“It is important for Sweden to be able to move towards a fossil-free transport sector, a goal that our politicians hope to reach a bit after 2030.”
Sweden has further strengthened its commitment to the use of biofuels, recording a 24% rise in sales rise in Q3 for a particular variety of sustainable fuel – hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO).
The record rise for HVO in Sweden, where Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio) reported that biofuel comprised 23.8% of all diesel delivered to the coutnry in 2016, put the fuel in a stronger position that competing sustainable fuels – such as Clean FAME diesel (B100), down by 32%, and E85 ethanol, which recorded sales 16% lower than when compared with the same period last year. The country has set itself the aim of its transport sector being powered entirely by bio-based fuel by 2030.
It is the first time in Sweden’s history that more than 50,000 m3 of biofuel was sold in a single month – more than all the ethanol, FAME diesel and biomethane used in the country. That achievement follows a series of major investments from hauliers and bus companies in recent years that is in turn helping lower the country’s carbon footprint. The data behind the news has been supplied by Statistics Sweden (SCB) and analysed by Svebio.
“The extensive use of HVO greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions from Swedish traffic. At the same time, high-blend ethanol and FAME have occasionally been taxed, which reduced sales,” said Tomas Ekbom, a fuel expert from Svebio.
“This tax will be removed at the turn of the year. It is important for Sweden to be able to move towards a fossil-free transport sector, a goal that our politicians hope to reach a bit after 2030.”
In response to the revelation last year that nearly a quarter of Sweden’s biofuel comprises biofuel, the chief executive officer from Svebia, the non-profit organisation that works to increase the export of bioenergy technology from the country, said: “The large use of biodiesel and other biofuels shows significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the Swedish transport sector.
“We are moving fast to reach the Swedish political target to reduce the emissions in the transport sector by 70% by 2030 (compared to 1990) and to have a fossil-free transport sector soon after.”
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