Biofuels and bioliquids

In Finland transport sector plays an important role in achieving carbon emission reduction target, in other words, CO2 emissions. Emission reduction possibilities in transport sector have been investigated throughly in recent years in Finland, and several reports have looked at the emission reduction potential, costs and other impacts of various measures. Forest industry sidestreams, waste and residues are potential feedstocks for producing biofuels and bioliquids.

The targets to reduce carbon emissions from transport are set in National Energy and Climate Strategies. The current strategy was adopted in 2016. The target is to increase the share of transport biofuels to 30 per cent. 

In Finland all transport fuels distributed  contain biocomponents. The amount of these components is based on the limit values set by the national fuel quality regulation and quality criteria standards. Currently, biofuels are some of Finland's top exports.

EU has set targets to increase the use of renewable energy by 2020 and is currently discussing the targets for post-2020 period. By 2020 the target is that share of renewables in transport accounts to 10% of energy content of fuels. The target for renewables in tranport sector by 2030 is currently discussed. The Commission submitted proposal for new renewable energy directive in November 2016 (RED II). In RED II-directive has a renewables targetfor transport sector for 2030 and there will be a sub-target of  for ‘advanced biofuels’. Directive includes also updated sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids.

In Finland the Act on biofuels and bioliquids (393/2013) includes provisions on EU sustainability criteria and the methods used in verifying compliance with the criteria.

Related links
Biofuels (Ministry of economic affairs and employment)
Biofuels for traffic (Finnish Petroleum and biofuel association)
National Energy and Climate strategy for 2030 - articles on energy

Further information

Kaisa Pirkola, Ministerial Adviser 
MMM, Luonnonvaraosasto, Metsä- ja bioenergiayksikkö 0295162350