Finland Will Need to Import Biomass to Keep Warm

  • 03-Jun-2019
  • Finland Will Need to Import Biomass to Keep Warm

Finland is the most heavily forested country in Europe. That makes Finland rich in biomass.

Biomass is fuel developed from organic materials. It includes forest, parts of trees as well as plant and animal waste. Yet the northern European nation may soon be unable to meet an expected 70% rise in demand for biomass fuel once it stops using coal.

Earlier this year, Finland approved a measure to ban the use of coal in energy production by May 2029. Power companies will now have to find other ways to keep Finns warm. Coal currently makes up about 20% of the energy used for heating homes.

There are limited plans to use more natural gas to produce heat. Other heating sources, such as geothermal energy and the sun’s energy, are not yet commercially viable in Finland. In other words, power companies lack the technology to effectively use such sources and earn a profit.
China To Issue Scrap Metal Import License By End June

Argus Media reported that China's ecology and environment ministry will expedite the import licensing process for scrap metal consumers that meet its application requirements and could issue licenses by the end of June. The Minister said that "For applications that meet the conditions, the ministry will speed up the process and strive to approve and issue the first batch of scrap metal import licenses by end-June.”

Under the policy introduced in January, all scrap metal importers in China must obtain licenses by 1 July in order to continue receiving ferrous and non-ferrous deliveries from overseas. Each importer will be assigned a quota of permissible tonnage but the details have yet to be released. Licenses will only be issued to companies that are legally registered to process and consume scrap metal. These firms must also have storage and processing facilities that meet environmental standards.

Applicants must not have violated environmental rules in the past two years. Violations include the importing of banned scrap and illegally obtaining import and scrap transfer licenses through false documentation. In addition, applicants must also not have breached emissions rules in the past year.

In a bid to avoid the stringent Chinese policy, many scrap processors in China have relocated to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand or Vietnam.

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