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Sweco Report Confirms Extensive Swedish Trade Deficit for Sustainable Biofuels - Despite Major Swedish Potential

Swedish control means for fuel stimulates imports of biofuels does not help increase domestic production of Swedish sustainable biofuels. Only a fraction of the potential for using Swedish raw materials for biofuels is utilized today. By creating the right conditions, innovation and industrial development in the Swedish biofuels industry could happen. It shows a new report from Sweco.  

Sweco has assessed the prerequisites for reaching political climate objectives in the transport sector based on today's policy instruments. According to the report, Sweco estimates that there are obstacles to achieving several of the goals set.

Sweco proposes a remediation policy for biofuels and suggests that an investigation on how domestic production can be increased is added. The report states that "The investigation could be similar to the recently announced inquiry into the future of Swedish biogas. The investigation should review how different instruments harmonize with each other and provide suggestions for specific instruments that could create innovation and industrial development."

"If Sweden is to be an example in the transition to renewable fuels, we need to utilize the unique potential of Swedish sustainable raw materials from forestry and agriculture. We need a policy that stimulates domestic production of biofuels, "says Helene Samuelsson, Communications Manager at Preem.

“Swedish biomass control tools are aimed at increasing the use of biofuels only, but lack incentives to conserve and increase domestic production of biofuels. This approach must be changed. Increased Swedish production would lead to more jobs, a living rural area and safer energy supply”, said Alarik Sandrup, chief executive officer at Lantmännen.

Read the full report from Sweco (only in Swedish):
"Measures and instruments in the transport sector - Effects on the biofuels development (PDF)"

For further information, please contact:
Preem's Press Office, +46 70 450 10 01,
Helene Samuelsson, Communications Manager, Preem, 46 70 450 12 22
Lantmännen’s Press Office, +46 10 556 88 00,
Alarik Sandrup, Head of Industry Policy, Lantmännen, +46 70 602 87 80

Preem is the largest fuel company in Sweden. Our vision is to lead the transformation towards a sustainable society. Our two refineries are among the most modern and environmentally adapted in Europe, with a refining capacity of more than 18 million cubic meters of crude oil per year. Our business encompasses production, sales, distribution, trading and goods supply. We refine and sell petrol, diesel, heating oil and renewable fuels to companies and consumers in Sweden and Norway. Around two-thirds of our production is exported. We also have a nationwide service network with some 570 fuel stations for private and commercial traffic. Preem employs around 1,400 people, of which 950 work at the refineries. Preem had a turnover of SEK 69 billion in 2017. Read more at