Renewable biofuels and plywood offer solid solutions for green transport – without requiring costly investment in new cars or fuel distribution systems. The challenges presented by climate change are a source of deep concern and fierce debate across the globe. The need for decisive action is glaringly visible especially in transport, which is currently a main source of carbon dioxide emissions. In Finland, one fifth of carbon dioxide emissions derive from the transportation sector, 90% of which are caused by road traffic. The Nordic country aims to halve transport greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has calculated that this can goal could be achieved if 30% of all transport fuel were renewable biofuel, and if fossil-based vehicles were to be replaced by 250,000 electric cars and 50,000 biogas cars.
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of a New Source Review (NSR) project emissions accounting (PEA) proposed rule. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the proposal on August 1.
“We appreciate the EPA’s recognition of the need for sensible NSR accounting procedures that will provide a clear and concise approach to air permitting under the Clean Air Act. Codifying the concepts in the March 2018 PEA memo to allow increases and decreases in emissions to be counted together will exclude minor projects from a burdensome and inefficient permitting process. This NSR rule is part of a broader EPA effort to modernize an antiquated and complicated system and ensure our industry’s global competitiveness.
“We will continue to partner with stakeholders and decision makers to advance regulatory process reforms such as this to support our industry’s ability to innovate, invest and create American manufacturing jobs.”