All Buses and Heavy Equipment Running on Biofuels
The Helsinki Metropolitan Area’s buses, heavy equipment and trucks will transition to using waste and residue-based biofuels by 2020. This reduces carbon dioxide and particulate emissions.
What is it all about
Carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 80%, or 120 000 tonnes per year.
Urban citizens are less exposed to air pollution: particulate emissions are reduced by up to 30%.
Biofuels can be used in all the world’s cities and ports, for example, which signifies global market potential worth billions of euros.
One of the first urban regions in the world to use 100% waste and residue-based fuels.
A unique public and commercial sector collaboration model based on voluntarism to mitigate climate change.
The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority’s (HSL) buses and the commercial vehicles, heavy equipment and trucks of the Helsinki City Construction Services, Stara, will transition to using 100% waste and residue-based biofuels by 2020. This will reduce the Helsinki Metropolitan Area’s carbon dioxide emissions, as well as local particulate and nitrogen emissions, which will be particularly noticeable in the air quality of Helsinki’s city centre.
Smart & Clean and the Climate Leadership Coalition brought all the key actors together and facilitated the discussion so a shared goal could be set. Cooperation between the various actors in the Bio100 project enables a fast transition to biofuels without the need to reform vehicles or distribution infrastructure. HSL’s metropolitan area transport includes about 1 400 buses that consume about 40 000 tonnes of fuel each year. The amount of fuel used by Stara’s own equipment is about 2 000 tonnes. A total of 500 000 tonnes of biofuels are produced in Finland each year.
Helsinki Region Transport Authority HSL, City of Espoo, City of Vantaa, Helsinki City construction service Stara, Posti, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labour, Neste, Teboil, St1, UPM, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Oil.fi.
Where are we going
Negotiations between transport operators, HSL and fuel suppliers are ongoing. Goals have been jointly accepted in the project, which indicate the Helsinki Region’s willingness to find quick solutions to mitigate climate change. The goal of 100% biofuels will very likely be achieved. The cities of Espoo and Vantaa have joined the project and Posti has joined as an observer member.