Finland turns to bio-energy to combat soaring oil costs

“THE SOARING cost of oil is leading growers in Finland to turn to alternatives for heating their glasshouses, including domestically produced bio-energy. Bio-energy now accounts for around 40 per cent of energy used to heat glasshouses in the country. This has successfully led to reduced heating costs, however, these reductions have not been passed on to the consumer at this stage and the prices of domestically produced tomatoes and cucumbers remain high.

A variety of fuels are being utilised, but primarily these involve peat and wood chip...”