On 30 November, the European Commission published a renewed proposal for the Renewable Energy Directive as a part of a very extensive ensemble of legislations. The proposal includes a mixture obligation in which a sub-objective for advanced biofuels has been determined until the year 2030 for traffic fuel suppliers. The proposal shows that also the EU understands the crucial role of biofuels in reducing traffic emissions.
On November 2016, the Government of Finland released the country’s national energy and climate strategy up to the year 2030. A more stringent target than in the government programme has been set in the strategy with regard to the increase of renewable energy in the transport sector: 30 per cent biofuels by the year 2030. The goal is very challenging. Its implementation will require that a sufficient amount of sustainable raw materials are available for biofuel production and that the raw material base is as broad as possible.
The positive results obtained from energy efficiency work in the oil sector in Finland are set to continue. The fourth energy efficiency agreement, Höylä IV, was signed on 14 October and will come into effect next year. The agreement will see the continuation of measures to improve the energy efficiency of oil heating. The goal is that at least half of oil-heated buildings will also be using renewable energy by the time the agreement expires in 2025.
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