Press Releases 2010
At the start of 2011, the ethanol content of the 95 octane petrol, the best-selling petrol in Finland, will go up. The increase of the bio-portion in petrol is one of the measures aimed at combating climate change.
Combating against the climate change, Finland is determined to increase the share of biofuels in road transport in line with the EU resolutions. As from January 2011, the E10 petrol with up to 10 percent v/v ethanol will be the standard petrol quality in Finland provided that the necessary law reforms are finalized in time.
The CEO of Stora Enso, Jouko Karvinen, agrees with Finland’s goal to raise the bioenergy share in total energy production, but he demands that the Finnish decision makers have to make sure that the biomass pricing does not unreasonably escalate at the same time.
The Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs, Mauri Pekkarinen, states that the use of bioenergy has already a strong support from citizens and political decision-makers in the Baltic Sea Region. He claims the Governments should create favorable conditions to increase the use of bioenergy.
According to results from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, alcohol fuel can be made to work well even in low temperatures by optimizing the proportions of the fuel blend, one element of which is ethanol. The research forms part of the fuel project carried out under the TransEco programme, and no equivalent optimization of ethanol fuel for cold conditions has been carried out elsewhere.
The Wind Atlas of Finland service at www.tuuliatlas.fi has been well received by the Finnish public. The data material, published in Finnish at the end of November 2009, and the Wind Atlas map interface are now also available in English and Swedish.