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Gasum, Forchem Ink Liquified Biogas Delivery Agreement (Int'l.)
Gasum,Forchem Oy
Date: 2020-03-23
In Helsinki, Finnish energy company Gasum has entered into an agreement with the cleantech company Forchem Oy for the supply of liquefied biogas (LBG) for the Forchem tall oil biorefinery in Rauma, Finland. Forchem switched to using liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2019.

Forchem supplies products for global actors operating in many different markets. The company's operations are characterized by the principles of sustainable development and minimized environmental impacts. The liquefied biogas (LBG) is received at the Forchem reception terminal, vaporized and used in the company's production processes. The switch from using LNG to using LBG can be made without any additional investments.

Liquefied biogas (LBG) is equal to liquefied natural gas (LNG) in terms of its properties and suitable for use as a road and maritime transport fuel and for industrial purposes. LBG is a renewable fuel that can be distributed by using the existing LNG infrastructure. Biogas is produced from feedstocks including biodegradable side streams of industrial and other enterprises as well as from consumer biowaste. (Source: Gasum, Renewable News, 23 Mar.,2020) Contact: Gasum, Tommy Mattila, +358 20 4471, www.gasum.com; Forchem Oy, +358 2 478 4400, info@forchem.com, www.forchem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  Gasum,  Forchem,  tall oil,  Biogas,  Liquified Biogas,  ,  LBG,  


Neste Reports Finnair Aviation Biofuel Partnership (Int'l. Report)
Neste,Finnair
Date: 2020-03-06
Helsinki-headquartered air carrier Finnair and Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel refined from waste and residues, are reporting an agreement that will see Finnair gradually increase its use of Neste SAF in its operations and play a key role in Finnair's long-term target of carbon neutrality.

The partnership will not only increase Finnair's use of SAF, but it will also boost the production of SAF in Finland. Growing availability is also important in order to make SAF more widely used and affordable for Finnair's future flight operations. (Source: Neste, PR, 5 Mar., 2020) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Finnair, Topi Manner,CEO, Arja Suominen, SVP, Communications, Kati Ihamaki, Director Corporate Sustainability, www.finnair.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Finnair,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


UPM Biofuels, INEOS Inks Supply Agreement (Int'l. Report)
INEOS, UPM
Date: 2020-02-26
Helsinki, Finland-headquartered renewable fuels specialist UPM Biofuels is reporting a supply agreement with German chemicals giant INEOS under which INEOS will use UPM BioVerno, a sustainable raw material from a residue of wood pulp processing, to produce bio-attributed polyolefins "drop-in products at a plant in Germany.

As previously reported, UPM Biofuels is touting "Forest Film", a new product developed with UPM BioVerno naphtha, a 100 pct wood-based solution originating from sustainably managed forests. The new product replaces traditional fossil-based virgin materials and offers an efficient way to reach sustainability goals without compromising on product performance, according to a release. (Source: INEOS, PR, BioMarket Insight, 24 Feb., 2020) Contact: INEOS, www.ineos.com; UPM Biofuels, Panu Routasalo, +358 45 265 1345, sari.mannonen@upm.com, Maiju Helin, Head of Sustainability and Market Development, +358 204 15 111, +358 204 15 110 - fax, www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News INEOS,  UPM,  Bioplastic,  Biofuel,  


IKEA Finland Commits to Neste MY renewable Diesel (Int'l. Report)
Neste
Date: 2020-02-24
Helsinki-headquartered Home furnishings manufacturer and retailer IKEA Finland reports it is using Neste MY Renewable Diesel in its commercial vehicles in the Helsinki and other areas of Finland. The use of Neste fuel is in keeping with IKEA's goal of emission-free deliveries by 2025.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost competitive, low-carbon fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to petroleum diesel. (Source: IKEA Finland, PR, Various Media, Biofuels News, 21 Feb., 2020) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128,www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


296 Finnish Municipalities Lower Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Finnish Environment Institute
Date: 2020-02-21
The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) is reporting from Helsinki that only 16 of Finland's 310 municipalities failed to lower their GHG emissions by an average of 15 pct between 2005 and 2017.

On the high end of the reductions scale, Finnish Lapland is estimated to have lowered its emissions by 121 percent, while emissions grew in Ilomantsi in North Karelia, far eastern Finland.

The SKYE emissions figures are calculated according to standards set by the Carbon Neutral Municipalities Network which is backed by SYKE and the EU as part of a six-year climate project called Towards Carbon Neutral Municipalities and Regions.

Finnish emissions must still be slashed by 70-80 pct if to country is to reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2035. (Source: Finnish Environment Institute, YLE News, 19 Feb., 2020) Contact: Finnish Environment Institute, Johannes Lounasheimo, +358 29 5251000, www.syke.fi › en-US

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Valmet Supplying Flue Gas Unit to Helsinki Woody Biomass Power Plant (Int'l. Report)
Valmet
Date: 2020-02-19
In Finland, Espoo-headquartered Valmet Oyi reports it will supply a flue gas condensing plant and condensate treatment equipment, including a boiler make-up water production system to the city-owner central heating and power utility Helen Ltd's Vuosaari C woody biomass powered heating plant in Helsinki.

The new bioenergy heating plant will feature very high energy efficiency, as the heat from flue gases will be recovered to increase district heat production by 69 MW, according to the Valmet release. Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and bioenergy industries, according to its website. (Source: Valmet Oyi , PR, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: Valmet, Risto Hamalainen, Director, Environmental Systems, Pulp and Energy, +358 4 0 505 2001, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; Helen Ltd, +358 9 6171, www.helen.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Helen Ltd,  Valmet,  Bioenergy,  


UPM-Kymmene Investing in Woody Biomass Chemicals Plant (Int'l.)
UPM, UPM-Kymmene
Date: 2020-02-12
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered UPM-Kymmene Oyj reports it will invest €550 million ($600 million) in a biorefinery at Leuna, Germany, that will use locally-sourced wood biomass to produce a variety of 100 pct wood-based biochemicals -- bio-monoethylene glycol (BioMEG), bio-monopropylene glycol (BioMPG), industrial sugars and lignin-based renewable functional fillers. The facility is expected to produce roughly 220,000 metric tpy when fully operation by the end of 2022.

