Finland sets 30 percent biofuel obligation for 2030

By UPM Kymmene Corp. | February 07, 2019

The Finnish Parliament approved a law Feb. 6 that sets a gradually increasing 30 percent biofuels target for 2030. Furthermore, the law sets a world-leading advanced biofuels target of 10 percent in 2030.

UPM welcomes the Finnish government’s ambition to take transport decarbonization seriously.

“UPM is a leading producer of advanced biofuels as defined by the EU Renewable Energy Directive, and we consider this move by Finland as a bold step forward in setting concrete measures for transport decarbonization," said Sari Mannonen, vice president of UPM Biofuels.

UPM produces wood-based UPM BioVerno renewable diesel at the Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland. UPM is also studying opportunities for growth in the biofuels industry and has recently concluded an environmental impact assessment for a potential 500,000 ton-per-year biorefinery in Kotka, Finland.

“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,” said Marko Janhunen, director of public affairs for 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.”


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