The important role of biofuels in reducing traffic emissions recognised in the EU

Press release 1 Dec 2016

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 so-called Winter Package. 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 Commission’s proposal shows that even though every possible means is needed to reach the objectives, also the EU understands the crucial role of biofuels in reducing traffic emissions, states the Managing Director of the Finnish Petroleum and Biofuels Association Helena Vänskä.

Vänskä reminds that the Finnish biofuel industry is well equipped to fulfil the set goals since Finnish companies are pioneers in the production of advanced residue- and waste-based biofuels worldwide.

However, it should be borne in mind that on the whole, we are talking of a very extensive legislation package which is still only a proposal of the Commission. The end result will be seen in a couple of years when the proposal has passed through the entire decision-making system of the EU.

-This can be compared to a 50-km cross-country skiing competition: we’re at about 10 kilometres and the itch to reach the podium is immense. However, the end result is what matters, emphasises Vänskä.

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Further information: Helena Vänskä, Managing Director, Finnish Petroleum and Biofuels Association, tel. +358 (0)40 581 6786

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