UPM-Kymmene' buiness companies include: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood (Source: UPM-Kymmene Corp., 10 Feb., 2020) Contact: UPM-Kymmene Corp, Jussi Pesonen, Pres., Tel. +358 204 15 111, Fax. +358 204 15 110, www.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood.Woody Biomass,  UPM,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  


Finns Launch Carbon-Neutrality by 2035 Roadmap (Int'l. Report)
Finland Climate Change
Date: 2020-02-05
In Helsinki, the government of Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has announced it will establish a muliti-million euro climate fund under the Finnish state-owned development and investment company VAKE. The initiative is part of the Marin government's long-awaited roadmap toward a carbon-neutral Finland by 2035. The fund will be targeted to combat the climate emergency, promote digitalization and expedite the transition to low-carbon industrial processes.

The government also announced it will encourage "clean investments" by gradually lowering the electricity tax for manufacturing industries as of next year to the minimum level allowed in the European Union.

The government also intends to increase carbon sequestration by three megatonnes by adopting a new climate programme for the land use, land-use change and forestry sector. The increase would account for less than 10 pct of the 35-megatonne change needed in the carbon balance to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035, according to the Finnish Climate Change Panel at the University of Helsinki.

To meet its goal, Finland must cut its CO2e emissions from roughly 56.5 to 21.5 megatonnes by 2035. (Source: Finnish Climate Change Panel, Helsinki Times, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Finland Minister of the Interior, Maria Ohisalo, +358 295 480 171, +358 9 160 44635 - fax, www.intermin.fi/en/frontpage; Finnish Climate Change Panel, +358 50 4151201, www.ilmastopaneeli.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Climate Change,  Carbon Sequestration,  CCS,  


UPM Invests in German Woody Biomass Biochemicals Plant (Int'l)
UPM
Date: 2020-01-31
Helsinki-headquartered UPM reports it will invest €550 million in a biorefinery -- 100 pct wood-based biochemicals at Leuna, Germany. The 220,000 tpy biorefinery will convert locally-sourced solid wood biomass into next generation biochemicals: bio-monoethylene glycol (BioMEG) and lignin-based renewable functional fillers, bio-monopropylene glycol (BioMPG) and industrial sugars. The plant is expected to come online by the end of 2022. (Source: UOM, PR, Global NewsWire, Jan., 2020) Contact: UPM Biochemicals, Juuso Konttinen, Vice President, +358 40 5317405, juuso.konttinen@upm.com, www.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  Biofuel,  


Stockholm Planning Carbon-Negative District Heating (Int'l.)
Stockholm Exergi,Fortum
Date: 2020-01-29
In Sweden, Stockholm Exergi, a joint venture between Helsinki, Finnish utility Fortum Oyi and the city of Stockholm, reports it is looking to make Swedish capital's district heating the world's first to become carbon negative.

To that end, the company this spring will close its last coal-fired boiler and has replaced most of its coal-based production with biofuels. The company is also investigating the implementation of carbon capture systems to achieve a positive carbon footprint by 2040.

Fortum Oyi is also testing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in Oslo at its joint venture Fortum Oslo Varme. Both the Stockholm and Oslo projects are partnering with the Northern Lights initiative, which is studying carbon storage in the bedrock of the North Sea. (Source: Stockholm Exergi, Recharge, 28 Jan., 2020) Contact: Stockholm Exergi, www.stockholmexergi.se; Fortum Oyi, www3.fortum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Fortum,  Carbon Negative,  Carbon Emissions,  Stockholm,  


Neste, AT-Tuote Tout Bio-based Industrial Lubricant (New Prod & Tech)
Neste
Date: 2019-12-23
Finnish techno-chemical specialist AT-Tuote Oy and Helsinki-headquartered renewable fuels producer Neste tare reporting the upcoming launch of AT Renewable Penetrating Lubricant based on a new formulation, with 95 pct of its content derived from biodegradable renewable sources.

The new lubricant, which can be used in all industrial, automotive and DIY applications, will be launched in the Nordic countries, Germany, the US, Mexico and Brazil nest Spring. ((Source: Neste, Biofuel News, 23 Dec., 20919) Contact: AT-Tuote Oy, +358 9 2745500, info @attuote.fi, www.attoute.fi; Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Fuel,  


Stora Enso Converting Woody Biomass Sludge to Biofuel (Int'l.)
Stora Enso,C-Green
Date: 2019-12-16
Helsinki-headquartered Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso reports it is producing bio-sludge from woody biomass waste water at its fluting mill in the community of Heinola, Finland. The bio-sludge is dried and processed into biofuel using technology developed and patented by Swedish company C-Green Technology.

C-Green's OxyPower HTC process uses an innovative application of hydrothermal carbonisation, which converts complex organic compounds into sterile odourless biofuel. The pilot plant processes 16,000 tpy of bio-waste into fuels which is used in the mill and for heat in the town of Heinola, which has around 20,000 inhabitants.

Stora Enso develops and produces solutions based on wood and biomass for a range of industries and applications worldwide, leading in the bioeconomy and supporting our customers in meeting demand for renewable eco-friendly products, according to the company website. (Source: Stora Enso, Biofuels 13 Dec., 2019) Contact: C-Green Technologies, Erik Oden, CEO , +46 8 93 50 40, www.c-green.se; Stora Enso, Jari Suominen, +43-664-6183907, jari.suominen@stroaenso.com, www.storaenso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stora Enso,  C-Green,  Biofuel,  


Helsinki Pledges Improved Building Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
Helsinki
Date: 2019-12-06
The Finnish capital city of Helsinki (pop. 632,000) reports it has joined the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment developed by the World Green Building Council.

The commitment, which has been adopted by both private companies and public authorities, pledges participants to ensure that the portfolios of buildings for which they are responsible produce net zero carbon emissions by 2030. And, since buildings generate more than half of Helsinki's carbon emissions, reducing heating consumption and increasing energy efficiency is central the city's effort. Accordingly, the city has set a range of targets and initiatives aimed increasing building energy efficiency.

