Finland Looks to “Finnish” First in Biofuels
by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … Finland cities are taking action on their carbon neutral goals and taking them oh so seriously. The Public Works Department at the City of Espoo, the second largest city in Finland, announced their decision to use Neste MY Renewable Diesel in all of its diesel powered machines. In case you aren’t aware of Neste MY Renewable Diesel, it is produced entirely from waste and residues. The transition to renewable diesel is part of the City of Espoo’s target to make Espoo completely carbon neutral by 2030. The aim is for the City of Espoo to switch all of its diesel engines to renewable diesel in stages.
Neste MY Renewable Diesel has also been adopted by the City of Porvoo, and by Finnish companies such as Lassila & Tikanoja and DB Schenker. Other users of Neste MY Renewable Diesel are the Finnish airport operator Finavia, in its airport buses at Helsinki Airport, and the non-governmental aid organization UFF in its logistics chain.
As reported by the Digest in November 2016, the national government approved its climate and energy strategy for 2030 setting an objective that biofuels are the basis for 40% of all transport fuels volume by 2030. In addition, the government said that the renewable energy share of market should be raised by 50% or more by 2030. Ultimately, the government aims to create a 100% carbon-neutral energy base for Finland — emphasizing the country’s wood resources as a source for energy and fuel. How’s that for a biofuel-lovin’ government?
Critics were quick to point out the danger of over relying on biofuels and power alone. Former Finnish Labor minister of labor and SDP politician Lauri Ihalainen warned, “The strategy would also raise the timber harvest limits to such a high level that you would have to calculate on there also being room for developing innovative wood products with higher added value.”
With big biofuel companies based in Finland like Neste, UPM Biofuels, and others, and with established targets for biofuels and a carbon neutral economy, and their abundant forests and powerful biomass industry, we see Finland continuing their focus on biofuels. READ MORE