Helsinki city construction service Stara’s utility vehicles and busses commissioned by Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) will use only renewable biofuels by 2020. This is pioneering in the world.
The project reduces CO2 emissions as well as local micro particle and NoX emissions. The effects will be biggest in the Helsinki centre air quality.
Bio100 enables a fast transition to biofuels as all the important stakeholders are involved. The benefit of high grade biofuels is that they don’t require building of new infrastructure and old vehicles can be used.
HSL’s Helsinki region public transport system uses around 1 400 busses that use around 40 000 tons of fuel a year. Stara’s vehicles use around 2 000 tons. All together nearly 500 000 tons of biofuels are produce a year in Finland.
The Smart & Clean Foundation and Climate Leadership Council LC invited all the stakeholders to discussions and facilitated them. The fuel producers, HSL, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labour found a common ground thanks to these effort and have been able to achieve a significant change.
The project stage
Common goals have been set. Currently operators and fuel providers are negotiating contracts. The goal of 100 percent biofuels will most likely be reached.