Helsinki has also introduced Climate Watch, an online tool for assessing the city's progress on each of the 147 measures outlined in its Carbon Neutral Helsinki 2035 Action Plan. (Source: City of Helsinki, Government Europa, 6 Dec., 2019) Contact: World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org; City of Helsinki, Esa Nikunen, Director Environmental Services, https://fi.linkedin.com/in/esa-nikunen-560b9a78

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Climate Change,  


Neste Launches Melbourne Australia Office (Int'l. Report)
Neste
Date: 2019-11-20
Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer Neste is reporting the opening of a registered subsidiary office in Melbourne, Australia.

The new office is intended to support the company's waste and residue raw material sourcing operations in Australia and New Zealand. Various wastes and residues account for approximately 80 pct the company's renewable raw materials globally, according to the release. (Source: Neste, Biofuels Int'l., 19 Nov., 2019)Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, +61 3 9922 1400 - Melbourne office, www.neste.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  


Poyry, Banpu Power Constructing Vietnam Wind Project (Int'l.)
Poyry Plc, Banpu Power
Date: 2019-11-11
Helsinki-headquartered consulting and engineering firm Poyry Plc reports it is partnering with Thailand's Banpu Power for the construction and management of a 90-MW wind farm project in Vinh Chau, Vietnam.

The project will be built in three 30-MW phases. Detailed engineering design for the first phase is due to start this December followed by site mobilization in February, 2020. next year.

Poyry, which was founded in 1958, focuses on power generation, transmission & distribution, forest industry, chemicals & biorefining, mining & metals, transportation and water, (Source: Poyry, PR, ScandAsia, 10 Nov., 2019) Contact: Banpu Power, www.banpupower.com; Poyry Jonny Stridh, Managing Director, Industry Business Group, +46 705 83 4351 jonny.stridh@poyry.com, www.poyry.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Banpu Power,  Poyry ,  Wind,  Viet Nam Wind,  


St1 Selects AF Poyry for Swedish Renewable Fuel Project (Int'l)
AF Poyry,St1
Date: 2019-11-04
Helsinki-headquartered St1 reports it has awarded Gothenburg, Sweden engineering firm AF Poyry with engineering contracts for a new renewable fuel production plant to be built in Gothenburg, Sweden. At a cost of SEK 1.5 billion ($156.2 million), the project is St1's largest ever.

AF Poyry's services includes all engineering, procurement and scheduling services. The project consists of new units, revamp of existing units and new storage facilities. The new plant will produce approximately 200,000 tpy of renewable fuel in the form of HVO (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils), a renewable transport fuel that can be blended into diesel or replace diesel. Production is expected to start early in 2022.

St1 Nordic OyThe Group researches and develops economically viable, environmentally sustainable energy solutions. St1 focuses on fuels marketing activities, oil refining and renewable energy solutions such as waste-based advanced ethanol fuels and industrial wind power. The Group has 1300 St1 and Shell branded retail stations in Finland, Sweden and Norway. (Source: AF Poyry, PR, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: AF Povry , www.poyry.com; St1 Nordic Oy, www.st1.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News St!,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


Borealis, Neste Announce Renewable Polypropylene Cooperation (Int'l.)
Borealis,Neste
Date: 2019-10-18
Vienna, Austria-based polyolefin provider Borealis, Helsinki-headquartered and renewable diesel producer Neste are reportinga strategic co-operation agreement for the production of renewable polypropylene (PP).

Under their agreement, Borealis will use Neste's 100 pct renewable propane produced with Neste's proprietary NEXBTL technology as renewable feedstock at its facilities in Kallo and Beringen, Belgium, starting at the end of 2019.

Neste's proprietary NEXBTL technology can utilize nearly any bio-based oil or fat as raw material, including lower-quality waste and residue oils to produce various premium-quality renewable products.

Borealis's process will be certified by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC Plus) whose full value chain scope ensures that the renewable feedstock used is certified renewable, sustainably produced and traceable to point of origin. (Source: Neste, Borealis, Green Car Congress, 17 Oct., 2019) Contact: Borealis, +43 1 22 400 300, www.borealisgroup.com; Neste, +358 10 458 4128, (713) 407-4400 - Houston, Texas office, www.neste.com, www.neste.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Borealis,  


Valmet to Optimize Helen Oy's District Heating Efficiency (Int'l.)
Valmet
Date: 2019-10-14
Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet reports it has been selected to improve the energy efficiency of the city of Helsinki's power plant -- Helen Oy's -- district heat production and network in Helsinki, Finland.

Valmet's work will reduce emissions, increase plant efficiency, lower operating costs be operational in Spring 2021. Helen is aiming for 100 pct carbon neutrality in its energy production by 2035.

Valmets work includes a DNA District Heat Manager that optimizes the temperature of the district heating network flow, pressure differences and pumping, and coordinates the capacity of heating plants and district heat accumulators. It also automates the operations of district heating networks and plants for maximum efficiency. (Source: Valmet, Power Eng., Int'l, 14 Oct., 2019) Contact: Valmet, Kai Janhunen, VP, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; Helen Ltd, +358 9 6171, www.helen.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Helen Oy,  Valmet,  Energy Efficiency,  


Glennmont Snares 211-MW Finnish Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
Glennmont Partners ,Ilmatar Energy
Date: 2019-10-02
London-based fund manager Glennmont Partners is reporting acquisition of the shovel-ready 211.4-MW "Piiparinmaki" wind project in central Finland from Helsinki-headquartered Ilmatar Energy Ltd. Project construction is slated to get underway this month.

The 41 Vestas turbine deal was handled through Glennmont's €850-million ($926.6 million) Clean Energy Fund III. The purchase price was not revealed. (Source: Glenmont, Renewables, 1 Oct., 2019) Contact: Ilmatar Energy Ltd., info@ilmatarwind.fi www.ilmatar.fi; Glennmont Partners, www.glennmont.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Glennmont Partners ,  Wind,  Ilmatar Energy,  


Biomass Residues to Fischer-Tropsch Products Validated (Ind Report)
Fischer-Tropsch
Date: 2019-09-27
The EU news agency CORDIS is reporting production of biofuel by gasification of biomass residues has been successfully validated in the EU's COMSYN project in September. The process performance was verified with bark in an 80 hour-long test run by the Helsinki-headquartered VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT) -- the project coordinator.

