Fastest road transport emissions reductions achieved with advanced biofuels

Press release 10 June 2016

For road transport, the quickest and most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to increase the use of advanced biofuels. The use of biofuels affects emissions for both currently existing and new motor vehicles, and does not require a new distribution system. This is the finding of a report arranged by the AutoFuel motor vehicle industry and fuel producer consortium in which various means of emissions reduction are assessed in connection with the aim reducing road transport emissions by 30 per cent outside of the emissions trading sector by 2030.

In this comprehensive report carried out by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, alternative sources of propulsion and means of road transport emissions reduction are compared on the basis of the total costs incurred to society.

The report describes how emissions will decline by 2030 through the renewal of motor vehicle stock, improvements in energy efficiency, and increased use of new sources of propulsion. However, this is still insufficient to fulfil the goals set by the European Union. In order for the emission reduction aims to be achieved cost-effectively, the use of advanced biofuels in road transport should be significantly increased.

With respect to alternative sources of propulsion, the number of hybrid vehicles in particular is expected to grow due to their cost effectiveness. On the other hand, the share of fully electric cars amongst new motor vehicles in Europe is expected to increase by only three per cent by 2030. Despite the presumption of significant developments in battery technology, the price of electric cars will remain quite high.

The share of heavy traffic in road transport emissions will rise by 2030. For heavy traffic, the various propulsion options will be more restricted than for cars, and thus the role of high-alloy fuels will be more pronounced in the reduction of heavy traffic emissions.

'In the regulation of road transport carbon dioxide emissions, an integrated approach should be taken which takes into account both vehicles and the energy they use as a single entity in a technologically neutral manner. This makes low-carbon alternatives attractive from the consumer perspective and encourages the auto industry to manufacture vehicles suited for higher bio-content levels than at present,' stated Helena Vänskä, Managing Director of the Finnish Petroleum and Biofuels Association, at the Finnish publication event for the report on 10 June.

Integrated Fuels and Vehicles Roadmap to 2030+ report
 

Further information:

Timo Huhtisaari, Evironment and Responsibility Issues, North European Oil Trade Oy, tel. +358 (0)41 504 4694, firstname.surname@neot.fi

Ilkka J. Räsänen, Director, Public Affairs, Neste Oyj, tel. +358 (0)50 458 5123, firstname.surname@neste.com

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