14.10.2015 Fossil free energy strategy of Northern Karelia: myth or reality?

14.10.2015 at 14:01

Maxim Trishkin

Finland is one of the leading countries in terms of use of bioenergy from woody biomass in the world. The increased share of biomass resources utilization is in line with one of the three specialization choises set up by Regional Council of Northern Karelia which is forest bioeconomy. It is a new era of natural resources which includes forest-based bioenergy, decentralized bio-refinery and wood-based materials, forest technology and logistics of forest harvesting, bioinformation economy, sustainable multiuse of forests and natural resources. Each of the specialization in forest bioenomy is a smart specialization choices, which means that it supports advanced technological process. Involvement into bioeconomy in general supports the competitiveness of the forestry sector and strengthening of expertise. Successful expertise or so called “good or best practices” are the key channels to strengthening the internationalization and expansion to foreign markets. One of the closest big markets for Finnish bioenergy sector is Russia. However current political situation and energy policy is providing very little possibilities for know-how transfer and best practices. Finland has a diverse experience on forestry resource efficiency which makes the potential products cost efficient and competitive from one side, of course human costs is another side. Efficiency of utilization is driven by increased material efficiency, improvement of recycling and focusing on low carbon and being climate change preventive.

Being advanced and front-runner on bioenergy sector in Northern Karelia is lead by the fact of having a adequate policy instruments and special programmes related to that. Thus, North Karelia Regional Strategy 2030 includes energy sector objective “Fossil Oil Free Region 2030”. Besides that North Karelia regional Programme 2014 under the title “The renewable Energy Model region”. Moreover North Karelia Climate and Energy Programme 2020: “Fossil Oil Region 2020 in heating and power generation”. All in all favorable political environment, availability of expertise and existing potential to increase use of woody biomass for energy production of cost-competitive manner makes it more of reality than a myth. What do you think?

P.S. Currently renewables contribute 63% to North Karelia energy sector, whereas over 80% is woody biomass. Quite a starting point for development of bioeconomy and fossil free energy supply, what do you think?

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