The syngas conversion to Fischer-Tropsch (FT) products was conducted by Karlsruhe, Germany-based IneraTec GmbH. The test studied and verified the performance of the gas cleaning train and the entire synthesis process with real wood-derived gasification gas. (Source: CORDIS, EU COMSYN Project, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: EU COMDYN Project, www.comsynproject.eu; VTT Technical Research Centre, Nils-Olof Nylund, +358 400 703 715, nils.olof.nylund@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com; IneraTec GmbH, +49 721 86484460, www.ineratec.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngas,  COMSYN,  VTT,  Fischer-Tropsch,  Syngas,  


OGCI Invests in Norsepower's Rotor Sail Wind Power (Ind. Report)
Norsepower Oy Ltd
Date: 2019-09-25
Helsinki-headquartered Norsepower Oy Ltd is reporting OGCI Climate Investments has led an €8 million investment round in Norsepower. The new dunds will be used to scale up production and commercialization of low maintenance, software operated, data verified auxiliary Rotor Sail wind energy propulsion systems for ships.

Norsepower's Rotor Sail technology, which can be installed on new vessels or retrofitted on existing ships, is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor -- a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind to propel a ship. The solution is fully automated and senses whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel savings, at which point the rotors start automatically. Since its establishment in November 2012, Norsepower has raised more than $24 million of funding since its founding in 2012. (Source: OGCI Climate Investments, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: OGCI Climate Investments, Pratima Rangarajan, CEO, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com; Norsepower Oy Ltd., Tuomas Riski, CEO, +358 50 3305732, www.norsepower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Norsepower Oy ,  Wind,  


St1 Nordic Licenses Honeywell Ecofining Tech. (Ind. Report)
Honeywell UOP, St1 Nordic
Date: 2019-09-20
Des Plaines, Ill.-based Honeywell UOP is reports it has licensed its Ecofining renewable fuels technology to Helsinki-headquartered St1 Nordic Oy for the production of 4,000 bpd of diesel and jet fuel at St1 Nordic's refinery complex in Gothenburg, Sweden. Basic engineering design for the project has already been completed.

The Ecofining process converts inedible oils, animal fats, tall oils derived from forestry residues and other waste feedstocks into Honeywell Green Diesel which is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel and can be used as a drop-in fuel. It also features up to an 80 pct lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel from petroleum.

In addition to Ecofining technology, Honeywell has commercialized the UOP Renewable Jet Fuel Process™. Jet fuel produced by this process can be blended seamlessly with petroleum-based fuel. When used in up to a 50 pct blend with petroleum-based jet fuel, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ requires no changes to aircraft technology and meets all critical specifications for flight, according to Honeywell. St1 Nordic Oy researches and develops economically viable, environmentally sustainable energy including waste-based advanced ethanol fuels and industrial wind power. (Source: Honeywell, Chemical Engineering, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: St1 Nordic, Bo-Erik Svensson, Managing Director, www.st1.eu; Honeywell UOP, Bryan Glover, VP Petrochemicals & Refining Technologies, www,uop.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeyell UOP,  Green Diesel ,  St1 Nordic ,  


Neste Opens Calif. Renewable Diesel Fueling Stations (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2019-09-04
Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer reports the opening of three new cardlock renewable diesel commercial fueling stations in Northern and Central California' Neste's first California fueling station opened earlier this year, bringing the total number of commercial fueling stations to four.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost competitive, low-carbon fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to petroleum diesel. (Source: Neste, Various Trade Media, Biofuels Int'l, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  


UPM Raflatac Touts Wood-Based Polypropylene Film (New Prod & Tech)
UPM Biofuels
Date: 2019-08-28
Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM Biofuels is touting "Forest Film", new product developed with UPM BioVerno naphtha, a 100 pct wood-based solution originating from sustainably managed forests.

The new product replaces traditional fossil-based virgin materials and offers an efficient way to reach sustainability goals without compromising on product performance, according to a release.

At UPM Raflatac, UPM Biofuels converts woody biomass pulp pulp production residue into renewable naphtha, a drop-in raw material for the chemical industry. (Source: UPM Raflatac, UPM Biofuels, Labels & Labeling, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: UPM Raflatac, +44 1723 583661, www.upmraflatac.com; UPM Biofuels, Panu Routasalo, +358 45 265 1345, sari.mannonen@upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels ,  


Neste Introduces IMO 2020 Compliant Maritime Fuel (Int'l Report)
Neste
Date: 2019-08-16
Helsinki-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel fuel reports it will introduce Neste Marine 0.5 , a new fuel before the year end.

The new fuel will help maritime shippers comply with the International Maritime Organization's 2020 sulfur cap of 0.5 pct to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, effective 1 Jan, 2020. Neste Marine 0.5, which is manufactured at the company's refinery in Porvoo, Finland, will be available at yet to be announced locations in Northwest Europe.

In other Neste news, the company announced it is partnering with Valdosta, Georgia-based McCall Companies to distribute its branded Neste MY Renewable Diesel in Oregon, which implemented clean fuels standards in 2016. (Source: Neste, Biodiesel Mag., 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; McCall Companies CEO Kevin Jones, CEO, 229.242.2551, Fax - 229.244.8358, mail@mccallinc.com, www.mccallinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Maritime Fuel,  Marine Fuel,  IMO ,  


Helsinki Sustainability Programme Addresses Climate Change Concerns (Int'l.)
City of Helsinki
Date: 2019-08-14
In Finland, according to a 2018 City of Helsinki survey, two thirds of the city's 1,292 million residents identified the climate crisis as their major concern when thinking about the future of the city. In response, Helsinki has launched Think Sustainably, the world's first online service that makes sustainable choices of retails, services, hotels and others as easy as using an app.

Services, hotels and others filtered through the online programme are benchmarked against criteria developed by the City of Helsinki in collaboration with the independent think tank Demos Helsinki, local interest groups and sustainability experts. The service also includes a route planner feature that identifies emission-free transportation options in the city. The route planner provides CO2 emissions in grams per person per trip.

