The Finnish Government has expressed its satisfaction with the sustainability criteria for the use of forest biomass in energy production laid out in the European Commission's proposal for a new Renewable Energy Directive on Wednesday.
The revised directive will create a solid foundation for increasing the use of renewable energy sources in Finland, estimates Olli Rehn (Centre), the Minister of Economic Affairs.
“What is crucial is that biomass will retain its zero-emission status also in the future and that the administrative burden does not inhibit the development of the bio-economy in Finland,” he writes in his blog.
Finland, he points out, has lobbied for years for a union-wide transport fuel policy that extends beyond 2020. “Our persistent efforts have now borne fruit, because the commission's proposal for the supply obligation [on renewable fuels] answers this need. Finnish industries will benefit from the gradual transition to advanced bio-fuels.”
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The country will according to him continue its efforts to expand the definition of advanced bio-fuels in the proposal.
Kimmo Tiilikainen (Centre), the Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, estimates that the proposal will also reduce the amount of red tape faced by Finland.
“As Finland's climate and forest policy is sustainable when examined as a whole, there will be no need for item-specific sustainability assessments in the case of domestic forest energy. We can avoid a lot of red tape,” he says in a press release from the Ministry of the Environment.
Wednesday was a day of joy for the domestic forest industry, commented Petri Sarvamaa (NCP), a Member of the European Parliament. At worst, he reminded, the proposal could have dealt a heavy blow to the development of the bio-economy and the utilisation of forest resources in Finland.
“It was great to see how us Finns started, when push came to shove, fighting to protect our interests in Europe,” he said in a press release.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi