First national RES-T100 statistics published
Updated in June 2016
One of the key climate change mitigation actions is substitution of fossil primary energy sources (fossil fuels and fossil electricity) in transportation applications by renewable primary energy sources (RES), i.e. RES-T (Renewable Energy Sources in Transportation) consisting of RES-fuels and RES-E (Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources).
An essential political action to enable this is creation of fossil fuel independent transportation energy systems. It requires building supply infrastructure for 100 % RES and development of vehicle fleets for ability to utilize 100 % RES. Fossil fuel independence does not mean ending fossil fuel use, because almost all vehicles able to utilize 100 % RES are energy flexible and able to consume fossil energy as well. Therefore, fossil fuel independent system can be created without delays and it can co-exist with the old system while gradually replacing it.
Blending biocomponents into fossil fuels does not lead to fossil fuel independent transportation energy systems, because such policy does not result in development of vehicle fleets and filling station infrastructure for 100 % renewable energy utilization. RES-T100 (100 % Renewable Energy Sources in Transportation) technologies need to become the main focus in transportation energy policies. To that end, one necessary tool is statistical data. Relevant statistics must be created and maintained.
Finland is the first country in the world where national RES-T100 statistics have been developed and published. Report "RES-T100 statistics - case Finland" contains description of methodology and its application to Finnish case in 2014. Main results are shown in the diagramme below.