Currently gathering feedback from users, the Think Sustainably service is publicly available with plans to roll the programme out further and review its impact in 2020.

The process of developing the Think Sustainably service included researching the most significant factors of ecological sustainability related to different service categories. These dealt mostly with greenhouse emissions caused by energy production, the impacts of mobility and food, waste management, factors related to circular economy, protecting biodiversity, accessibility, and employment and preventing discrimination.

The European Commission (EC) tagged Helsinki the most innovative region in the EU. It is also the first European city and, the second globally -- after New York -- to voluntarily report the implementation of its Sustainable Development Goals to the UN. (Source: City of Helsinki, PR, CISION, Yahoo Finance, Aug., 2019)Contact: Helsinki Think Sustainably , www.myhelsinki.fi/en/think-sustainably; Helsinki Marketing, Laura Aalto, CEO, +358 40 507 9660 , laura.aalto@hel.fi, www.hel.fi; Carbon Neutral Helsinki Initiative, Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen, Director, https://carbonneutralcities.org/cities/helsinki

More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Helsinki,  Climate Change,  


Finnair Touts First "Push for Change" Biofuel Flights (Int'l)
Finnair,SkyNRG
Date: 2019-08-07
Finnair reports it's first biofuel flights -- August 5th and 7th from Sanfrancisco to Helsinki -- backed by its "Push for Change" carbon decreasing initiative. The flights were fueled with a 12 pct biofuel mix reducing the total C02 emissions for the two flights by approximately 32 tons.

Finnair's biofuels partners in San Francisco are SkyNRG and World Energy; Shell Aviation has provided logistics and supply chain support for the project. The sustainable biofuel was produced from used cooking oil in California. Additional information on Finnair’s Push for Change initiative, including the options to purchase biofuel for future flights as well as the offsetting of carbon emissions through certified projects, can be found on Finnair.com's "Push for hange" site. (Source: Finnair, Travel Daily News, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: Finnair, Arja Suominen, SVP, Communications, Kati Ihamaki, Director Corporate Sustainability, www.finnair.com; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Finnair,  SkyNRG,  


Stora Enso Investing in Hard Carbon Lignin Pilot (Int'l.)
Stora Enso
Date: 2019-07-29
Helsinki-headquartered Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso reports it is investing €10 million to build a pilot facility to produce bio-based carbon materials based on lignin at its Sunila Mill in Finland.

The investment in making carbon materials for energy storage further strengthens Stora Enso's opportunities to replace fossil-based and mined raw materials as well as to connect sustainable materials to ongoing technology innovations, according to Stora Enso.

With the new investment, Stora Enso will pilot the processing of lignin -- the main building block of trees -- into a hard carbon intermediate for electrode materials. This lignin will be converted into hard carbon anode materials for lithium-ion batteries with properties similar to graphite. Construction of the pilot facility is slated to get underway before the year end for completion by early 2021.

Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its 50,000 tpy Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015.(Source: Stora Enso, Green Car Congress, 28 July, 2019)Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com

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Stora Enso Investing in Lignin for Energy Storage Pilot (Int'l.)
Stora Enso
Date: 2019-07-29
Helsinki-headquartered Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso reports it is investing €10 million to build a pilot facility to produce bio-based carbon materials based on lignin for energy storage applications

With the new investment, Stora Enso will pilot the processing of lignin -- the main building block of trees -- into a hard carbon intermediate for electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries with properties similar to graphite. Construction of the pilot facility is slated to get underway before the year end for completion by early 2021. Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its 50,000 tpy Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015.(Source: Stora Enso, Green Car Congress, 28 July, 2019)Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stora Enso news,  Lignin news,  Energy Storage news,  


Finns Investigating Man-made Cellulose Fibre Production (R&D, Int'l)
VTT
Date: 2019-06-28
The Helsinki, Finland-headquartered VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland reports receipt of €2.6 million funding from the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)to improve wood-to-textile value chains to enable increased production of man-made cellulose fibres.

VTT's Green Chemicals and Technologies for the Wood-to-textile Value Chain (CRETE) project, a partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium, will tackle the bottlenecks of creating wood-to-textile value chains by developing innovative technologies for wood pulp modification, cellulose dissolution and fibre-quality generation. The issues to be solved in the project play a significant role in developing sustainable and green technologies for the European industry.

The project is led and coordinated by VTT, alongside partners University of Helsinki, Universitat fur Bodenkultur Wien, Universidade de Aveiro, Metsa Fibre Oyj, Celbi SA, Material Connexion Italia SRL and Vertech Group. (Source: VTT, Canadian Biomass, 26 June, 2019) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre, Nils-Olof Nylund, +358 400 703 715, nils.olof.nylund@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com

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Kemira Participates in Bio-based Chemicals Project (Int'l)
Kemira Oyi
Date: 2019-06-24
Helsinki-headquartered pulp and paper firm Kemira Oyi reports it has joined a four-year, EU funded project to develop 100 pct bio-based chemicals from renewable raw materials. The project aims to develop and improve woody biomass production efficiency at pulp mills.

The project, which was launched in May 2019, received €5.9 million funding from the EU's Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The €9.6 million project is one of several undertakings aimed at developing a sustainable bio-based industry sector in Europe.

Ecohelix , Avantium Chemicals BV, Metgen Oyi , Novamont Spa , Fundacio Universitaria Balmes , Graanul Biotech Ou , and Spinverse are also participating in the four-year project in which members will conduct demo-scale trial runs at a dissolving pulp mill in Europe. The aim is to develop fully bio-based polymeric chemistries for paper and cardboard production to complement and even replace polymers that are derived from petroleum. (Source: Kemira Oyi, PR, GlobalNewswire, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Kemira Oyi, +358 10 8611, Fax. +358 10 862 1119, www.kemira.com

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Neste, LyondellBasell Tout Joint Bioplastic Production (Ind. Report)
LyondellBasell, Neste
Date: 2019-06-19
Rotterdam, Netherlands-based chemicals and plastics manufacturer LyondellBasell (LYB) and Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel maker Neste have jointly announced the first parallel production of bio-based polypropylene and bio-based low-density polyethylene from sustainable bio-based raw materials at a commercial scale.

