New biofuel and energy technology investment aid available in Finland

The Finnish Government has approved an new investment aid scheme intended for future energy solutions. It plans to allocate a total of EUR 80 million for the investment aid in 2017 and 2018. Aid can be sought for investments of more than EUR 5 million that concern the production of advanced transport biofuels or pilot projects for new energy technology.

Driving the investment aid is the need for Finland to achieve its national targets and the targets laid down at EU level for 2030. Under the Government Programme, the use of renewable energy will be increased in a sustainable way so that its share will rise to more than 50 per cent during the 2020s and the self-sufficiency in renewable energy to more than 55 per cent. The Government Programme also envisages that the share of renewable transport fuels will be raised to 40 per cent by 2030 and that Finland will stop using coal in energy production and halve the use of imported oil for domestic needs during the 2020s.

"This is a unique opportunity also for international companies. Finland is an ideal location for production of advanced traffic biofuels. We have major demand for new capacity, well-functioning policies already in place and world class partners available. this new investment aid shall further facilitate the targeted growth," says Jari Tielinen, Senior Advisor, Finpro - Invest in Finland.

The aid applications must be submitted to the Ministry of Employment and the Economy by 18 March 2016 but the applications can still be supplemented after this date. The second application round will take place in early 2017. The projects applying for investment aid will be competing with each other. The aid is granted on the basis of overall consideration, in which account is taken of the amount of energy produced and cost-efficiency, as well as, inter alia, project viability, the novelty value of the project technology and the replicability of the project or the technology.

Further information, please contact: Mr Jari Tielinen Senior Advisor Finpro - Invest in Finland jari.tielinen@investinfinland.fi tel. + 358 40 084 9270