65 million
Crown funding paid out to the programme for work done to 31 August 2017: $1,184,031
Commercial partners: Stakeholders in Methyl Bromide Reduction Inc

Final report

STIMBR Stakeholders in Methyl Bromide Reduction Incorporated Primary Growth Partnership Programme - Final Report June 2014

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Quarterly Progress Report Summaries

April - June 2012 - STIMBR Executive Summary

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PGP Executive Summary

April - June 2013 - STIMBR Executive Summary

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April - June 2014 - STIMBR Executive Summary

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January - March 2012 - STIMBR Executive Summary

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January - March 2013 - STIMBR Executive Summary

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January - March 2014 - STIMBR Executive Summary

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July - September 2012 - STIMBR Executive Summary

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October - December 2012 - STIMBR Executive Summary

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October - December 2013 - STIMBR Executive Summary

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September - December 2011 - STIMBR Executive Summary

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