The joint project combined Neste's renewable feedstock and LyondellBasell's technical capabilities. LyondellBasell's cracker flexibility allowed it to introduce a new renewable feedstock at its Wesseling, Germany site, which was converted directly into bio-based polyethylene and bio-based polypropylene. (Source: LyondellBasell, PR, CISION, 18 June, 2019) Contact: LyondellBasell , www.LyondellBasell.com; Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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Finns Advised to Cut Logging to Preserve Carbon Sink (Int'l)
Finland Natural Resources Institute
Date: 2019-06-12
In Helsinki, Finland's Natural Resources Institute (Luke)reports it has revised its benchmark assessment of target carbon sink levels and now says Finland will need to raise its carbon sink sequestration numbers by another 10 percent -- lowering forest logging volumes by another 1-2 million cubic metres for a ceiling of 81-82 million cubic metres for the 2012-2025 period. Luke says its previous calculation amounted to 3 million tonnes of CO2.

The EU has also committed to reducing its GHG emissions by at least 40 pctt by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. EU directives require that logging activities relative to the tree population remain unchanged and EC has accordingly asked Finland to specify future logging amounts and assess whether its current calculations for wood use are appropriate in light of alarming rises in GHG emissions. (Source: Finland Natural Resources Institute, Barents Observer, YLE News, 11 June, 2019) Contact: Finland Natural Resources Institute, Prof. Aleksi Lehtonen, +358 29 532 6000, www.luke.fi/en

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Finnish Cities Project Addresses Old Bldg Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Helsinki,Smart City
Date: 2019-06-07
In Finland, six housing construction companies in the cities of Helsinki (pop. 631,700) and Vantaa (pop. 217,000) are piloting an Internet of Thing- (IoT-) based solution to inpoyve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption in blocks of older flats.

The project's participating builders installed IoT sensors on several older buildings. Data from the sensors will be analyzed and used to identify the most cost-effective ways of increasing the buildings energy efficiency and thus cut the buildings energy consumption and costs.

The pilot is part of the Climate-friendly Housing Companies joint venture project between the City of Helsinki, the City of Vantaa, the Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) and the Green Building Council Finland.

The project will run until the end of 2020 and will publish a digital guide for housing companies. The project is funded by the 6Aika programme, a joint strategy focusing on sustainable urban development of Finland's six largest cities. (Source: City of Helsinki, Climate-friendly Housing Companies, Smart Cities World, 6 June, 2019) Contact: Climate-friendly Housing Companies, info@forumvirium.fi, www.forumvirium.fi/en/climate-friendly-housing-companies-energy-efficiency-through-data-utilisation

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Fortum, Nordkraft JV to Develop Nordic Wind Projects (Int'l Report)
Fortum, Nordkraft
Date: 2019-05-27
Finnish energy company Fortum Oyi and Norway's Nordkraft are touting their Fortum Nordkraft Vind joint venture to develop new wind power projects in Norway.

The two companies have been active in the Nordic wind sector since 2017, when the Finns acquired three Norwegian projects totaling 170 MW from Nordkraft. Nordkraft has also supported Helsinki-headquartered Fortum Oyi on the construction and operation and maintenance of the projects. (Source: Fortum, Nordkraft, renews, 27 May, 2019) Contact: Fortum Oyi, www3.fortum.com;

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U20 Demands Climate Change Action (Opinions Editorials & Asides)
U20
Date: 2019-05-24
At the U20 Mayors Summit Mayors meeting this week in Japan, the mayors of some of the world's major cities urged their national leaders to "leverage the tremendous potential of our cities as hubs of diversity and innovation for the purpose of tackling global challenges, including climate change." Cities from G20 member states, known as the Urban 20 (U20) presented the following recommendations on addressing climate change;

  • Set ambitious targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to peak no later than by 2020, reduce substantially by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.

  • Commit to decarbonizing the energy grid, with 100 pct renewable electricity by 2030, and 100 pct renewable energy by 2050.

  • Enact national regulations and/or planning policy to ensure new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030 and all buildings by 2050.

  • [Help] expedite the transition to zero-emission vehicles and support cities' efforts to diffuse such vehicles.

  • Reduce the generation of plastic waste -- phasing-out certain single-use and hard to recycle plastics in particular.

  • Ensure a just transition to decarbonized development.

    The U20 Communique was signed by the mayors, or governors of Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels-Capital Region, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Christchurch, Durban, Hamburg, Helsinki, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Osaka, Paris, Port Vila, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo City, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo and Tshwane. (Source: U20, Japan Today, 23 May, 2019)

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  • Vestas Supplying Turbines for Fortum's Finland Wind Project (Int'l)
    Vestas
    Date: 2019-05-22
    Vestas is reporting receipt of an order for wind turbines for Helsinki-headquartered utility Fortum Oyj's 90 MW Kalax Wind Project in the province of Narpio in Western Finland. Turbine supply, installation and commissioning, as well as a long-term Active Output Management (AOM 5000) service agreement are included in the contract.

    The project will feature a VestasOnline® Business SCADA solution to lower turbine downtime and optimize the energy output. Turbine delivery is slated for Q2, 2020, for commissioning in Q1, 2021. (Source: Vestas, PR, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Vestas, Christina Schmidt, +49 40 46778 5153, Mobile - +49 (0) 160 90141736., chbut@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Fortum Oyi, Joonas Rauramo, VP Wind Generation, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, +358-50-453-6322, +358 10 4511, vesa.koivisto@fortum.com, www.fortum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum,  Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  


    Neste Touts Estonian Biodiesel Sales, MY Renewable Jet Fuel (Int'l)
    Neste
    Date: 2019-05-08
    In the capital city of Tallinn, Estonian public broadcaster ERR and other media are reporting Helsinki-headquartered renewable diesel fuel producer Neste will begin offering its palm oil biodiesel to Estonian motorists in July, subject to Estonian Environment Ministry approval.

