Finland is a pioneer as a producer and user of bioenergy. Renewable energy already represents almost 35% of the final energy consumption in Finland. The objective set for Finland by the EU is 38% by 2020. Wood accounts for 80% of our renewable energy and in the future, too, most of the growth in the renewable energy production and consumption will be based on wood biomasses.

Wood is by far the main raw material of our energy production, with a share higher than those of oil, coal or natural gas when the energy generated in the wood industry processes are taken into account in addition to the direct use of wood for energy.

Most of our renewable energy is produced by the side streams of wood-based industries. The combined production of electricity and heat in many towns and cities is also based on renewable wood raw material. In the future the energy fractions of the side streams of agriculture and food industry will also be even more efficiently used for energy production.

The use of wood-based transport biofuels is growing rapidly in Finland. We are already producing bio-oil based on pyrolysis, and further processing of pine oil created in the pulp production process into second-generation biodiesel is getting started. Processing plants for other wood-based fuels are also being planned.