Finland to require 30% biofuel, 10% advanced biofuel by 2030

Source: By Erin Voegele, Biomss Magazine • Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

On Feb. 6, the Parliament of Finland voted in favor of a law that aims to require transportation fuel to be comprised of 30 percent biofuel by 2030, with advanced biofuels accounting for 10 percent of transportation fuel by the same year. The requirements for transportation fuel would ramp up starting in 2021.

According to information released by the government, the law would also require biofuel to make up a portion of light fuel oil used for heating, machinery and fixed engines. That requirement would also begin in 2021 and increase through 2028, when it would reach 10 percent.

UPM and Neste have spoken out in support of the biofuel mandates.

“Neste shares the Finnish Government’s view that we need a large amount of sustainably produced biofuels in order to reduce climate emissions fast and sufficiently enough in the next decade,” said Ilkka Räsänen, director of public affairs at Neste. “We need multiple solutions for reducing emissions: energy efficiency, better traffic planning, more public transportation as well as new technologies such as electric and gas-powered vehicles.

“The advantage of liquid biofuels is that they are already available on a large scale today,” Räsänen continued. “Biofuels produced from waste and residues, such as Neste MY Renewable Diesel, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 percent in comparison to fossil fuels. Liquid biofuels are fully compatible with the existing infrastructure so they can be used in the existing car pool.”

Sari Mannonen, vice president of UPM Biofuels called Finland’s action “a bold step forward in setting concrete measures for transport decarbonization.”

“We salute the decision by the Finnish parliament and welcome the fact that many other countries, such as Sweden and Norway, are also walking the talk on climate change mitigation in the transport sector,” added Marko Janhunen, director of public affairs at UPM. “Transport decarbonization requires utilization of the whole toolbox—we need all financially and technologically feasible means from sustainable biofuels to electrification and engine efficiency improvements to be deployed.”