Sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids

A given set of sustainability criteria that cover the entire production chain of a biofuel or bioliquid, from feedstock production to end use, shall be fulfilled for it to be considered sustainable in Sweden. To be eligible for tax reductions, fuels must also conform to the EU guidelines on state aid.

Act (2010:598) concerning sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids ensures that those biofuels and bioliquids that are used in Sweden fulfil these criteria, it came into force on 1 October 2010. Government Bill 2010/11:152 proposed several amendments to the act, which were subsequently accepted by the Swedish Parliament in September 2011. The new act entered into force on 1 November 2011. As of 1 January 2016 the act has been updated to also accommodate the EU guidelines on state aid. More information on this can be found in the document "Production plant decision".

The Swedish legislative framework concerning biofuels and bioliquids is based on the European Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, also known as the RED, and is aimed at suppliers and users of biofuels and bioliquids.

On the right side of this page is a general presentation on the Swedish system as well as the criteria regarding plant decisions which is also a part of the Swedish law. There are also lists of granted sustainability decisions, operators that have been reviewed and approved and production granted plant decisions.