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Helsinki has 2020 biofuels vision


A Helsinki service provider is shifting to using renewable fuels in its vehicles and machines.

Neste will supply Stara with its Neste MY Renewable Diesel as part of the BioSata biofuels project. The objective is for vehicles and machinery run by the City of Helsinki, and the busses run by Helsinki Region Transport HSL, to shift to renewables by the end of the decade.

Stara Unit Director, Sami Aherva said: “We will start our step-by-step switch to renewable diesel in the beginning of July. In total, 200 Stara’s working machines and utility vehicles used in the Helsinki city center will be running on renewable diesel. Switching to biofuels will markedly reduce carbon dioxide and local particulate as well as nitrogen oxide emissions in the city center.”

The Neste MY Renewable Diesel is made from waste and residue materials and sold in the Finnish market.

“It is really remarkable to be able to make the air cleaner in Helsinki, the capital and the largest city in Finland. This will benefit the operators of Stara’s working machines and trucks and really everyone in the city. Like a recent study by Tampere University of Technology showed, local emissions may be reduced by dozens of percents overnight with the switch to renewable diesel,” added Sam Holmberg, Vice President responsible for Neste’s Marketing and Services business area in Finland.

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