Sustainable fuels

The Swedish Energy Agency is the supervising authority for certain areas of Swedish legislation that concerns fuels, biofuels, and bioliquids. The legislation is based on two European directives, the Renewable Energy Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive. These directives are often referred to as the RED and the FQD respectively.

The directives have been transposed to Swedish legislation through Act (2010:598) concerning sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids; and the Fuel Quality Act (2011:319).

Two acts

The first of these two acts is called the Renewables act (HBL, which is the abbreviation for the Swedish name hållbarhetslagen). This act establishes a set of sustainability criteria that have to be met in order for biofuels and bioliquids to be considered sustainable in Sweden.

Under the link "Sustainability criteria" in the menu to the left, you can find information regarding the general framework, presentations, and statutes related to the Renewables act.

The second act mentioned above, the Fuel quality act, contains fuel specifications and reporting requirements imposed on fuel suppliers concerning supplied volumes, greenhouse gas emissions, and the origin of fuels. We call this act by its full name, but it is often abbreviated DML for drivmedelslagen in Swedish.

Under the link "Fuel quality act" in the menu to the left, you can find short information regarding the general framework concerning those areas of this legislation that the Swedish Energy Agency is responsible for.


The unit for emission trading and fuels at the Swedish Energy Agency can be reached on