As part of the country’s continuing fight against illegal logging and promote responsible forestry, Filipino stakeholders are working with the government as they push to establishment a national forest certification system. With the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week taking place last week in the Philippines, we travelled out to the country to meet with policy makers as they embark on the development process. Both PEFC International representatives and our National members from the region were on hand to give their advice and guidance.
The Finnish Parliament has yesterday 6 February 2019 approved a law that sets a gradually increasing 30% biofuels target for 2030. Furthermore, the law sets a world-leading advanced biofuels target of 10% in 2030.
UPM welcomes the Finnish government’s ambition to take transport decarbonisation seriously:
“UPM is a leading producer of advanced biofuels as defined by the EU Renewable Energy Directive, and we consider this move by Finland as a bold step forward in setting concrete measures for transport decarbonisation,” says Sari Mannonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels.
UPM produces wood-based UPM BioVerno renewable diesel at the Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland. UPM is also studying opportunities for growth in the biofuels industry and has recently concluded an environmental impact assessment for a potential 500,000 t/a biorefinery in Kotka, Finland.
“We salute the decision by the Finnish parliament and welcome the fact that many other countries, such as Sweden and Norway, are also walking the talk on climate change mitigation in the transport sector,” says Marko Janhunen, Director, Public Affairs, UPM.
“Transport decarbonisation requires utilization of the whole toolbox – we need all financially and technologically feasible means from sustainable biofuels to electrification and engine efficiency improvements to be deployed,” Janhunen concludes.