    In other Neste news, the effectiveness of Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel in reducing black carbon emissions has been recognized in a competition organized by the Climate Leadership Coalition, the Bioenergy Association of Finland, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Finnish Environment Institute, and the Central Association of Chimney Sweeps. According to NASA, renewable fuel has the potential to cut particulate emissions by up to 70 pct from aircraft engines. (Source: Neste, Baltic News Network, May, 2019) Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Bioenergy Association of Finland, www.bioenergia.fi/English

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    Oakland Fleet Opts for Neste Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Golden State, the City of Oakland and Helsinki-headquartered Neste report they are partnering to turn used restaurant cooking oils and residues into renewable diesel for use in the city's transport fleet.

    According to a release, switching from petroleum diesel to renewable diesel reduces harmful emissions, reduces fuel costs and allows the city's oldest and most polluting vehicles to "go clean". The fuel is compatible with all diesel engines and cuts engine nitrogen oxides emissions by 9 pct, carbon monoxide emissions by 24 pct and fine particulate matter emissions by 33 pct. The switch to renewable diesel will also help the city fleet cut its greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 74 pct compared to fossil fuel-based diesel. (Source: Neste, Energy Live, 23 April, 2019)Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com, Jeremy Baines, VP Sales, (713)407-4400, usa@neste.com, www.NesteMY.com; City of Oakland Fleet Office, www.oaklandca.gov/staff/richard-battersby

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  Alternative FUel,  


    Air BP, Neste Partnering on Aviation Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    Neste, Air BP
    Date: 2019-04-15
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste, the world's largest producer of renewable diesel fuel reports it is joining Air BP, a leading aviation fuel products and services supplier, to develop a robust supply chain for aviation biofuels in Sweden.

    "Sweden is becoming a leading country in decarbonizing aviation with its proposal to introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden. Together with Air BP we are able to support air transport in Sweden in their efforts, and this collaboration gives both of us valuable insight into developing similar supply chains to decarbonize aviation in other markets," according to Neste President and CEO Peter Vanacker.

    Air BP is the specialised aviation division of BP. Air BP services are available at over 1000 airport locations in 70 countries and serves airlines, commercial aviation and general aviation.

    Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost competitive, low-carbon fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to petroleum diesel. (Source: Air BP, Innovators, 15 April, 2019) Contact: Air BP, Jon Platt, CEO, +27 (11) 488 5111, www.bp.com/en/global/bp-air.html; Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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    €1Mn Prize Offered for Coal Power Plant Replacement Idea (Int'l)
    Coal,Helsinki,Climate Change
    Date: 2019-04-05
    In Finland, Helsinki mayor Jan Vapaavuori is reporting the launch of the €1 million Helsinki Challenge Competition aimed at heating the capital city without burning coal and tackling climate change. The mayor tweeted: "Helsinki Challenge: A million euros to the person who can develop a solution to replace coal burning in the heating of Helsinki in the most sustainable way possible, using the least biomass."

    The Finnish capital has pledged to stop using coal for heating by the year 2029, as Finnish law prohibits using coal for the production of electricity and heat after this date. "The city feels it is sensible that an unsustainable fuel like coal is not replaced with another questionable fuel like biomass or nuclear", according to the mayor.

    According to Helsinki city-owned power utility HELEN, half of its energy is currently produced with coal, but it plans to close its coal-fired Hanasaari power plant by the end of 2024. The utility has constructed 114 MW of alternative energy production in the form of a new wood pellet-fired heating plant in Salmisaari, and has also installed several solar facilities. (Source: City of Helsinki, yle, 4 April, 2019)Contact: City of Helsinki, Mayor's Office,www.hel.fi/helsinki/en/administration/administration/.../mayors/mayor; HELEN, +358 9 6171, www.helen.fi/en

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    UPM Touts BioVerno Diesel to Cut Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    UPM,VTT Technical Research Centre
    Date: 2019-03-08
    (UPM, Helsinki, 7 March 2019 at 10.00 EET) - In Finland, Helsinki headquartered renewable diesel producer UPM is reporting recent off-road vehicle tests at the VTT Technical Research Centre confirm that renewable UPM BioVerno diesel reduces tailpipe emissions. Both the nitrogen oxide and particle emissions were around 10 pct less when compared to a fossil reference fuel.

    High quality sustainable biofuels are a cost-efficient alternative to help reduce traffic emissions and they can be adopted without any changes to vehicles. UPM Biofuels participates in Bio100, a four-year project co-ordinated by VTT with the goal of increasing the share of biofuels used in combustion engines in Helsinki area to at least 50 pct by 2017 and to 70-90 pct by the end of 2019, according to the UPM release. (Source: UPM, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Sari Mannonen, VP . +358 45 265 1345, sari.mannonen@upm.com, ]www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com; VTT Technical Research Centre, Nils-Olof Nylund, +358 400 703 715, nils.olof.nylund@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  VTT Technical Research Centre,  UPM,  


    Finns Legislate 30 pct Biofuel Vehicles by 2029 (Int'l Report)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Helsinki, in keeping with its effort to lower carbon emissions and fight climate change, the Parliament of Finland has voted to increase the percentage of biofuels powered vehicles on the country's highways to 30 pct by 2029. The Parliament also approved similar legislation on "light" heating oil and other bio-based fuel oil starting in 2021.

    The legislation is inline with the government's commitment to lower transportation emissions over the next decade. (Source: Gov. of Finland, Various Media, EnergyLIve, 7 Feb., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend,  Biofuel Vehicles,  


    Nordic Nations Ink Carbon Neutrality Declaration (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Neutrality
    Date: 2019-02-01
    The Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway and Iceland, the Swedish Minister for the Environment and Climate and the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate have announced the Jan. 25th signing of the Declaration on Nordic Carbon Neutrality during a summit in Helsinki, Finland,.

    In the declaration, the five countries commit to enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and intensify their cooperation to:

  • remove obstacles to low-emission development and promote transformations towards renewable energy;

  • promote carbon pricing and fossil fuel subsidy reform;

  • incentivize climate action in the private sector;
  • decarbonize the transport sector and enable green financing and deploy green procurement, green deals and impact investing;

  • promote joint Nordic business and research consortiums and contribute to the development and deployment of, inter alia, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and bioenergy with CCS (BECCS) technologies;

  • maintain or enhance biological carbon sinks and measure carbon sinks with an internationally agreed methodology;

  • develop information on reducing individual climate impacts and use existing consumer information schemes and initiatives on carbon and other environmental impacts on products and services;

  • ensure that youth organizations have a role in awareness raising on climate-friendly consumer behavior;

  • cooperate to encourage Nordic companies, investors, local governments, cities, organizations and consumers to step up their efforts towards carbon neutrality.

    The Nordic Council of Ministers will prepare a proposal on how to follow up on the declaration by 31 August 2019.

    The Copenhagen-headquartered Nordic Council is the official body for formal inter-parliamentary co-operation among the Nordic countries. Formed in 1952, it has 87 representatives from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden as well as from the autonomous areas of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Aland Islands. (Source: Nordic Council of Ministers, IISDS, 31 Jan., 2019) Contact: Nordic Council of Ministers, Sunitha Senanayake, +45 33 96 02 00, Receptionen@norden.org www.norden.org/en/nordic-council

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  • VTT Touts New Woody Biomass Gasification Technology (Int'l)
    VTT
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Helsinki, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is touting its newly developed gasification technology for turning woody biomass and forest industry byproducts, such as bark, sawdust and forestry waste, into transport biofuels and chemicals. The new technique reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 90 pct compared to fossil fuels, according to VTT.

    The new approach uses gasification to turn biomass into intermediate products -- liquid hydrocarbons, methanol or methane -- in production units integrated with communal district heating plants or forest industry power plants. The intermediate products are processed further in oil refineries to make renewable fuels or chemicals.

    VTT developed and piloted the new gasification process and evaluated the competitiveness of plants based on the technique in the course of a recently concluded project called BTL2030. The distributed generation process developed by the project team makes efficient use of the energy content of biomass, according to VTT. (Source: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Canadian Biomass, Jan., 2019) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, +358 20 722 7070, info@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com

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    Neste, ScanOcean Partner on Marine Fuel Distribution (Int'l)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-12-19
    In Helsinki, Finnish renewable fuel producer Neste reports it is partnering with bunker and marine fuel supplier ScanOcean AB to deliver and resell Neste's low-sulfur marine fuel in the Stockholm area on the east coast of Sweden.

    With this agreement, Neste's marine fuels are now available at all Finnish ports and through ScanOcean cooperation, according to the press release. (Source: Neste, PR, Biofuels Int'l, 18 Dec., 2018)Contact: Neste Oil Corp., Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , Jacob Granqvist, Marine Fuels & Services Manager, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; ScanOcean AB, Jonatan Karlstrom, GM, www.scanocean.se

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewabole Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  Neste,  Marine Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    Neste Expanding Renewable Diesel Production in Singapore (Int'l)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-12-14
    In Helsinki, Finnish biofuel producer and oil refiner Neste reports it will invest €1.4 billion to boost its biofuel production capacity in Singapore. The expansion will increase Neste's production capacity to 4.5 million tpy by 2022 from a current 2.7 million tonnes.

    Neste currently produces biofuels in Singapore, Rotterdam and Porvoo, Finland. The new production line is due to start in 2022. (Source: Neste, Various Media, Dec., 2018) Contact: Neste, Peter Vanacker, CEO, Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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    Finland Recalculates Forest Carbon Sink Capacity (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Sink
    Date: 2018-12-14
    In Helsinki, the Finnish Natural Resources Institute is reporting Finland could safely consume over 80 million cubic meters of its forest wood annually without disturbing the forest's carbon storage capacity.

    The Institute notes that earlier assessments of the size of the country's forest carbon sink had been underestimated and did not take the faster growth rate of forests under the influence of global warming and a warmer climate. The Institute added that even though the Finnish carbon sink will shrink because of wood usage, it would not be reduced to a critical level any time before 2050. The current level of forest use is roughly 70 million cubic meters annually. The government has aimed at an increase up to 80 million.

    The Institute study was in compliance with EU land usage decree requirements that members inform the EC by the end of 2018 about estimated carbon sink levels of their forests in 2021-2025. They will then be analyzed by experts from the EU and members. The EU Commission will define the final values in 2020. (Source: Finnish Natural Resources Institute , Xinhua, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Finnish Natural Resources Institute, +358 29 532 6000, www.luke.fi/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sink,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Carbon Emissions,  Forest Carbon,  


    Finnair Touts Biofuel, CO2 Emissions Offset Service (Int'l)
    Finnair,Nordic Environment Finance Corporation
    Date: 2018-12-12
    Further to our July 30th coverage, Finland's national air carrier Finnair reports it will offer a new service allowing customers to offset the CO2 emissions of their flights by funding emissions reduction projects or carbon sinks, or by supporting the use of biofuels, beginning in early 2019. Finnair's partners for its offset service will include Dutch SkyNRG company and for emission reduction projects, Finnairand the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), an international financial institution backed by the Nordic states.

    The Helsinki-headquartered airline is part of an initiative driven by Shell, SkyNRG, World Energy, San Francisco Airport and several other airlines, which aims to pave the way for a longer term, more resilient supply chain for sustainable aviation fuels, and thus supporting the aviation industry's common CO2 emission reduction targets. (Source: Finnair, Travel Daily, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Finnair, Kati Ihamaki, Director, Corporate Sustainability, www.finnair.com; Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, www.nefco.org; www.nefco.org; SkyNRG, Maarten van Dijk, Director, Merel Laroy, +31 6 3083 3505, merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

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    Finnish Airports Switching to Neste MY Renewable Diesel (Int'l)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-11-16
    In Helsinki, Finland's national airline, Finavia, reports it will use Neste MY Renewable Diesel in vehicles at Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittila airports in Finland. The switch to Neste renewable fuel is part of Finavia's commitment to airport carbon neutrality by 2020.

    Neste's renewable diesel is currently available from 13 light traffic and 13 heavy traffic filling stations in southern Finland, Jyvaskyla and Seinsjoki. Neste plans to develop fuel stations in northern Finland. (Source: Finavia, Neste, Airport Technology , 14 Nov., 2018)Contact: Neste Oil Corp., Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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